Diliberto Goes Down in Boxing History

On Aug. 11, 2006, Danny Diliberto, famed professional pool player, will be inducted into the hall of fame for his other love: boxing. Under the training of the great Angelo Dundee, Diliberto’s career consisted of 14 wins, one draw, and no losses.

The organization recognizing Diliberto is called the New York Boxing Association, and will be inducting him into the Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame. “This Hall of Fame is intended to honor the many western New York boxing legends,” said Jack Green, president of the New York Boxing Association and chairman of the selection committee. Former inductees include Monsignor Fanklin Kelliher, honored for vital role of boxing in the physical fitness program at his home for troubled boys, and George “Big Boy” Brackey, a heavyweight fighter who was active from 1934-1946.

Live Coverage of Florida Pro Tour This Weekend

The second stop of the Florida Men’s Pro Tour boasts a cramped marquis and live online coverage, taking place this weekend, April 15-16, at Players Billiards in Melbourne, Fla.

Players competing will include Earl Strickland, Nick Varner, Buddy Hall, Rodney Morris, Mike Sigel, Ronnie Wiseman, Troy Frank, Rob Saez, Ray Martin, Danny Diliberto, David Grossman, Neil Fujiwara and many more. Tournament coverage can be found at www.platinumbilliards.com where brackets will be updated match-by-match and for some, game-by-game.

Sponsored by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the tournament is $8000-added, 10-Ball, race-to-8, rack your own, winner breaks.

Diliberto Cleared Of All Charges

Pool legend Danny Diliberto was acquitted of all charges after a jury trial in U.S. District Court in Buffalo, N.Y., according to the prosecutor, Asst. U.S. Attorney Tony Bruce.

Diliberto had been indicted in a drug-trafficking case along with 14 others including former 9-ball stand out Dennis Hatch and his father, Gregg Hatch. Diliberto, a Buffalo native and boyhood friend of Gregg Hatch, had insisted on a trial to answer the charges of conspiracy and cocaine possession and sales, while 12 other defendants in the case pled guilty. The elder Hatch was sentenced to 20 years in prison, while the younger received house arrest and probation.