By Joe Bruno
In past columns, I've attacked everything from unscrupulous boxing promoters (DungKing-----Bullshit Bob Arum), to incompetent and biased boxing judges (take your pick), tohaughty boxing honchos (Seth "Shrimp" Abraham of HBO). But now I'm going to give you boxing fans some insight into the inner workings of the Boxing Writers Association, anorganization almost seventy years old, who for years have done nothing for boxing but togive out questionable awards, sometimes to their own members.The Boxing Writers Association (once more properly called The New York Boxing WritersAssociation) was formed in the middle 1920's, and some of it's illustrious early presidentswere Nat Fleishcher of the "Bible of Boxing" Ring Magazine, and boxing writer EdSullivan, who later changed hats and gave black and white TV viewers a "Really big shew"every Sunday night at eight pm.In the late 1970's, I was a wide-eyed neophyte boxing writer doing a full page of boxingevery Monday for the News World in New York City. In fact, I was the only full- time boxing writer employed for any daily newspaper in the city of New York. So, I summonedthe courage and applied for admittance into the hallowed Boxing Writers Association.Unfortunately, I was not met with open arms.The old fogies in the Boxing Writes Association probably thought if your name is JoeBruno and you were born and raised in Mafia territory in Little Italy, I had to be somehowconnected to "The Boys." They had already rid boxing of Frankie Carbo and BlinkiePalermo( two paisans who ran boxing with an iron fist and steel bullets for many years, andwent to prison for their troubles), so accepting another vowel-ending member was not onthe top of their list of important things to do. Yet, after careful consideration (and maybethe fear of having their knees broken), I was reluctantly issued my Boxing WritersAssociation membership card.My heart fluttered, as I not sat down and broke bread with my early sports writingheroes---Red Smith and Dick Young. But I was soon shocked and dismayed to find out thatthe majority of the members of the Boxing Writers Association were not boxing writers atall, but in fact public relations people, most working for various boxing promotersthroughout the country.Sure, their were crack boxing scribes like Mike Katz, then of the New York Times, andEddie Schuyler of Associated Press, but the men who carried most of the weight and madeall of the decisions were the late Murray Goodman (PR person for Don King), Irving Rudd(Bob Arum), Boxing Writers recording secretary Tommy Kenville (Madison SquareGarden) John Condon (Madison Square Garden), Trish McCormick (Madison SquareGarden), and independent PR persons-for-hire Rich Rose, Irvin Rosey, Eddie Pitcher,Harold Conrad, Howie Dolgen and Patti Dryfus. There were more boxing press agents whowere also voting members of the Boxing Writers Association, but their names and facesnow escape me.