Boxing icons Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson
Headline Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015
LAS VEGAS, NV (February 19, 2015) — Legendary boxers Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson headline the 21-person 2015 Class of Inductees into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. It is a star-studded cast which includes many of the finest boxers in the sport’s history.
Rich Marotta, the Hall’s founder and chief executive officer, made the announcement Thursday during a news conference at the Roy Jones Jr. Fight Academy in Las Vegas.
Honorees for the third class of Hall of Famers were chosen in four categories: Nevada resident boxers; Non-Nevada resident boxers; Pioneers; and non-boxer participants.
Among the honorees are 11 men who have previously been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction dinner and ceremony will be held in Las Vegas in August at a site to be announced soon. Additional fan events will be held prior to and after the induction ceremony.
“We are very excited about our 2015 Class of Inductees,” Marotta said. “They are among the most glamorous and significant names in boxing history, and all have unmistakable connections to Nevada. We plan to make our induction weekend in August the best ever.”
Nevada-resident boxers (Three elected)
• Roger “The Black Mamba” Mayweather – Mayweather is a former world champion at both super featherweight (130 pounds) and super lightweight (140 pounds) whose 41 fights in Nevada are an NVBHOF record. He scored notable wins in Nevada over Vinnie Pazienza, Livingstone Bramble and Harold Brazier. Mayweather ended his career with a 59-13 record and 35 knockouts. He was also 8-5 in major world title fights. After his fighting days ended, he went on to become one of the sport’s elite trainers and currently trains out of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas.
• Eddie Mustafa Muhammad – Born Eddie Gregory, Muhammad reigned as light heavyweight champion from March 31, 1980, when he stopped Marvin Johnson in the 11th round, until July 18, 1981, when he lost a 15-round unanimous decision to Michael Spinks. He compiled a 50-8-1 record with 39 knockouts and met all of the great 175-pounders of his era. He is now a highly sought after trainer who works out of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas.
• Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapia – Tapia won world titles at super flyweight, bantamweight and featherweight and was one of the most popular and exciting fighters of his time. Tapia, who struggled with drug addiction much of his life and died tragically at just 45 years of age in 2012, compiled a 59-5-2 record with 30 knockouts. Ring Magazine named his 1999 bout with Paulie Ayala in Las Vegas as its Fight of the Year. His life was chronicled in an HBO documentary simply called “Tapia”
Non-Nevada resident boxers (Seven elected)
• Muhammad Ali – Without question the most famous boxer ever, Ali was the first man to regain the heavyweight title and the first and still only man to hold the linear heavyweight title on three occasions. He was 56-5 with 37 knockouts in his legendary career, which began in 1960 after he won a gold medal as a light heavyweight at the Rome Olympics. Ali fought seven times in Nevada, going 5-2. He lost to Leon Spinks in a stunning 15-round decision at the then-Las Vegas Hilton in 1978 and then was stopped by Larry Holmes in 1980. He defeated Floyd Patterson, Ron Lyle, Jerry Quarry, Bob Foster and Joe Bugner in Nevada. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
• Sugar Ray Robinson – Widely regarded as the greatest fighter who ever lived, Robinson went 175-19-6 with 106 knockouts in a career that spanned 25 years. The Boxing Writers Association of America named its Fighter of the Year award after him. The Associated Press chose him as Boxer of the Century for the 20th century, as well as its best welterweight and best middleweight of the century. Robinson started his career 40-0 before a loss to Jake La Motta. He then proceeded to go 88-0-2 with a no contest in his next 91 bouts, giving him a stunning mark of 128-1-2. He fought in Nevada twice, losing to Gene Fullmer and Ferd Hernandez. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
• Marvelous Marvin Hagler – Hagler lost two of three fights to open 1976 that dropped his record to 26-2-1. But Hagler proceeded to turn his career around in a big way, reeling off a 36-0-1 streak that gained him recognition as arguably the greatest middleweight who ever lived. Hagler fought seven times in Nevada, including six world title fights. One of those was his third-round stoppage of Thomas Hearns in 1985 that many regard as one of the most exciting fights ever. He also lost a controversial decision to Sugar Ray Leonard in what turned out to be his final fight. He scored memorable wins in Nevada over Hearns, Roberto Duran, John Mugabi and Juan Domingo Roldan. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
• Lennox Lewis – The 1988 Olympic gold medalist lived up to the hype as a professional. He was 41-2-1 with 32 knockouts and avenged each of his defeats. He fought a number of his big fights in Las Vegas and defeated Evander Holyfield, Hasim Rahman, Oliver McCall and David Tua in world title fights in Nevada. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
• Marco Antonio Barrera – Barrera was 67-6 in his illustrious professional career, but could be a member of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame for three fights alone: His legendary trilogy with Erik Morales. They were three of the greatest matches ever and all were held in Las Vegas. Barrera won two of the three, including the 2004 bout that was named Fight of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America. Barrera also defeated Prince Naseem Hamed and Kevin Kelley in Las Vegas and suffered a loss to Manny Pacquiao.
• Felix “Tito” Trinidad – The big-punching Trinidad was 42-3 with 35 knockouts and participated in 10 world championship bouts in Las Vegas. His 1999 decision over Oscar De La Hoya was the best-selling non-heavyweight pay-per-view to that point, drawing 1.4 million sales. He also had a sensational slugfest win over Fernando Vargas in 2000, and had an impressive victory outdoors at Caesars Palace over David Reid. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
• Gene Fullmer – Fullmer fought Sugar Ray Robinson four times, going 2-1-1 in what were all world middleweight title bouts. He was 55-6-3 with 24 knockouts in his career. He was 2-0-1 in Nevada fights, all of which were for the middleweight title. He defeated Robinson and Benny Paret and drew with Dick Tiger. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Pioneer category (Five elected)
• James J. Corbett – Corbett was 14-4-3 with three no contests but had a rich boxing history in Nevada. Known as “Gentleman Jim,” Corbett fought in the first world title fight in Nevada when he was beaten in 1897 by Bob Fitzsimmons in Carson City. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
• Bob Fitzsimmons – Fitzsimmons became the first former middleweight champion to become heavyweight champion when he knocked out James J. Corbett in the 14th round in Carson City, Nev., on March 17, 1897. Fitzsimmons was 68-8-4 with 59 knockouts and 19 no contests. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
• Jack Johnson – Johnson retained the heavyweight title when he knocked out Jim Jeffries in the 15th round of a scheduled 45-rounder in Reno on July 4, 1910. Johnson became the first African American man to hold the world heavyweight title and he faced great racism. He often had to battle a so-called “Great White Hope.” Jeffries, the former champion, came out of retirement to fight Johnson in a bout that was dubbed “The Fight of the Century.” He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
• Joe Gans – Gans became the first African American boxer to win a world title when he claimed the lightweight title in 1906. He fought twice in Nevada, defeating Battling Nelson in Goldfield, Nev., in 1906 and stopping Kid Herman in Tonopah in 1907. He was 158-12-20 with 100 knockouts and six no contests. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
• Tex Rickard – Born George Lewis Rickard, Tex became the best-known boxing promoter in the first half of the 20th century. Rickard promoted heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey and in five fights together between 1921 and 1927, they grossed $8.4 million. Adjusted for inflation, that would be $114 million in 2014. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Non-boxer participants (Six elected)
• Lee Samuels – A former writer for the Philadelphia Bulletin, Lee Samuels became known as the best publicist in boxing when he was hired by Bob Arum. One of boxing’s good guys who has won multiple awards from the Boxing Writers Association of America, Samuels was always devoted to Arum, Top Rank and the company’s fighters. He was known for his detailed media notes and tirelessly spreading the word about boxing.
• Pat & Dawn Barry – The husband-and-wife duo are significant players in the amateur boxing business in Nevada and have helped thousands of kids by getting them started in the state’s amateur program. Their Las Vegas-based gym, Barry’s Boxing, is a place where many of the sport’s stars got their start and where numerous amateur tournaments are held. Among the many boxers that the Barrys developed are Augie Sanchez, Diego Magdaleno and Jesus Magdaleno.
• Steve Sneddon – The long-time boxing writer for the Reno Gazette-Journal, Sneddon was among the finest journalists in the country for decades. He traveled the world reporting on fights for the Gannett News Service and was ringside for many of the sport’s biggest events. He was known and respected by all of the major fighters for his honesty, accuracy and compelling writing on the sweet science.
• Dr. Donald Romeo – Romeo was the ringside physician for more than 10,000 in an era where the weigh-in was on the day of the fight. He had tremendous responsibilities but always looked out for the fighters’ best interests and was willing to pull a fighter from a card for health reasons no matter who objected. He was the doctor for the 1984 U.S. Olympic team and worked many major fights, including Muhammad Ali-Floyd Patterson.
• Chuck Hull – A classy, well-dressed man who was known for wearing a tuxedo into the ring, Hull is regarded as one of the great ring announcers in the sport’s history. A sportscaster at KLAS-TV, Channel 8, Hull announced most of the major fights in Las Vegas in the 1980s, including Larry Holmes-Gerry Cooney, Sugar Ray Leonard-Thomas Hearns and Muhammad Ali-Holmes. He also was the ring announcer for the boxing matches at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
• Dr. Robert Voy – One of the most respected ringside physicians in the sport’s history, Voy was a fierce advocate for fighter safety and was heavily involved in the anti-doping movement. He was the chief medical officer for the U.S. Olympic Committee and served as the president of USA Boxing. He was known for treating many of the sport’s biggest stars, often for free when they were unable to pay.
Established in 2013, the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame is a 501 (c) (3) IRS tax-exempt corporation committed to helping boxing-related causes. In keeping with its mission, the NVBHOF will award its donations to several groups, organizations, clubs and schools working hard to promote the positive aspects of boxing. All donations, raffles, and ticket purchases to NVBHOF events are tax-deductible. To donate, please go to www.nvbhof.com/donate. For more information on the Hall of Fame, the induction ceremony or the Hall’s mission, phone 702-368-2463 or visit its website at http://nvbhof.com.
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SELLOUT CROWD MIXES WITH INDUCTEES AND HONOREES FOR MEMORABLE NIGHT
The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame held it’s Second Induction Ceremony/Dinner August 9 with nearly 700 fans, celebrities, and VIP’s on hand to honor boxing’s greats. 18 Inductees were ushered into the NVBHOF, joining the 19 from last year, their names now preserved forever with Hall of Fame status in Nevada. Several others who have contributed significantly to the sport in Nevada were also honored with Special Achievement Awards. The evening’s emcees were acclaimed actress Rosie Perez and famed sportscaster Barry Tompkins.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER NAMED NEVADA BOXING HALL OF FAME FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
HEADS LIST OF SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD-WINNERS
“MONEY MAY” TO ALSO PRESENT CORNELIUS BOZA-EDWARDS FOR INDUCTON
Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be honored as Nevada Fighter of the Year by the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame at its annual Induction Ceremony/Dinner this Saturday night, August 9. It is the second straight year Mayweather takes the honor, following his victories over Canelo Alvarez in September, 2013, and hard-fought decision over Marcos Maidana in May, 2014. Mayweather will receive the honor on the same night 18 Inductees are brought into the NVBHOF, and several other Special Achievement Award winners are honored. The gala event will take place in the Cohiba Ballroom inside the New Tropicana, Las Vegas. Social hour and Silent Auction begin the evening’s festivities at 6PM with dinner and the program at 7PM.
The still undefeated Mayweather will serve dual roles at the boxing extravaganza. In addition to receiving his own award, Floyd will serve as the presenter for Inductee Cornelius Boza-Edwards, who goes into the NVBHOF in the “Nevada Resident Boxer” category. Boza-Edwards now serves as trainer and operator at the Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas.
The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame will also present several other Awards at the Induction Gala. They Include:
*Joe Bliss: The 81 year Reno resident was the first-ever University of Nevada National Boxing Champ, winning the college title for the Wolfpack in 1959. A college teammate of Mills Lane, he has remained an inspiration and role model for young boxers in Northern Nevada
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
* Bermane Stiverne: For becoming the first-ever Haitian to win World Heavyweight Title. Based his training in Las Vegas, and won a rousing slugfest with Chris Arreola in May to take the vacant WBC Crown at the age of 35.
* Shawn Porter: For his amazing development with three signficant victories within the past year, including a signature 4th round stoppage of Paulie Malignaggi to retain his IBF belt. Shawn resides in Las Vegas during his training periods, which is most of the year.
* Ana Julaton: For being the only athlete, male or female, to be competing at elite levels in both boxing and MMA. Ana, a two-time World Champion in boxing, made her MMA debut at a big ONE-FC card in Phillipines in December, with a 3-round victory. She trains in Las Vegas
* Vinh Thai: For winning national Collegiate Boxing Championship in the 112 pound class for UNLV
* Garrett Felling: For winning National Collegiate Boxing Championship at 185 pounds for the University of Nevada, in Reno.
* Mary Ann Owen: For her dedication to boxing through her work as one of the top boxing photo-journalists in America. A Las Vegas resident, she has also contributed in roles as an author, women’s boxing promoter, and unrelenting provider of the positive aspects of boxing.
* Dr. Charles Bernick: For his important work as principal investigator in the Brain Health Study on fighters at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center in Las Vegas. Dr. Bernick’s study has enlisted hundreds of boxers for research on brain trauma, putting them through annual medical and cognitive tests in the research.
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD TO ATTEND NVBHOF INDUCTION DINNER LEONARD TO HAND FORMER RIVAL DURAN THE TROPHY
In another example of fierce rivals coming together at the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony/Dinner, Sugar Ray Leonard has announced he will not only attend the Induction of Panamanian Roberto Duran, but join him on stage. The magical evening, which also includes the bringing together of Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson, will take place Saturday night, August 9 at the Cohiba Ballroom inside The New Tropicana, Las Vegas.
Leonard was a 2013 Inductee in the Inaugural NVBHOF Event. Duran is being inducted in the same category, “Non-Nevada Residents”, for the 2014 Class. The two engaged in an historic trilogy, Duran winning the first fight in Montreal, a bitter and brutal 15-round slugfest. Leonard prevailed in the next two: in New Orleans in the 8th round when Duran waived off the bout, and Las Vegas by decision. That final bout of the trilogy marked the opening event for Steve Wynn’s Mirage Hotel and was refereed by Richard Steele. Both Wynn and Steele are also being inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame on August 9.
While Mike Tyson will make the presentation speech for Holyfield, Duran’s daughter Irichelle will give the presenting speech for her father. Following Roberto’s acceptance remarks, Leonard will join him on stage, and present him with the NVBHOF Trophy.
NVBHOF President Rich Marotta said, “This will be a night that boxing fans in attendance will remember forever. Leonard and Duran together, Tyson and Holyfield together, and a stellar cast of inductees and honorees getting their just due for what they mean to boxing in Nevada. I’m proud of how this night is coming together”.
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FAMED ACTRESS ROSIE PEREZ AND SPORTSCASTING GREAT BARRY TOMPKINS TO EMCEE
Barry Tompkins is a 45 year network television veteran. Already inducted into several Halls of Fame himself, Tompkins is well-known for his boxing acumen, which he displayed first in his ten years as lead broadcaster on HBO World Championship Boxing. He followed that with stints at ESPN, FOX Sports and now as blow-by-blow broadcaster on Showtime’s popular ShoBox Series. He has called over 200 World Championship fights, Oakland Raiders football, San Francisco Giants baseball, the Rose Bowl, Wimbledon and the Olympic Games.
NVBHOF President Rich Marotta said “We have gone coast-to-coast to get a Dream Team to emcee our Induction Dinner. Rosie Perez, who attends many cards and tweets constantly about boxing, comes here from New York. Barry Tompkins, one of the greatest voices in sportscasting history, joins us from San Francisco. We couldn’t be prouder to have them, and they will only add to the fan’s enjoyment of a special evening. “
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MIKE TYSON TO PRESENT EVANDER HOLYFIELD FOR INDUCTION TO NEVADA BOXING HALL OF FAME
FORMER FIERCE RIVALS TOGETHER ON STAGE AT THE NEW TROPICANA, LAS VEGAS AUGUST 9
In what is surely the culmination of one of the unlikeliest reconciliations in boxing history, former Heayvweight Champion Mike Tyson will deliver the presenting speech for former Heavyweight Champ Evander Holyfield’s induction into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. Tyson will present Holyfield and then following Holyfield’s speech, will personally hand the NVBHOF Trophy to Holyfield, a “photo-op” for the ages. The memorable moment will take place Saturday night, August 9, in the beautiful Cohiba Ballroom of The New Tropicana, Las Vegas.
Holyfield and Tyson engaged in two fierce battles at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in 1996-’97. The “Real Deal” won both, first by an 11th-Rd TKO, and the rematch by 3rd-RD disqualification in the famous ear-bite fight. Despite the ferocity of both bouts, the two’s feelings have softened toward each other in recent years, appearing in features and even a commercial together.
Tyson called the opportunity to present Holyfield a “privilege and high-honor.” Evander’s response was quick and to the point: “That is great!” NVBHOF President and Founder Rich Marotta said “This is the kind of thing we showed is possible in boxing last year at our Inaugural Induction Ceremony. Former and even current rivals coming together under the same roof to celebrate boxing. Everyone checks those rivalries at the door. Tyson presenting Holyfield is sheer magic.”
Holyfield was selected for induction in the “Non-Nevada Resident” category along with George Foreman and Roberto Duran by the 35-member voting panel of the NVBHOF. Tyson was an Inaugural Inductee last year in the “Nevada Resident” Class.
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EVANDER HOLYFIELD CONFIRMS ATTENDANCE AT NEVADA BOXING HALL OF FAME DINNER
“REAL DEAL” TO TRAVEL FROM ATLANTA FOR AUGUST 9
Former Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield has announced he will travel to Las Vegas for his induction into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. Holyfield will be among 18 of boxing’s finest to be feted at the Second Annual NVBHOF Induction Ceremony and Dinner. The gala takes place August 9 at the Cohiba Ballroom in the New Tropicana, Las Vegas.
Holyfield was selected in the “Non-Nevada Resident” category by the 35-member voting panel. This category honors great fighters who reside outside of Nevada but fought in the state at least 10 times or in 7 World Title bouts, distinguishing themselves at the highest levels. He will be joined in this category by onetime rival George Foreman, and iconic Roberto Duran, who also confirmed his attendance for the dinner just a few days earlier. Known appropriately as both “The Real Deal” and “Boxing’s Great Warrior”, Holyfield fought 20 times in Nevada, the vast majority of those in Las Vegas, but also in Reno and Lake Tahoe.
Reached at his home of Atlanta, Georgia, Holyfield credited much of his success and longevity to persistence and determination: “If you don’t quit, eventually you will win. Right behind excuses is success.”
Holyfield’s legendary career first gained worldwide attention at the 1984 Olympics where he was a bronze medal winner following a controversial disqualification loss to Kevin Barry. His pro career began that same year, and in only his 10th fight won the Cruiserweight title with an exciting victory over Dwight Muhammad Qawi. His Nevada debut came in 1987, a 3-round TKO over Rickey Parkey at Caesars Palace to successfully defend that title. His early foray into the heavyweight ranks included a 10-round TKO over Michael Dokes at Caesars Palace in the 1989 Fight of the Year. By 1991, he was ready to win the Heavyweight Title, which he did with a 3rd round knockout of Buster Douglas at The Mirage in Las Vegas. Later he would reclaim the title on different occasions with victories over Riddick Bowe, Mike Tyson and Michael Moorer, all in Las Vegas. The victories over Bowe in the famed “Fan-man” fight and over Tyson on two occasions, have reached iconic status in boxing history.
NVBHOF President and Founder Rich Marotta said, “Evander is a beloved figure in our sport. His battles with Bowe, Tyson and Foreman were both breathtaking and historic. The NVBHOF is proud to honor Evander as a member of the amazing Class of 2014″.
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ROBERTO DURAN CONFIRMS ATTENDANCE
NEVADA BOXING HALL OF FAME CEREMONY/DINNER AUGUST 9
LEGENDARY “HANDS OF STONE” WILL FLY FROM PANAMA
TO LAS VEGAS FOR HIS INDUCTION
One of boxing’s most iconic figures, 4-Division World champion Roberto Duran, has announced that he and family members will travel the long distance from Panama to Las Vegas for his induction into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. Duran will be among 18 inductees feted at the gala NVBHOF Induction Ceremony and Dinner August 9 at The New Tropicana, Las Vegas. Duran was selected by the 35-member voting panel in the “Non-Nevada Resident” category which honors those who have come from outside Nevada to fight in the state at least 10 times or in 7 world title bouts, and distinguished themselves at the highest levels.
Reached in Panama, Duran said, “It’s an honor and a true privilege to be inducted into the Nevada Hall of Fame with great boxing legends like Mr. Foreman and Mr. Holyfield”.
Duran embarked on his legendary 33 year career in 1968. He made his Nevada debut in devastating fashion, stopping rival Esteban De Jesus, the first man who had ever defeated him, in 12 rounds. Duran would fight 14 times in Nevada, many of them during the era of the big outdoor fights in Las Vegas. Ironically, one of his greatest Nevada fights resulted in a loss, a razor-thin decision defeat to bigger and heavily-favored Marvelous Marvin Hagler, two judges having Hagler ahead by only 1 point at the fight’s conclusion.
Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame President/Founder Rich Marotta said, “We are excited that Roberto will travel to join us for his induction. I have seen how boxing fans continue to idolize Manos De Piedra. If you look at Roberto’s third fight of a legendary trilogy against Sugar Ray Leonard, you will see why the Nevada Boxing HOF is a family. Roberto’s opponent Leonard was inducted into the NVBHOF last year, as was the fight’s promoter Bob Arum, and judged by still another inductee from last year Joe Cortez. It opened the Mirage Hotel of Steve Wynn, was refereed by Richard Steele and they both will enter the NVBHOF along with Duran.
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NEVADA BOXING HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES SECOND INDUCTION CEREMONY AND DINNER
THE NEW TROPICANA, LAS VEGAS
TO HOST NVBHOF ANNUAL GALA AUGUST 9, 2014
The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, which burst on to the scene last year with a critically acclaimed Inaugural Induction Dinner and Ceremony, will induct its second class of honorees Saturday, August 9, 2014 in the beautiful Cohiba Ballroom of The New Tropicana, Las Vegas. Cocktail hour and silent auction will begin at 6PM with dinner at 7:15 PM.
A star-studded class of 18 inductees, headed by Heavyweight legends George Foreman and Evander Holyfield, along with Panamanian icon Roberto Duran will be feted at a gala dinner honoring their accomplishments.
Tickets priced from $75 to $300 will go on sale at noon Wednesday, May 14 on the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame website: http://www.nvbhof.com./
“We’re excited to be hosting this iconic induction celebration: said Armen Yemenidjian, Vice-president of casino marketing and operations. “Welcoming some of boxing’s legends and the boxing community to our all-new resort and casino is truly an honor”.
The voting panel this year was greatly expanded to 35 voters, including not only NVBHOF Board members, but past inductees and members of the boxing media in Nevada. They chose new inductees in ten categories. Two additional categories were added this year: “Adoptive Nevada Resident” for boxers who moved to Nevada following their pro careers, and “Pioneer” for boxers prior to the modern era of 1960-forward. The 18 new inductees represent some of the greatest and most significant figures in the sport’s glorious history in Nevada, including some who are already in or going into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
NVBHOF Founder and President Rich Marotta said, “We were gratified by the success of our Inaugural Induction last year, with overwhelming support by inductees, boxers and the entire boxing community. Fans showed up in huge numbers and the event was sold-out well in advance. This year, at The New Tropicana, Las Vegas we will have a beautiful venue with an even bigger capacity. We have a wonderful class of inductees and its time again to bring the Nevada boxing community together.”
Heavyweight champs George Foreman and Evander Holyfield, who once were rivals in the ring, will go into the NVBHOF together as 2014 Induction Classmates. The legendary “Manos de Piedra” Roberto Duran who thrilled fans in the “Outdoor Fight Era” of Las Vegas joins “Big George” and “Real Deal” as Non-Nevada resident boxers.
The Nevada “Resident” Inductees are the late former Heavyweight Champ Sonny Liston whose biggest Nevada bout was his 1-round knockout of former champ Floyd Patterson in Las Vegas, and former Lightweight King Cornelius Boza-Edwards who fought a variety of high-action battles in Nevada including his iconic fight with Bobby Chacon in Las Vegas
In the Adoptive Nevada Resident Category, beloved former heavyweight champ Joe Louis who lived the last several years of his life in Las Vegas was chosen. The Pioneer Boxers were Jack Dempsey and Archie Moore.
The Media Inductees will be world-famed boxing broadcaster Colonel Bob Sheridan, now approaching 1000 world title fights called on TV, and Kevin Iole, longtime beat writer for the Las Vegas Review Journal and now Yahoo Boxing Editor and Columnist. One of boxing’s busiest and most versatile trainers Miguel Diaz was chosen in the Non-Boxer Participant Class. In the Officials category, voters selected retired referee Richard Steele and still-active Kenny Bayless. From the World of Promotions, Top Rank Matchmaker Bruce Trampler was elected. Two longtime contributors to the Nevada Athletic Commission Chuck Minker and Luther Mack are the honorees in the “Executive” Class. In the “Special Contributors” Category, hotel executives Clifford Perlman who ushered in the era of big fights at Caesars, and Steve Wynn who opened his Mirage with the Duran-Leonard fight and followed it up with Holyfield-Douglas and many others will both be inducted.
Gold Circle VIP tickets are $300 apiece, or $3000 for a table of 10. The ticket includes dinner, preferred seating and additional amenity. The Silver Level tickets are $175 per ticket or $1750 for a table of ten. A limited number of Bronze Level $75 General Admission tickets that do not include dinner but allow access to the gala ceremony will also be available.
The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame is a 501(c)3 non-profit, charity organization committed to helping boxing-related causes. In keeping with its mission, the NVBHOF will, at the Induction Dinner, award donations to several groups. organizations, clubs and schools working hard to promote the positive aspects of boxing.
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The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame brought the boxing community together once again. About 200 people attended the NVBHOF “PARTY WITH THE LEGENDS” in the HAVANA ROOM at the NEW TROPICANA, LAS VEGAS Friday, April 11.
Many 2014 honorees who will be inducted this August at the NVBHOF Ceremony were in attendance, including boxers Evander Holyfield and Cornelius Boza-Edwards, referees Richard Steele and Kenny Bayless, Media selectees Col. Bob Sheridan and Kevin Iole, trainer Miguel Diaz and matchmaker Bruce Trampler.
A number of current and past World Champions were present such as Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Ruslan Providnikov, Roy Jones Jr., Sugar Shane Mosely, Zab Judah, Paulie Ayala, Ishe Smith, Kevin Kelly, Clarence “Bones” Adams, and female champions Ava Knight and Ana Julaton.
*Past inductees of the NVBHOF who also attended: Mike McCallum, Al Bernstein and Marc Ratner”
Come Hang with Some of Boxing’s Greatest Legends
Friday, April 11th, come meet and greet Sugar Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, Kevin Kelley, and many more at the Havana Room at The New Tropicana Las Vegas. Purchase tickets here!
Come Party With Boxing’s Legends on April 11th
The Nevada Boxing Hall Of Fame will hold its first event of 2014, the “Party With Boxing’s Legends” fundraiser on Friday, April 11, in the beautiful Havana Room at The New Tropicana Las Vegas. The event, designed to bring the boxing community together, starts at 8pm with tickets priced at $35 presale and $45 at the door. Light hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks will be served with a cash bar available.
Already confirmed to attend are 7 former World Champions including 2014 Inductee Cornelius Boza-Edwards, and 2013 Inductee Mike “The Body Snatcher” McCallum. Other champions on hand include Sugar Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, Ishe Smith, Kevin Kelley and Clarence “Bones” Adams. Two NVBHOF Inductees in the “Officials” class, referees Richard Steele and Kenny Bayless will be in attendance to speak to fans, as will Trainer Inductee Miguel Diaz. Representing the boxing broadcast galaxy will be 2013 Inductee Al Bernstein of Showtime, Harold Lederman of HBO fame, and Inductee Col. Bob Sheridan of international renown. From the world of entertainment, gifted R&B voice “Lloyd” will attend, and the party will be hosted by radio star DJ Nina 9.
NVBHOF Founder and President Rich Marotta said, “We are excited to kick off our 2014 events and especially thrilled to be hosting this event at the all-new Tropicana resort in Las Vegas. Fans will absolutely be blown away by the Havana Room – not only is it one of the most elegant and unique Las Vegas event venues, but it’s the perfect backdrop for this night of fun and fundraising. The event will be a combination ‘meet and greet’, autograph and photo session with music mixed in, and a great raffle for boxing memorabilia. With the Pacquiao-Bradley fight the next night, and the ESPN Friday show earlier that night, we are hoping boxing fans in Vegas take advantage of this unique opportunity to engage with boxing legends up close.”
Details for advance ticket purchases will be announced this week. Details for the annual August induction Ceremony/Dinner Gala will also be revealed soon.
The Nevada Boxing Hall Of Fame is an IRS 501(c)3 charitable, non-profit organization. Ticket purchases, donations, auction and raffle tickets are tax deductible.
February 27, 2014 – Full List of 2014′s NVBHOF Inductees:
Nevada Resident Boxers:
Sonny Liston • Cornelius Boza Edwards
Nevada Non-Resident Boxers:
George Foreman • Evander Holyfield • Roberto Duran
Adoptive Nevada Resident:
Jack Dempsey • Archie Moore
Richard Steele • Kenny Bayless
Col. Bob Sheridan • Kevin Iole
Chuck Minker • Luther Mack
Clifford Perlman • Steve Wynn
February 11, 2014 – 2nd Class of NVBHOF Inductees Announced:
Foreman, Holyfield, Duran Head List of New Inductees Into Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame
18 Greats of Nevada Boxing Comprise 2014 Class
The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame has announced a stellar cast of 18 honorees, 13 living, to its second annual Class Of Inductees. The selections were made by a panel of 33 voters from Nevada-based boxing media, past inductees and NVBHOF Board members. The 18 inductees come from 10 categories, two of which were new: Adoptive Residents (for boxers who moved to and resided in Nevada after their careers), and Pioneer Class (for those who prominently contributed to Nevada Boxing prior to 1960).
The 2014 Class of Inductees is dominated by former Heavyweight Champions. They are “Big” George Foreman, Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield who were voted in as Non-Nevada residents, the late Sonny Liston as a Nevada-resident, Joe Louis as an Adoptive Nevada resident and Jack Dempsey in the Pioneer Class. Other boxers elected in various categories include “Hands of Stone” Roberto Duran, the always exciting Cornelius Boza-Edwards, and the “Old Mongoose” Archie Moore. They will be enshrined at a gala dinner this summer, along with Inductees from the other categories: Officials, Non-Boxer Participants, Executives, Promotions, Media, and Special Contributors…Click to read the press release
September 5, 2013 – Highlights video news release of NVBHOF Induction Ceremony:
A huge special thank you to the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame‘s friends over at The Fight Network, who have produced and released a video highlights reel of August 10th’s 2013 NVBHOF Induction Awards Ceremony:
August 15, 2013 – New Photos Added of Inaugural NVBHOF Induction Awards Ceremony:
Getty Images graciously provides photos to Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame of 2013 NVBHOF Awards Ceremony.
Photos by Ethan Miller of Getty Images © 2013
July 26, 2013 – FORMER HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP MIKE TYSON TO ATTEND NVBHOF GALA:
July 19, 2013 – Larry Holmes, Julio César Chávez to attend NVBHOF Induction:
Inaugural Ceremony Gala Takes Place Saturday, August 10, Monte Carlo Las Vegas Resort and Casino
July 19, 2013 – Gold Circle VIP SOLD OUT for Induction Ceremony:
All Gold Circle VIP Tables and Tickets have been COMPLETELY sold out for our August 10th Inaugural Induction Ceremony!! All that remains are our Ringside tables/seats and General Admission.
Check out our Events page to buy your tickets before they’re gone!
July 11, 2013 – Induction Ceremony Contest underway:
Our official contest is underway where we’re giving away two free Ringside table seats (includes dinner & ceremony) for the August 10th Inaugural Induction Ceremony at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino. Second prize in our giveaway is an Everlast boxing glove autographed by Oscar De La Hoya, Freddie Roach, Mike McCallum, Joe Cortez, Al Bernstein, more, with our third prize being a gift package put together by Everlast and Jagermeister USA.
We asked people to submit their dream matchups between any two of our 19 Inaugural Inductees, regardless of weight-class or category! Here are some of our favorite entries so far:
— focusnet (@focusnet) July 5, 2013
— Adrián Sandoval (@adrsan84) July 8, 2013
— David Avila (@Kaliasdaddy) July 8, 2013
— Jonah Gregory (@GregoryJonah) July 8, 2013
Contest ends July 21. Click here for details on how to enter!
July 11, 2013 – Mills Lane to Attend Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony:
July 3, 2013 – Win 2 Free Tickets to 2013 Inaugural Induction Ceremony, signed Everlast glove, and more:
July 3, 2013 – Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Designates Charity Beneficiaries:
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (July 2, 2013) –The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame (NVBHOF) will distribute donations to selected charities at its inaugural Induction Ceremony and Banquet, Saturday, August 10, at the Monte Carlo Las Vegas Resort and Casino.
The NVBHOF, in its initial mission statement, announced a twofold purpose:
- To honor those who have contributed significantly to the growth of boxing in Nevada
- To raise funds and contribute to “boxing-related” causes
On August 10, at the Monte Carlo, it will do both…Click to read more