ALEXANDRIA BAY, N.Y. (WWNY) - The Watertown Boxing Club received a special gift that for many years sat at Chez Paris in Alexandria Bay: a big boxing glove that was given to a boxer bigger than life.
John Pepe was in Alexandria Bay picking up a special gift, a giant glove signed by the late Carmen Basilio, a gift from the Cavalario family.
Carmen Basilio was a welterweight and middleweight champion. He won the middleweight crown against Sugar Ray Robinson.
Basilio compiled a record of 56 and 16 with 7 draws. He spent plenty of time in Alexandria Bay, including training for some of his bouts.
The Watertown Boxing Club holds the Carmen Basilio Quest for Champions every year.
Pepe has become a friend of the late boxing champ’s family, which makes this gift even more special.
Now a keepsake will take its spot at the new Watertown Boxing Club site.