The Boxing world is mourning the passing of manager Rich Masini. Masini of Holmdel, New Jersey passed away on Sunday after battling an illness.
Masini was 56 years-old and was a fixture on the New Jersey / Pennsylvania boxing circuit. He managed fighters such as heavyweight John Lennox, super middleweight Gabriel Pham, cruiserweight Jaywon Woods, junior welterweight’s Anthony “Juice” Young and Danny Murray.
Masini also helped a lot of local promoters put on shows.
“I was introduced to Rich Masini through a mutual friend Paul Pape in 2011 at the Paul Williams vs Erislandy Lara fight at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, his Heavyweight Boxer John “The Breed” Lennox was fighting on the undercard. I had Anthony “Juice” Young attending with me that night. Rich and I spoke about me training John Lennox and Rich managing Anthony Young’s career. From there we began a friendship as well as a partnership working together to develop and guide the careers of “The Breed” John Lennox, Anthony “Juice” Young, Jaywon Woods, Gabriel Pham and Dan Murray. Rich Masini was a hard working and passionate manager that believed wholeheartedly in his fighters and would go the extra mile to help them in and out of the ring. His presence and voice will be dearly missed in our boxing community. My prayers and condolences go out to his wife Joanne and his son Richie and his entire family during this time of great loss.,” said Ray McCline, President of The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame and confidant to Masini
“Rich was one of a kind and a great friend and mentor. He will be deeply missed around the boxing world,” said middleweight contender / promoter Thomas LaManna.
There will be a public viewing for Masini which will take place this Friday at the Paul Ippolito Berkely Memorial (646 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922) between 4 PM and 8 PM.
Masini is survived by his wife Joanne and five children