The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame has announced a stellar cast of 18 honorees, 13 living, to its second annual Class Of Inductees. The selections were made by a panel of 33 voters from Nevada-based boxing media, past inductees and NVBHOF Board members. The 18 inductees come from 10 categories, two of which were new: Adoptive Residents (for boxers who moved to and resided in Nevada after their careers), and Pioneer Class (for those who prominently contributed to Nevada Boxing prior to 1960).
The 2014 Class of Inductees is dominated by former Heavyweight Champions. They are “Big” George Foreman, Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield who were voted in as Non-Nevada residents, the late Sonny Liston as a Nevada-resident, Joe Louis as an Adoptive Nevada resident and Jack Dempsey in the Pioneer Class. Other boxers elected in various categories include “Hands of Stone” Roberto Duran, the always exciting Cornelius Boza-Edwards, and the “Old Mongoose”
Archie Moore. They will be enshrined at a gala dinner this summer, along with Inductees from the other categories: Officials, Non-Boxer Participants, Executives, Promotions, Media, and Special Contributors.
Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame President and Founder Rich Marotta said, “We at the NVBHOF are thrilled to again honor those, both in and out of the ring, who have made Nevada the “Boxing Capitol of the World”. Last year’s Inaugural Induction Ceremony/Dinner was a massive success, with fans coming to the event from all over the country to mix with, have dinner with, and hear from the amazing boxing personalities who took part. With another fantastic list of worthy inductees, we are in the planning stages of our fan events and of course, Induction Gala. We will also, as is our-stated mission, continue to donate to boxing-related causes such as Youth and Amateur Groups, College Boxing Programs and former fighters in dire financial and medical situations”.
The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Ceremony will be held this summer in Las Vegas at a site and date to be determined. Additional, smaller fan events will also be held prior to, and after the Induction Ceremony.
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NON-NEVADA RESIDENTS: (Must have fought minimum of 10 fights or 7 World Title fights in Nevada)
GEORGE FOREMAN 76-5, former two-time heavyweight champion, considered one of most terrifying punchers of all time.
13 Nevada fights 3 World title fights in state. Notable Nevada wins: KO-4 Ron Lyle in, an all time NV classic in which Foreman was knocked down twice but came back to knockout Lyle, 10 RD KO of Michael Moorer in which he trailing badly on all cards to become oldest heavyweight champ at 45
EVANDER “REAL DEAL” HOLYFIELD 44-10, 1984 Olympian , 19 Nevada fights, 15 world title (10 hvywt, 5 cruiserwt) Notable Nevada wins included his shocking upset 11rd KO of Mike Tyson as 23-1 underdog, and repeat win in the famed ear-bite fight, his fan-man fight victory over Riddick Bowe, and KO’s of Buster Douglas and Michael Moorer.
ROBERTO DURAN 103-16 14 Nevada fights, 6 World Title, “Hands of Stone”. Considered by many one of the greatest fighters pound-for-pound in history. Notable Nevada wins over Esteban de Jesus and Luigi Minichillo. Lost close decision to Marvin Hagler at Caesars outdoor stadium, and lost decision to Ray Leonard in third fight of their trilogy as opening event of Steve Wynn’s Mirage Hotel.
NEVADA RESIDENT BOXERS: (For boxers who lived in Nevada during portion of their career)
SONNY LISTON 50-6 Resided last several years of his career in Las Vegas. Former hvywt champ, career-included victories over Floyd Patterson. Cleveland Willaims, Eddie Machen. His 1st-round knockout of Patterson ’63 one of earliest NV World Title fights of modern era
CORNELIUS BOZA EDWARDS: 45-7 Resident several years in Las Vegas. Former WBC Super-Featherweight Champ. Career included victories over Bobby Chacon, Bazooka Limon, Rolando Navarette. His bloodbath with Chacon still considered one of most violent action fights of modern era in NV. Now trains fighters
ADOPTIVE NV RESIDENT: (Boxers who moved to and made NV their home after their careers)
JOE LOUIS: The great “Brown Bomber who was heavyweight champ for 11 years, defending title 25X. Moved to Nevada and resided here several years later in life working at Caesars Palace, where his huge statue still is displayed
PIONEER CLASS (prominent in NV Boxing prior to 1960)
JACK DEMPSEY: Former great heavyweight champ spent a lot of time, training, vacationing, living in NV, fighting 8 times with two exhibition bouts as well in state. Subject of book “Dempsey in Nevada” by RGJ’s Guy Clifton
ARCHIE MOORE: Former light-heavyweight champ fought twice in NV, but helped usher in big-time boxing to state by fighting and winning 1956 heavyweight elimination bout vs. Nino Valdez at Cashman Field to find challenger for hvywt title vs. Marciano. Heavily promoted and got people thinking Nevada for big fights.
CLIFFORD PERLMAN, CEO Caesars on its rise up the boxing ladder and during years of the great outdoor fights in Vegas. Helped usher in biggest fights
to Las Vegas
STEVE WYNN: hosted huge fights at Mirage including opening week of hotel Duran-Leonard 3, also Holyfield-B. Douglas, Tyson-Razor Ruddock and his Wynn Hotel still serves as the host hotel for many marquee bouts, which are fought at Thomas and Mack Center
LUTHER MACK; 14 years Nevada State Athletic Commission, Inductee UNR Business Hall of Fame, Named Distinguished Nevadan by University of Nevada
CHUCK MINKER- Judge, Chief Inspector and Executive Director of NSAC, died 1992
COL BOB SHERIDAN: Internationally famed boxing blow-by-blow man, called near 10,000 fights, nearing 1000 world title fights
KEVIN IOLE: Boxing editor and columnist for Yahoo, previously boxing beat writer at Las Vegas Review Journal 1990-2007, 4X winner NV Sportswriter of Yr
OFFICIALS: (Referees or Judges)
RICHARD STEELE, Ref’d several of boxing biggest ever, Hearns-Hagler, Leonard-Hearns 2, Leonard-Hagler, Chavez-Meldrick Taylor, many Tyson fights
KENNY BAYLESS: 1st ACTIVE ref to be inducted, very athletic ref, gets many of today’s biggest, done Manny fights, also Floyd vs. Oscar and vs. Mosley
NON-BOXER PARTICIPANT: (Trainers, managers, or cutmen)
MIGUEL DIAZ: Began training 1974 in gym of late Johnny Tocco. Established two of his own gyms. Worked either as trainer or cutman with many champions including Floyd Mayweather Jr, Diego Corrales, Jose Luis Castillo, Manny Pacquaio, James Toney,
PROMOTIONS: (Promoters, matchmakers, publicists)
BRUCE TRAMPLER, matchmaker with Top Rank since 1981 after being with Dundee Brothers in Florida and Madison Square Garden. Orchestrated careers from career start to championship of Floyd Mayweather Jr, Miguel Cotto, Kelly Pavlik and most famously Oscar de la Hoya, Inducted into Intl BHOF 2011