The boxing world is mourning the death of manager Rich Masini. Masini of Holmdel, New Jersey died Sunday after a long illness.
Masini is 56 years old and has been a fixture on the New Jersey/Pennsylvania boxing circuit. He has managed fighters such as heavyweight John Lennox, super middleweight Gabriel Pham, cruiserweight Jaywon Woods, junior welterweight Anthony “Juice” Young and Danny Murray.
Masini has also helped many local promoters in their shows.
“I was introduced to Rich Masini by 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 card. I had Anthony “Juice” Young was in attendance with me that night. Rich and I talked about me coaching John Lennox and Rich managing Anthony Young’s career. From there we started a friendship and a working partnership. together to promote and manage the careers of “The Breed” John Lennox, Anthony “Juice” Young, Jaywon Woods, Gabriel Pham and Dan Murray. Rich Masini was a hardworking and motivated manager who believed wholeheartedly in his fighters and he would go the extra mile to help them both inside and outside. His presence and voice will be missed in our boxing community. My prayers and condolences go out to his wife Joanne and son Richie and his entire family at this time of great loss.” said Ray McCline, president of the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame and Masini’s trustee.
“Rich was a kind and great friend and mentor. He will be greatly missed in the boxing world,” said Thomas LaManna, middleweight contender.
There will be a public viewing for Masini that will take place this Friday at the Paul Ippolito Berkeley Memorial (646 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922) between 4 PM and 8 PM.
Masini is survived by his wife Joanne and five children