The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced Mexican ring legends Ruben “El Puas” Olivares and Pipino Cuevas will be among Hall of Famers returning to Canastota to attend festivities planned for the 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend June 11-14th.
“Ruben Olivares and Pipino Cuevas were two of the most explosive punchers to ever step into the boxing ring,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “We are very much looking forward to welcoming both of these exciting champions back to Canastota from their homes in Mexico.”
Olivares turned pro in 1965 and knocked out his first 23 opponents. “El Puas” twice reigned as world bantamweight and featherweight champion. He holds wins over Lionel Rose (KO 5), Chucho Castillo (W 15), Art Hafey (W 12) and Bobby Chacon (TKO 9, TKO 2). A superb knockout artist, of his 88 wins, 77 came by way of knockout. Extremely popular in his native Mexico, Olivares was also one of the greatest draws ever at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, CA. Olivares was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.
Born in Santo Tomis, Mexico, Cuevas turned pro in 1971. He captured the WBA welterweight championship in 1976 from Angel Espada (TKO 2) and reigned until 1980. The hard punching Cuevas successfully defended the crown 11 times, scoring 10 wins by knockout. Before retiring in 1989 he compiled a pro record of 35-15 (31 KOs) and registered wins over Clyde Gray (KO 2), Pete Ranzany (TKO 2) and Randy Shields (W 15) among others. In 2002 Cuevas was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
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 stars from the United States and abroad, including “The Raging Bull” Jake LaMotta, Nino Benvenuti, “Irish” Micky Ward, William Joppy, Ray Mercer, George Chuvalo and Peter Manfredo Jr., 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.