Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini to receive Ellis Island Medal of Honor May 12

NEW YORK – Former World Boxing Association Lightweight Champion and Youngstown native, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, will receive the Ellis Island Medal of Honor on Saturday, May 12 at Ellis Island in New York City.

The ceremony will be held at Ellis Island. There are 100 recipients chosen for the award each year. Traditionally, all branches of the United States Armed Forces will participate.

“I am extremely honored,” Mancini says of being a recipient of the award. “I’d say it’s one of the highest honors a civilian can get. I’m grateful to be part of it all.”

Mancini, born and raised in Youngstown, is the former WBA Lightweight Champion of the World (1982-1984). He is an Italian-American, son of also former professional boxer Lenny ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini (from whom he obtained his name). Mancini retired with a 29-5 record. He is now living in Los Angeles, Calif.

The award was founded by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, and is awarded to citizens who are either children or grandchildren of immigrants, and have made a valuable contribution to the culture of America. Both the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate recognize the award.

Past honorees of this award include Donald Trump, Frank Sinatra, Martin Scorsese, President Bill Clinton, Joe DiMaggio and Gloria Estefan.

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