2016 Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame

30 July 2016, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada,  Pernell Whitaker Former Lightweight and Welterweight World Champion honored at the 4th Annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame held their annual ceremony this weekend. They honored fighters from the past how had memorable fight in Nevada, inducting them in the hall of fame and named Badou Jack as the Nevada “Fighter of the Year”.

 

30 July 2016, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, Pernell Whitaker Former Lightweight and Welterweight World Champion honored at the 4th Annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

30 July 2016, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, Pernell Whitaker Former Lightweight and Welterweight World Champion honored at the 4th Annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Pernell Whitaker was among this years inductees. Whitaker was a three division champion and a 1984 Olympic Gold medalist. He fought multiple time in Nevada facing the likes of  Oscar De La Hoya, Rafael Pineda and Azumah Nelson. Whitaker is now Las Vegas resident and is trainer who has worked with the likes of Zab Judah.

30 July 2016, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, Pernell Whitaker former Lightweight and Welterweight World Champion honored at the 4th Annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

30 July 2016, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, Pernell Whitaker former Lightweight and Welterweight World Champion honored at the 4th Annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

 

 

 

Riddick Bowe the former lineal hightweight champion earned his spot in the hall of fame. “Big Daddy” went 43-1-1 during his nearly twenty year professional career which came after him winning a sliver medal at the 1988 Seoul, Korea Olympic games. Bowe is mostly know in Nevada boxing luster for the “Fan Man” fight against Evander Holyfield in 1993 at Caesars Palace. This is where a paraglider flew in to the ring in the seventh round and causing madness in and around the ring, in one of the most bizarre moments in boxing history.

30 July 2016, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, Riddick Bowe honored at the 4th Annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Standing with Sugar Ray Leonard

30 July 2016, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, Riddick Bowe honored at the 4th Annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Standing with Sugar Ray Leonard

 

 

One of the most famed female boxers of all times, Christy Martin was honor. She help women’s boxing from novelty act to legit sport. Martin would often steal the show in Nevada when she would be feature on under card of likes of Mike Tyson, Felix Trinidad and Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. With 31 career KO win, Christy Martin was always pure entertainment when she hit the ring.

30 July 2016, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, Christy MartinFormer Women Welterweight World Champion honored at the 4th Annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

30 July 2016, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, Christy MartinFormer Women Welterweight World Champion honored at the 4th Annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

 

 

Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini was among the inductees. Ray had a nice two year run in the 1980’s where he was the lightweight champion and made a bulk of his defense in Nevada during that time. Sadly that reign was mired by his bout at Caesar Palace in 1982 against Deul-koo Kim. Mancini would win the brutal fight in the 14th round via KO, but Kim would die days later after the fight from a subdural hematoma  suffered in the fight.

30 July 2016, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini honored at the 4th Annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony standing with Rich Marotta, President of the NVBHOF

30 July 2016, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini honored at the 4th Annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony standing with Rich Marotta, President of the NVBHOF

 

 

The big winner of the night was current WBC Supper Middleweight Champion Badou Jack. He took home the honor of the Nevada Fighter of the Year, an award that has only been held by Floyd Mayweather since it’s creation in 2013. The Swedish import is now a Nevada resident, training out of the Mayweather Boxing Club and promoted by Floyd Mayweather himself as part of Mayweather Promotions. Over the past year “The Ripper” burst in to the forefront in the 168 lb division winning the WBC title over Anthony Dirrell and making two successful title defenses. On the horizon for him later this year is a unification bout with James DeGale, a win there would put him right back in the running to win fighter of the year next year.

30 July 2016, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, Badou Jack on the red carpet at the 4th Annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

30 July 2016, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, Badou Jack on the red carpet at the 4th Annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

 

All Photos Courtesy of Ken Howard of KenHowardImages.com  and The Title Fight

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forgotten Legends: Lucia Rijker

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By: Steve Gallegos

Women’s boxing has been out of the mainstream for some time; however during the mid to late 90’s, women’s boxing was stronger than ever. Women’s bouts were featured regularly on top boxing cards as well as all female fight cards being televised on national TV. Mia St. John, Christy Martin and Laila Ali were the faces of womens boxing; however there was another great female fighter the world never got to truly know. Her name was Lucia Rijker, also known as “The Dutch Destroyer”.

A come forward aggressive puncher with KO power in either hand, Rijker was possibly the best female fighter of her era. Growing up in the Netherlands, Rjiker trained in martial arts at the age of six, specializing in Judo and fencing before turning to kickboxing and later boxing. She made her professional boxing debut on 03/21/96 at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles and she scored a 1st round KO over Melinda Robinson.

Trained by the legendary Freddie Roach, Rjiker went on a whirlwind from 1996-1998, destroying opponents, mostly scoring knockouts within 5 rounds. She got a taste of national exposure on 03/23/98 when she met Mary Ann Almager at Foxwooks in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The bout was part of a huge fight card televised nationally on Fox.

She didn’t disappoint as she scored a 1st round KO. Oscar De La Hoya was a guest commentator for Fox Sports that night and complimented Rijker by saying, “Wow, I’m glad she’s not in my weight class”.

It was around this time that a feud developed between her and women’s boxing champion Christy Martin. She publicly called out Martin on several occassions and it appeared that Martin was avoiding Rjiker; therefore the fight didn’t materialize. Rijker would fight 4 more times in 1998 and 1999 before taking a break from boxing. She did claim the IBO female light welterweight championship in the process.

She would to turn to acting in which she would appear in 2002’s “Rollerball” as well as 2004’s Oscar Winning “Million Dollar Baby” starring Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank. She returned to boxing in 2002 and went 3-0 from 2002-2004 and she finally landed the fight she always wanted, a showdown with Christy Martin.

It was the main event of a Top Rank promoted card called “Million Dollar Lady”. The bout was scheduled for 07/30/2005 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas; however 10 days prior to the bout, Rijker suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during training, causing possibly the biggest bout in women’s boxing history to be scrapped. Rjiker did consider fighting one more time in 2006 against Lalia Ali; however the fight never materialized.

She retired with a record of 17-0 with 14 KO’s. Today, Rjiker travels giving lectures and seminars encouraging others to give it their all in everything they do. She continues to stay in top shape and even helps train other fighters. She was the best female fighter of her era that didn’t get a chance to measure herself against the other great female boxers of her time. It’s unfortunate that the world never got to truly know this great female star of the “Sweet Science”.
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Holly Holm vs. Diana Prazak for IBA/WBF Light Welterweight Titles Dec. 7

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (November 15, 2012) – WIBA super featherweight champion Diana Prazak (11-1, 7 KOs) is being trained by former great Lucia Rijker and neither are concerned about Prazak moving-up in weight to challenge 12-time, three division world champion Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm (31-2-3, 9 KOs), headlining the Fresquez Productions-presented “Fire And Ice” show, in a 10-round main event for the International Boxing Association (IBA) and World Boxing Federation (WBF) light welterweight titles at Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque.

Prazak, a native of Australia, is now fighting out of Los Angeles. She recently replaced Myriam Lamare (20-3, 10 KOs) as Holm’s new opponent on Dec. 7. In her last fight, Prazak defended her WIBA super featherweight title that she won in 2011 with a victory by unanimous decision over Fatuma Aarika (24-5-1).

“I’m a determined fighter,” said Prazak, who has relocated to Los Angeles. “I have fought at 130-135-pounds; however, I walk around at 145. I will feel much stronger at 140 because I don’t have to starve myself. I’m lucky to have the opportunity to work with some great champions, not to mention the rounds I get in with my trainer, Lucia Rijker. If I can get punched by the most dangerous women in the world, I most definitely do not have any concerns about being hit by girls in other weight classes. I’ve been training with RijkerStriker for almost eight months and I’ve learned a lot being in America and about what it takes to be a pro fighter.”

The 31-year-old, newly married Holm (31-2-3, 9 KOs) has defeated the world’s best   boxers, from the 140 through 154-pound weight classes, including Lamare, Ann Sophie Mathis, Christy Martin, Mary Jo Sanders, Mia St. John, Jane Couch, Duda Yankovich and Chevelle Hallback (twice).

“Holly is a great champion who always steps into the fight in top shape and with a great fight plan,” a respectful Prazak commented. “She is fast on her feet and can run like crazy; this and the high altitude in New Mexico burn out a lot of her opponents. I’ll be training in LA and New Mexico for this fight. After Holly came back from a brutal beating from Mathis, by fighting an intelligent and courageous fight, Holly has all my respect and she earned the right to be called, pound-for-pound, the best today.

“I think it’s great that she has such great hometown support. Three-thousand people (regularly attending her fights in Albuquerque) are great. My dream is for myself and for other women fighters to fight for crowds of 30,000. This is just the beginning. It is a great honor to fight a champion like Holly. I’m just looking forward to get the opportunity to fight the best fighters in the world. I have no doubt that we are going to put on a great show for all of the fans to see. The bigger the challenge, the bigger the victory, is my mantra.”

Supporting fights showcasing local boxers will feature light welterweight Matthew “Champ” Baca (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Derek Perez (pro debut) in a four-round bout, female light welterweight Victoria “La Reina de la Guerra” Cisneros (8-13-2, 3 KOs) vs. Kita Watkins (7-9, 1 KO) in a six-round match, bantamweight Raymond “Hollewood” Montez (5-2, 3 KOs) vs. Tony Valdez (6-6-3, 6 KOs) in a much-anticipated eight-round rematch, amateur standout Jason Sanchez makes his pro debut in a four-round fight vs. featherweight Gene Perez (1-0).

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