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

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Announced

TORONTO/NEW YORK CITY (Dec. 4, 2014) – The International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) today announced its newest class of inductees, including former world lightweight champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini.
 
Also being inducted into the IBHOF are Class of 2015 Living inductees  heavyweight champion Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe and featherweight champion “Prince” Naseem Hamed in the Modern category; light flyweight champion Yoko Gushiken in the Old-Timer category; booking agent / manager Rafael Mendoza and referee Steve Smoger in the Non-Participant category; and editor / journalist Nigel Collins and broadcaster Jim Lampley in the Observer category.  
 
Mancini, fighting out of Youngstown, Ohio, captured the World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight championship in 1982, stopping Arturo Frias in the 15th round, and successfully defended his WBA title four times against Ernesto Frias (TKO1),
Deuk-Koo Kim (KO14), Orlando Romero (KO9) and Hall-of-Famer Bobby Chacon (TKO3).
 
Mancini said the following when informed of his IBHOF election: “Wow. I’m humbled and I’m honored. To be in the International Boxing Hall of Fame with so many of my friends and heroes is overwhelming.”
 
Today, among several business ventures, Mancini is a consultant and fight analyst for Fight Network, a 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports. It airs programs focused on the entire scope of the combat sports genre, including live fights and up-to-the-minute news and analysis for boxing, mixed martial arts, kickboxing, professional wrestling, traditional martial arts, fight news, as well as fight-themed drama series, documentaries and feature films.
 
“We are thrilled for our friend and Fight Network family member Ray Mancini,” Fight Network president Len Asper commented. He  is deserving because of his unquestioned boxing success but also for his great ambassadorship for the sport of boxing and his contributions to the boxing world in general.
  
The 2015 Hall of Fame Weekend is scheduled for June 11-14th in Canastota, NY. Over 10 events, including a golf tournament, banquet, parade and autograph card show, are planned. An impressive celebrity lineup of boxing greats of yesterday and today will attend this year’s Induction Weekend. The highlight of the weekend will be the Official Enshrinement Ceremony on the Hall of Fame Museum Grounds in Canastota, New York on Sunday, June 14th to welcome the newest members.
 
The Hall of Fame also released names of posthumous honorees: Masao Ohba and Ken Overlin in the Old-Timer Category; and publicist John F.X. Condon in the Non Participant Category. Inductees were voted in by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians.
 
For more information on the events planned for the 2015 International Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend, please call the Hall of Fame at (315) 697-7095, visit online at www.ibhof.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/InternationalBoxingHallofFame and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BoxingHall.