Urgent News - Carmen Basilio and Tony Zale Championship Belts Stolen From The International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York!

Currently, the Canastota Police Department is requesting the public’s help. If anyone has any information regarding the burglary, police request that they contact Chief James Zophy, (315) -697-2240.

Police are investigating a Thursday morning pre-dawn burglary at the International Boxing Hall of Fame. 
According to Canastota Police Chief James Zophy, at approximately 2:45 a.m. on Thursday, Nov.5, one or more burglars entered the Hall of Fame. Once inside, they broke three display cases that contained a total of six world championship belts. 

Four of the stolen belts belonged to Canastota legend, the late Carmen Basilio and two were won by Tony Zale. The location of the International Boxing Hall of Fame was in large part decided on as a result of Basilio’s ties to the Village of Canastota.

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As far as which boxing books are most desirable, every collector's opinion will differ somewhat. I recommend that you check out the website of Don Scott, editor of Boxing Collectors News at www.boxingcollectors.com for his opinion regarding books that are the most collectible. By the way, he puts out an excellent monthly newsletter on boxing memorabilia..

Another terrific resource to anyone who collects boxing books is two books written by R.A. Hartley; 'History & Bibliography of Boxing Books' (1989) and 'More Boxing Books' (1995). The author provides a listing of a very large number of boxing books that have been written, along with brief descriptions of each one. If you passionate about boxing books, these two reference books are invaluable.

If you don't find a title you are looking for in my 'Boxing Books for Sale' section, please feel free to e-mail me a list of your wants and I will be happy to keep on file and contact you if I come across any of the desired titles. I would also be happy to answer any e-mail correspondence that you send regarding my own experiences in terms of prices for any boxing books that you might be pursuing. Lastly, as a collector of boxing books I would always be interested to hear from anyone regarding boxing titles, or boxing book collections that you might have available for sale or trade, especially pre-1935 titles.

I am currently looking for the following titles:
* The Battle of the Century by George Siler 1897
* Lessons in Boxing by George Dixon 1893
* A History of the Coffroth Family by James Coffroth 1926
* Boxing in Nine Lessons by Battling Levinsky
* Pre-1910 Police Gazette Sporting Annuals.

A more comprehensive list of titles I am still searching for may be viewed on my blog.

I am also interested in anything related to Sam Langford.

-Clay Moyle