PHILLY BOXING HISTORY                                                                          January 14, 2014


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by John DiSanto


Ron Greenley, longtime member of the VBA - Ring One, passed away on Tuesday (01/14/14) after an extended battle with lung cancer. Greenley was born in Philadelphia and lived in Bensalem, PA. He was 69 years old at the time of his passing. Greenley earned his living as a Master Plumber and a contractor. However he was also a former Pennsylvania Boxing Commissioner and a noted ringside judge before that.

Greenley judged numerous bouts between 1989 and 2006, especially in Philadelphia and Atlantic City, but his duties also took him to faraway locales including China.

Greenley was assigned to such memorable fights as Mike Tyson vs. Buster Mathis at the Spectrum, Pernell Whitaker vs. Harold Brazier, and Rodney Moore vs. Tony Baltazar at PA Hall, David Reid vs. James Coker at the Trump Taj Mahal, Thomas Tate vs. Fernando Zuniga at the Mohegan Sun, Ivan Robinson vs. Jimmy Deoria at the Blue Horizon, world title bouts, Randall Bailey vs. Demetrio Ceballos, & Felix Machado vs. Martin Castillo in Reading, PA, and Andrew Golota vs. Marcus Rhode & Laila Ali vs. Kristina King in Guangzhou, China. 

He stopped judging fights in 2006 when he became the Boxing Commissioner for the state of Pennsylvania. 

In recent years, Greenley was an active member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Veteran Boxers Association (Ring One), where he served as a board member.

Ron was married to Susan (Finn) Greenley, and was the father of three and grandfather of three. 

The services for Ron will be held on Saturday, January 18th at Christ the King Church (3252 Chesterfield Road, Philadelphia, PA, 19114). Visitation begins at 12PM, followed by a memorial mass at 1:30PM. The interment is private.




John DiSanto - Bensalem, PA - January 14, 2014