CANASTOTA, NY – FEBRUARY 12, 2015 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo Jr. will be among boxing stars attending festivities planned for the 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend June 11-14th.
“’Peter Manfredo Jr. was a throwback fighter, always ready and willing to fight anyone,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “We are so happy this fan favorite will be in Canastota in June to participate in weekend events.”
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Manfredo competed in 165 amateur bouts before turning professional in 2000. One of the breakout stars of season one of the popular NBC boxing reality series The Contender, Manfredo holds wins over Grady Brewer, Frankie Randall, Scott Pemberton, Joe Spina, Alfonso Gomez, Donny McCrary, Walter Wright, Matt Vanda and Joey Gilbert among others. In 2010 he captured the vacant IBO middleweight title with a 10th round TKO over Angel Hernandez. “The Pride of Providence” retired in 2013 with a pro ledger of 40-7 (21 KOs).
Events planned for the weekend include a banquet, parade, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, cocktail party and the Official Induction Ceremony honoring the Class of 2015. Living inductees include heavyweight champion Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe, featherweight champion “Prince” Naseem Hamed, lightweight champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, light flyweight champion Yoko Gushiken, manager Rafael Mendoza, referee Steve Smoger, journalist Nigel Collins and broadcaster Jim Lampley. Posthumous inductees in the Old-Timer and Non-Participant categories will also be honored.
An impressive list of over 40 boxing greats from the United States and abroad, including “The Raging Bull” Jake LaMotta, Nino Benvenuti, “Irish” Micky Ward, William Joppy, Ray Mercer and George Chuvalo, are scheduled to participate in the weekend.
For more information on the 2015 Hall of Fame Induction 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.