Ed Brophy was born on December 30th ,1956 in Canastota ,New York ,the same year Canastota’s Carmen Basilio lost and regained the world welterweight championship bouts with johnny Saxton .
As a Teenager his next door neighbor was Canastota’s welterweight champion Billy Backus.It seems that Brophy was destined to have a life in the “sweet Science.”
And that’s exactly what happened from his youth ,where he worked odd jobs to make enough money to purchase The Ring Magazine and other boxing books,a love and passion for the support of boxing was born that would last a lifetime .Thorough the years he has explored all aspects of the sport-amateur boxer, trainer, manager, promoter, and historian .
One of the pivotal moments in his life came on March 8,1971 when the 15-year old sat by the radio listening to the round –by round report of “The Fight of The Century “ between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier at Madison Square Garden.
In 1994 Brophy was named Executive Director of the newly formed International Boxing Hall of Fame.Under the leadership the Hall of Fame opened 1n 1990.The annual Induction Weekend is now held each June to honor those who have excelled and also serves as a reunion for members of the worldwide boxing community.
Over the next 26 years the Hall of Fame has seen an addition to the Museum and the construction of an on-site event pavilion to host special events and display the ever growing collection of boxing memorabilia including the famous MSG ring that was donated to the Hall in 2007.
Through the collective efforts of Brophy and a team of volunteers ,Canastota has become a second hometown to the legends of pugilism. The Sport of Boxing has a permanent home and Canastota is proud to be “The Showplace of Boxing.”
International Boxing Hall of Fame Executive Director Ed Brophy, was inducted into The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame , for his Contribution to Boxing, See his exclusive interview right here in our World Liberty TV, Boxing Channel.