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2009 Inductees
DAN COSGROVE
When inside a boxing ring, Dan Cosgrove usually showed his opponents who was boss. He won 31 of 34 fights between 1931 and 1934. Cosgrove was much the same after he retired. He became known as the “Boss of Branford.” Though he never ran for political office, Cosgrove became legendary for his behind the scenes work during 20 years as the head of the 12th District Democratic State Central Committee.

JACK DELANEY
77-12-2

Delaney lived in Bridgeport during most of his career as a fighter. He went 77-12-2 with 44 knockouts and two no contests. Delaney had a win over Tommy Loughran in 1924 before getting a light heavyweight title shot against Paul Berlenbach. Delaney lost a 15-round decision. When he got a rematch 15 months later, Delaney knocked Berlenbach down once and won a unanimous decision to win the world light heavyweight title. Delaney gave up his light heavyweight crown in 1927 and moved up to heavyweight. If he had beaten Jimmy Maloney, Delaney would have had a shot against CBHOF inductee Gene Tunney. Delaney died in Bridgeport in 1948.

JOHN SCULLY
38-11

Boxing has been in Scully’s blood for nearly his entire life. He was a highly successful amateur. He was a solid professional. Now a trainer, Scully has worked with world champions. Scully twice fought for the world light heavyweight title. The lifelong Windsor resident won a New England middleweight crown and also captured an Eastern Regional national amateur championship. Scully had a 38-11 record as a professional.

JULIE KOGON
81-38-17

Julie Kogon was a busy fighter during his nine years as a pro. Kogon began boxing in 1941. By the time the New Haven product finished his career in 1950, Kogon had fought 137 times. His record was 81-38-17 with 36 knockouts. In 1947, Kogon captured the New England welterweight title when he won a decision over Pat Demers in front of his hometown fans in New Haven. One reason Kogon became immensely popular was because he fought in his hometown often. He once fought in New Haven seven consecutive times, losing only one of those bouts. Kogon was ranked the No. 10 lightweight in the world in 1944. Kogon faced CBHOF inductee Willie Pep in one bout and held his own, losing a decision to one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters of all time. Kogon went on to become an intramural boxing instructor at Yale. He died on December 20, 1986.

SAL DIMARTINO
38-11-7

When Sal DiMartino stepped into a boxing ring for his first pro bout, he was still a teenager. DiMartino made his pro debut at the age of 19 in March of 1948. He knocked out Johnny Warren in the first round of a middleweight bout in Hartford. DiMartino went on to post a 38-11-7 record. It took him a little more than a year to chalk up an impressive victory. He won a decision over CBHOF inductee Vic Cardell in September of 1949. DiMartino also fought to a draw with boxing legend Joey Giardello in 1952. DiMartino defeated Mike Gillo to capture the Connecticut State middleweight title in August of 1952.

VITO TALLARITA
Born in Italy in 1922, Vito Tallarita moved to Enfield when he was seven. He quickly took a shine to boxing and was an amateur flyweight in the 1940s who twice had bouts against legendary featherweight world champion Willie Pep. Realizing his limitations as a fighter, Tallarita delved into the promotional and matchmaking elements of the sport and quickly earned a reputation as one of the best in the business. Tallarita was the matchmaker for Marlon Starling’s first 20 pro bouts as well as all five of Leonard’s bouts in New England before he became a world champion. Tallarita had a relationship with several well-known figures in boxing, including Frazier, 1972 Olympic gold medallist Duane Bobick, and Ali's trainer, Angelo Dundee, who also trained Leonard. Tallarita passed away in 1984.


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