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It's Official: Andre Kut is in The NJ Boxing Hall of Fame!

It's Official: Andre Kut is in The NJ Boxing Hall of Fame!

Garfield, NJ (November 15, 2015)
Written by: Carl Babatti for the NJ Herald

With his family and friends applauding, and with nearly 500 guests in attendance, Andover Township’s Andre Kut was honored Thursday night with induction into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame at the 46th Annual Induction Ceremonies held at The Venetian catering hall.

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“Obviously, it’s nice to be recognized for what you do,” Kut said. “But, I think it’s just as obvious to anybody who knows me that getting recognition is not the reason I’m in this business.”

A street fighter from the Bronx, Kut found his way into PAL gymnasiums as a teenager, leading him to become an amateur boxer. But, instead of turning pro, he became an apprentice to one of boxing’s all-time great trainers, Tommy Parks, who was schooling young pugilists in Newark.

“That was one of the best things that ever happened to me,” Kut recalled. “He gave me a direction that I stuck with all my life.”

State boxing commissioner Larry Hazzard was on hand for the induction ceremonies, as were special guests Oscar de la Hoya and “Irish” Mickey Ward, the subject of an Academy Award-winning movies several years ago.

It was his own family, though, that Kut thanked the most.

All three of his sons have been involved in his KEA Boxing company over the years, and his youngest son, Alex Kut, delivered a heartfelt presentation speech before Kut received his Hall of Fame belt as an award.

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