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BARE KNUCKLE BOXING HALL OF FAME

INDUCTION CLASS OF 2017 (Ceremony to be July 8; Belfast, New York)

ORIGINAL BARE KNUCKLE INDUCTEES

Must have fought completely bare fisted sometime in their career; no wraps:

  • Uriah “Hughie” Burton, Boxer (King of the Gypsies late 1950s-early 1970s; known as ‘Big Just’) Undefeated Bare Knuckle Boxing Champion of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • Ted Daley, Boxer; Undefeated Bare Knuckle Boxing Champion; Living Inductee.
  • Billy Edwards, Boxer; 1868-1872; Lightweight Bare Knuckle Boxing Champion of the World.
  • Bartley Gorman V, Boxer (King of the Gypsies 1972-1992) English born traveller of Welsh and Irish descent; Undefeated Bare Knuckle Boxing Champion of the UK and Ireland.
  • Daniel Mendoza, Boxer; Heavyweight Champion of England from 1792-1795 (34-3 w/30 KOs).
  • Shannon Ritch, Boxer (Living Inductee) Bare knuckle record of 25-2 (25 KOs). Known as the “Most active fighter on the planet.” #1 Ranked Contender for America’s Police Gazette belt.

HONORARY INDUCTEES

Must have brought positive spotlight to upstate New York:

  • Ed Atherton, Wrestler, 1902 World Champion from Belfast, New York; pupil of Wm. Muldoon.
  • Barry Broughton, Local Grand Master from Olean, New York; known World-wide.
  • Chris Guzman, World known Boxing Artist; his work fills our Hall of Fame Room of Honor.
  • Roy Harding, Boxer; Local legend; fought 1929-1945. Soldier at Pearl Harbor during the attack.
  • Jimmy Holmes, Boxer; Indiana State Champion who trained in the Muldoon-Sullivan barns.
  • Tim Witherspoon, Boxer; 2-Time World Heavyweight Champion (WBC 1984, WBA 1986).

 MARIE BACKUS PERSON OF THE YEAR:

 Gino Arilotta, Rochester Boxing Hall of Fame President.

                                                                                                      

Scott R. Burt, President

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