2016 Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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