THOMAS HEARNS HEADLINES STAR-LADEN CLASS
OF INDUCTEES INTO NEVADA BOXING HALL OF FAME
Spinks brothers, Michael Carbajal, Erik Morales and Salvador Sanchez are also among the greats to be honored Aug. 12 at Caesars Palace.
LAS VEGAS - Former world champion Thomas Hearns, who along with Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Roberto Duran dominated boxing in the 1980s and became known collectively as "The Four Kings," headlines a 14-person class of inductees into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, Hall CEO/president Michelle Corrales-Lewis announced Wednesday.
Hearns was chosen in the non-Nevada resident boxer category, along with Michael Spinks, Erik Morales, Michael Carbajal, women's boxing star Lucia Rijker and Salvador Sanchez. Elected in the Nevada resident boxer category was Ken Norton, Leon Spinks and Richie Sandoval.
Chosen in the non-boxer category were referee Davey Pearl, public relations specialist Debbie Munch, promoter Mel Greb, trainer/cut man Rafael Garcia and Nevada Athletic Commission chair Dr. Elias Ghanem.
Norton, Sanchez, Greb and Ghanem will be inducted posthumously.
The members of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame's star-studded fifth-induction class will be honored at a gala dinner at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Saturday, Aug. 12. Ticket will be released Thursday, February 16th at 12pm on .
"We are very proud of this class of inductees, and it contains some of the greatest fighters who ever lived," Corrales-Lewis said. "I'm looking forward to our gala dinner when we can honor these richly deserving people and allow their fans to say hello."
Hearns was one of the standouts during the 1980s and participated in a series of great bouts in Las Vegas with Leonard, Hagler and Duran. His 1985 bout with Hagler at Caesars Palace is still regarded by many as the greatest fight in boxing history.
The Spinks brothers, Michael and Leon, become the first set of brothers inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. Both won gold medals for the U.S. at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and then went on to win world titles in the pros.
Norton, known primarily for a series of close bouts with the legendary Muhammad Ali, also competed in one of the great heavyweight title bouts ever. He lost the WBC title by a razor-thin decision to Larry Holmes in 1978, among the finest heavyweight championship fights ever held.
Pearl was among the best referees of all-time and worked more than 70 championship bouts. He was the referee for both Leon Spinks' shocking 1978 upset of Ali as well as for Leonard's dramatic 14th-round knockout of Hearns in 1981.
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BIOGRAPHIES OF THE NEW HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Michael Carbajal - Best known as the first junior flyweight to earn a $1 million purse, Carbajal won world titles at junior flyweight and flyweight. Known as "Little Hands of Stone" for his punching power, Carbajal was 49-4 with 33 KOs.
His rivalry with Humberto "Chiquita" Gonzalez was one of the best of the early 1990s and their 1993 fight was The Ring Magazine Fight of the Year. In 2004, The Ring named Carbajal as the best junior flyweight in history.
He was 98-10 as an amateur and won a silver medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
Thomas Hearns - Hearns, 58, won recognized world titles at welterweight, super welterweight, middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight during a career in which he went 61-5-1 with 48 KOs.
He's most remembered for his savage three-round battle with Hagler in 1985, but he participated in many of the decade's biggest and most electric bouts. He fought in Las Vegas 16 times, going 11-4-1 with nine knockouts.
Erik Morales - One of the most exciting fighters of the early part of the 2000s, Morales is best known for his series of outstanding fights with arch rival Marco Antonio Barrera. Morales went 52-9 with 36 knockouts but is best known for his trilogy with Barrera, two of which were named Ring Fight of the year.
Morales won major world titles at super bantamweight, featherweight, super featherweight and super lightweight, becoming the first Mexican born fighter to win titles in four weight classes.
He also engaged in a spectacular trilogy with Manny Pacquiao, beating him in the first and dropping the last two.
Ken Norton - Though he was the heavyweight champion before losing his belt to Larry Holmes in one of the great title bouts ever, Norton was best known for his three fights with the legendary Muhammad Ali. Norton defeated Ali in 1973 in San Diego in their first bout, breaking Ali's jaw.
Ali won the two subsequent bouts, including a 1976 match at Yankee Stadium for the title. Some observers believe Norton deserved to win all three fights.
The Holmes fight was sensational and the two men stood in the center of the ring at Caesars and slugged it out in the 15th and final round.
Lucia Rijker - Rijker is regarded as one of, if not the best, women boxers in history. She was 17-0 with 14 knockouts in boxing and was 37-0-1 with 25 knockouts as a kick boxer.
In her boxing career, she scored dominant wins over the likes of Jane Couch, Marcela Acuna and Chevelle Hallback.
She later appeared in the Oscar-winning film, "Million Dollar Baby."
Salvador Sanchez - Sanchez tragically died in an auto accident in Mexico at just 23 years old, robbing the world of one of the elite fighters in history well before his time. Sanchez was 44-1-1 with 32 knockouts and was the lineal featherweight champion from 1980 until his death in 1982.
He won the title by knocking out Danny "Little Red" Lopez, but is best known for a dominating eighth-round stoppage of Wilfredo Gomez. Gomez was 33-0 with 32 knockouts but was no match for Sanchez.
Richie Sandoval - Sandoval held the bantamweight title for two years, but his career, as great as it was, is a question of what might have been. He was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic boxing team, but he lost his chance at a medal when President Carter decided to boycott the Games in Moscow.
Sandoval won the first 29 fights of his pro career, racking up 17 knockouts, and beat the great Jeff Chandler for the bantamweight belt.
But tragically, Sandoval suffered serious boxing related injuries in a 1986 bout with Gaby Canizales and was forced to retire.
Leon Spinks - Spinks is most known for upsetting Muhammad Ali in 1978 in just his eighth pro fight to win the heavyweight championship. He lost the title in a rematch and failed in two other attempts to win a title. He was stopped by Larry Holmes in a heavyweight title fight in 1981 and lost a cruiserweight title challenge in Reno to Dwight Muhammad Qawi in 1986.
A colorful figure known as "Neon" Leon, he was an acclaimed amateur who was 178-7 with 133 KOs and the light heavyweight gold at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.
He finished his professional career with a 26-17-3 mark and 14 KOs.
Michael Spinks - Spinks was 31-1 in his career and won both the light heavyweight and heavyweight titles. He moved up from light heavyweight to defeat Larry Holmes at the Riviera in 1985, denying Holmes the opportunity to go 49-0 and match Rocky Marciano's record.
He won the light heavyweight title in his 17th pro fight in 1981 at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas when he bested the much more experienced Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. Spinks held the light heavyweight title for four years, before giving it up to move to heavyweight to fight Holmes.
A 1976 Olympic gold medalist, Spinks' only pro loss came in his final fight when he was knocked out by Mike Tyson in a bout for the undisputed heavyweight title.
NON-BOXER INDUCTEE BIOGRAPHIES
Rafael Garcia - Garcia, 87, is best known for his cap he wears festooned with pins and for working as Floyd Mayweather's hand wrapper. But he had a long career as both a cut man and a trainer and was outstanding at both. He worked with elite fighters such as Mayweather, Roberto Duran, Alexis Arguello and Wilfredo Gomez.
Dr. Elias Ghanem - Ghanem as the long-time chairman of the Nevada Athletic Commission, and was responsible for helping it to earn the moniker, "The greatest commission in the world."
Ghanem, a physician whose patients once included Elvis Presley, played a key role in the hearings after Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield, and also was instrumental in bringing the Oscar De La Hoya-Felix Trinidad bout to Las Vegas in 1999.
Mel Greb - Known as "The father of professional boxing in Southern Nevada," Greb was a promoter and matchmaker who first brought Muhammad Ali to Nevada. Then known as Cassius Clay, Greb promoted Ali's seventh pro fight in 1961. That week, he introduced Ali to wrestler "Gorgeous" George, and Ali patterned himself after George in many ways.
Greb died in 1996 at 75 years old.
Debbie Munch - Caesars Palace in Las Vegas was a legendary host for many of boxing's biggest fights in the 1980s and early 1990s, and Munch, a public relations expert, was instrumental in it.
She was widely respected by promoters, boxers and the media and helped many journalists immeasurably with their boxing coverage.
Davey Pearl - Pearl was small of stature, but was a giant as a referee. He worked more than 70 world title bouts, including Muhammad Ali-Leon Spinks and Sugar Ray Leonard-Thomas Hearns.
Pearl was also a highly regarded judge.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
I FIGHT FOR MEXICO
February 14, 2017
The World Boxing Council is proudly developing and evolving the campaign "I Fight for Mexico," which inspires and encourages values of solidarity and unity, through hard work nationwide.
This initiative invites all people to stand proud and together, stating: "I fight for Mexico." So we are all as one, giving our utmost, whatever our daily activity. The goal is to offer the very best of ourselves through solidarity in benefit of our Great Mexico.
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YO PELEO POR MÉXICO
Febrero 14, 2017
En esta iniciativa se invita a todos a ponerse la playera y decir "Yo peleo por México", todos unidos, dando nuestro mejor esfuerzo, sea cual sea la actividad que desempeñemos día con día, la meta es dar lo mejor de nosotros mismos y salir adelante en beneficio del país.
Únete a esta campaña en el siguiente enlace: http://wbcboxing.com/votaMexico/
HAPPY FIFTY FOURTH BIRTHDAY WORLD BOXING COUNCIL
February 14, 2017
We were founded in 1963 at 1:00 p.m.-at the Prado Alffer Hotel in Mexico Sity, counting On the assistance and support of representatives from 11 countries, including Mexico.
This was part of an agreement of the then Mexican President, Mr. Adolfo Lopez Mateos, who was a great boxing fan, who even practiced it as amateur.
The directors of the then National Boxing Association (NBA) and the New York Athletic Commission came to the event. They were the most influential organizations in boxing at the time. So, we were formed, established and destined to become the greatest.
J. Onslow Fane, from England, represented the British Board of Boxing Control.
Edouard Rabret came on behalf of France.
Representing the NBA, Charles P. Larsen, President, Anthony Petronella and Emile Bruneau.
Other US commissions included Harry W. Falk (California) and General Melvyn Krulewitch (New York).
Luis Spota, Ramón G Velazquez and Rafael Barradas represented Mexico.
Don Rodrigo Sánchez was here for Panama.
Dr. Gustavo Vega represented Venezuela.
Rafael Nahmías was here on behalf the Chilean Boxing Federation.
Icaro Frsca was here on behalf of the Argentine Boxing Federation.
And Colonel Vicente Saguas Presas represented Brazil.
The first President was Mexican Luis Spota, winning with three votes against one for the British Onslow Fane, and another for Edouard Rabret, of France.
The successors in the presidency of the WBC were Filipino Justiniano Montano, the Mexican Ramón G. Velázquez and later the Mexicans José Sulaimán Chagnón and Mauricio Sulaimán Saldívar. Don Jose won a unanimous vote in Tunis, on December 5 of 1975. And our Leader Mauricio Sulaiman won a unanimous vote for the Presidency, in Mexico City three years ago, on February 11.
54 years since its foundation, the World Boxing Coucnil is the most respected and influential professional boxing sanctioning body, incorporating 166 countries, whose representatives meet each year at a World Boxing Council Convention, which takes place in various parts of the world.
ESTAMOS CUMPLIENDO 54 AÑOS DE VIDA!
Febrero 14, 2017
El Consejo Mundial de Boxeo está celebrando su aniversario número 54. Nuestro organismo fue fundado exactamente un día como hoy -14 de febrero de 1963 a las 13 horas- en el desaparecido hotel Prado Alffer de esta capital, con la asistencia de representantes de 11 países, obviamente incluído México.
Todo se llevó a cabo por un acuerdo del entonces Presidente mexicano, el Licenciado Adolfo López Mateos, quien fue un gran aficionado al boxeo, el que incluso practicó en el terreno amateur.
Además vinieron al evento los directivos de la entonces Asociación Nacional de Boxeo y de la Comisión Atlética de Nueva York, que eran los organismos más influyentes en el boxeo de aquella época y que formaron parte de la nueva agrupación.
J. Onslow Fane, de Inglaterra, represento a la Junta Británica de Control del Boxeo.
Edouard Rabret vino por Francia.
Representaron a la NBA Charles P. Larsen, Presidente, y los señores Anthony Petronella y Emile Bruneau. Por otras comisiones estadounidenses estuvieron Harry W. Falk (California y el General Melvyn Krulewitch (Nueva York).
Los señores Luis Spota y Ramón G. Velázquez, representaron a México, entre otros, uno de ellos, Rafael Barradas.
Por Panamá estuvo presente don Rodrigo Sánchez.
El Doctor Gustavo Vega representó a Venezuela.
Rafael Nahmías participó por la Federación Chilena de Boxeo.
Icaro Frsca estuvo aquí en representación de la Federación Argentina de Boxeo.
Y el Coronel Vicente Saguas Presas representó a Brasil.
El primer Presidente fue el mexicano Luis Spota, por tres votos contra uno para el británico Onslow Fane, y otro para Edouard Rabret, de Francia.
Los sucesores en la presidencia del CMB fueron el filipino Justiniano Montano, el mexicano Ramón G. Velázquez y posteriormente los mexicanos José Sulaimán Chagnón y Mauricio Sulaimán Saldívar. El primero de ellos asumió el cargo en Túnez, capital del país del mismo nombre, el 5 de Diciembre de 1975; y el segundo y actual dirigente de nuestro organismo fue votado presidente en la Ciudad de México hace tres años, el 11 de febrero.
A 54 años de haber sido fundado, el Consejo Mundial de Boxeo es la agrupación más respetada e influyente en el boxeo y está conformada por 166 países, cuyos representantes se reúnen cada año en una Convención Mundial, que se efectúa en diversas partes del planeta.