Amsterdam boxing legend Bobby Stewart honored at Capitol

ALBANY — Amsterdam boxing legend Bobby Stewart, who is often noted for his work helping mentor and train Mike Tyson when the former heavyweight champ was a teenager at a Johnstown juvenile detention facility, was honored at the state Capitol on Thursday with a proclamation delivered by Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara.

“So many great athletes come out of the Amsterdam area and his history is just absolutely amazing,” Santabarbara said. “It’s a privilege for me to represent the Amsterdam area … and recognize his accomplishments in the boxing sport.”

The assemblyman noted that Stewart, who was the 1974 US National Golden Gloves light heavyweight champion, had been credited with introducing Tyson, who was a 13-year-old Brooklyn resident when he was sent to Tryon School for Boys in Johnstown, to Constantine. Cus” D’Amato, who went on to train and manage Tyson.

At age 12, Stewart set up a sparring ring in his family’s residence on Chapel Street and began his boxing career that would include a 45-4 amateur record and a 13-3 professional record. He credited two dozen former coworkers at Tryon with stepping up to help with his duties 40 years ago so that he could help train Tyson, including sparring with him.

Stewart won the Adirondack AAU Golden Gloves Tournament in the novice heavyweight class in 1969, 1970 and 1971; other victories included the National AAU Junior Boxing Championship, the Western Massachusetts Golden Gloves Tournament and the New England Golden Gloves Tournament.

Stewart was accompanied at Thursday’s event by Tommy Marcellino, an Amsterdam mixed martial arts fighter who was also presented with a proclamation honoring his work as a promoter of Cage Wars, which recently held its 50th event.

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