LAS VEGAS, NEV. (August 10, 2013) — Undefeated welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. heads a list of four resident boxers who will be honored with “Nevada Fighter of the Year Awards” tonight at the Inaugural Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Dinner in Las Vegas.
Mayweather Jr., who is 44 and 0 in his long career, receives the Nevada Male Fighter of the Year honor for his virtuoso performance May 4 against Robert Guerrero at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Floyd entered the ring at the age of 36, having been out of action one day short of a year, against a young, hungry opponent in Guerrero. However, after a close battle in the first two rounds, Mayweather seized control and using his experience and guile, dominated the rest of the way.
Three other Nevada-based boxers also will receive plaques honoring their achievements over the past year. Layla McCarter is the NVBHOF Female Fighter of the Year. McCarter pulled off the difficult assignment of traveling to South Africa and defeating the previously unbeaten Noni Tenge by eight-round TKO to take the WBA Female Light Middleweight.
Jesse Magdaleno was named Nevada Prospect of the Year for his rapid development into a main event fighter. Magdaleno, a two-year pro, is now 15-0. Josue Gaytan, will be honored with the Nevada Amateur Fighter of the Year Award. Gaytan, a junior at the University of Nevada in Reno, won his second consecutive National Collegiate Championship in the 185-pound division.
NVBHOF Founder and President Rich Marotta said, “We are a Nevada-centric organization and we want to recognize not only the past greats, the inductees, but those from Nevada who are making it happen in our state right now.”
Tonight’s first-ever Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner takes place at the Monte Carlo Las Vegas Resort and Casino is a complete sellout.
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