Original article courtesy of Marist Public Affairs
Boxing Instructor Ron Lipton Receives 2015 Jose Torres Renaissance Man Lifetime Boxing Award
A former boxer and sparring partner to champions, Lipton continues to referee professional bouts and is a noted historian and writer on “the sweet science”
Recently, Ron Lipton, adjunct instructor of physical education and a veteran boxer, referee, and historian of the sport, who teaches boxing at Marist, received the prestigious 2015 Jose Torres Renaissance Man Award from the Veteran Boxer’s Foundation of New York, Ring 10.
The award was presented in a September 13th ceremony at the Marina Del Rey in the Bronx. Current and former boxing champions from all weight divisions attended the event, along with commentators from HBO and ESPN, boxing historians, and other celebrities. Among the luminaries from the world of boxing in attendance were Lou Savarese – who fought Mike Tyson, George Foreman, and Evander Holyfield – and “Poison” Junior Jones.
The award is named in honor of boxing legend and Lipton’s friend, the late Jose Torres. Torres was an Olympic silver medalist, a former World Light Heavyweight champion, one-time New York State Athletic Commission Chairman, and the author of several books on Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. Lipton and Torres each boxed with many of the same great fighters.
“I was very grateful to receive such a prestigious boxing award from my peers,” Lipton said.
As a an active professional referee, Lipton has officiated some of the most high-profile fights of recent decades. As a boxer, he was the paid sparring partner of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Middleweight and Light Heavyweight Champion Dick Tiger, Lightweight Champion Carlos Ortiz and, most famously, “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali. His career has spanned the worlds of boxing and law enforcement. He worked as a police officer and, later, a detective in the Hudson County, N.J. Prosecutor’s Office.
At Marist, Lipton has taught a one-credit course in physical fitness for the School of Science at Marist College for nearly two decades, and his approach to wellness and physical fitness have had an impact on the thousands of students who have taken his class over the years.
Ron Lipton brings an intensity to his boxing class that is unparalleled. His extensive knowledge about the proper nutrition, boxing techniques and exercise regimes elevates the class. His stories of working with Muhammad Ali helps to educate his students on proper boxing techniques and the history of the sport. He sincerely cares about his students and always encourages them to perform better, be happier and healthier individuals as well as do the very best you can. This boxing class is one of the best offered at Marist because of its attention to exercising and eating healthy and its awesome, enthusiastic instructor, Ron Lipton.” – Jordyn Seignious, ’12
“Taking a class with Ron Lipton as an instructor was like no other class I’ve ever taken. He pushed his students out of their comfort zones only to show the underlying strength that we didn’t know was in us. This class was an awesome experience for me,” said Nicole Havill, a former student of Mr. Lipton’s. “He was very informative and gave us some insight into his impressive background. He kicked our butts and taught us a lot, but also had a good sense of humor,” added Devon Bakoledis, another former student.
Lipton has won awards and acclaim for his work in theater and film for his boxing choreography and is still one of the best known professional boxing referees in the world having stood between some of the greatest legends in boxing as the third man in the ring on HBO, ESPN, and Pay Per View. He is currently working on a memoir, titled “Angels In My Corner.”