30.09.06 – Roberto Duran, Eddie Perkins, Matthew Saad Muhammad and Julian Jackson will be inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame on October 14, 2006 at the twenty-seventh Annual “Banquet of Champions.” The banquet will be held at the Los Angeles Marriott Hotel, 5855 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, California. Also chosen by the international selection committee to be inducted in expanded categories are Joey Olmos, former Chief Inspector Southern Section of the California State Athletic Commission; Robert Byrd, referee; Ignacio Beristain, trainer; and Barry Tompkins sports broadcaster. In attendance will be many great boxing champions of the past and present including Carmen Basilio, Mando Ramos, Carlos Palomino, Danny “Little Red” Lopez, and many others.
The gala also features induction of posthumous boxing veterans Jackie Graves, Billy Peacock, Ike Chestnut, Bert Gilroy and Gil Cadilli. Serving as masters of ceremonies will be Danny Valdivia and Ernie Orozco (More familiarly known as “Mr. C.”)—familiar faces at local boxing and entertainment events, as well as many out of state and international boxing shows, television shows,
and motion pictures.
Prior to the banquet, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. a
Memorabilia and Collectibles Show will be held at the hotel. Some of the honorees will be available for autographs
at the event. Tickets for the banquet on October 14th are priced at
$100.00 general; $150.00 ringside; and $200.00 for gold circle guests. Tables of ten are available in each category and the price includes tax, tip, and a copy of the program. The social hour begins at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 and the induction ceremonies commencing at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets for the event may be purchased by calling (909) 239-3541
or (951) 202-7988. They may also be purchased by accessing our website WBHF.ORG.
WORLD BOXING HALL OF FAME
FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 2006
WBC Welterweight Champion Carlos Baldomir (43-9-6 / 13 by KO) just might be the Cinderella Man, i.e., the James J. Braddock of boxing today. Baldomir was born on April 6, 1971 in Santa Fe, Argentina, which is the same hometown as the late, great Middleweight Champion Carlos Monzon. Baldomir turned professional in 1993, and in a career that has spanned thirteen years, he has participated in fifty-eight bouts. Only seven of those bouts were fought in the United States. His two major engagements to date were fought this past year, both of which resulted in surprising victories. He defeated Zab Judah on January 7, 2006 in New York to win the WBC Welterweight Championship in a unanimous 12 round decision. Six months later, he successfully defended his title on July 22, 2006 in Atlantic City by defeating Arturo Gatti in a 9th round knockout. Baldomir’s victories over Zab Judah and Arturo Gatti were fought in these opponents’ home cities. A remarkable presence in the sport of boxing, Carlos Baldomir is the 2006 World Boxing Hall of Fame Fighter of the Year.