IBRO http://www.ibroresearch.com International Boxing Research Organization Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:58:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tom Molineaux: : From bondage to baddest man on the planet http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/08/tom-molineaux-from-bondage-to-baddest-man-on-the-planet/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/08/tom-molineaux-from-bondage-to-baddest-man-on-the-planet/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 13:58:44 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=10599 Tom Molineaux: : From bondage to baddest man on the planet

by Bill Calogero


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Two hundred years before Mike Tyson, there was Tom Molineaux! In his first book, Bill Calogero shines a light on one of the greatest unsung pioneers of the prize-    ring, “Tom Molineaux. Learn why Tom Molineaux should be considered the first American Heavyweight Champion. See what dastardly deeds blatantly robbed him of  being the first American World Heavyweight Champion on a cold and rainy day in England during December of 1810. Examine the early days of what would become  The Sweet Science. Meet the men who slammed fist against flesh and bone in the wild, outdoor, rough and tumble world of bare-knuckle boxing during the early  nineteenth century. Read of the great triumphs and tragedies in the life of Tom Molineaux, the first great American sports celebrity. Tom Molineaux was born a slave  and fought his way to freedom, riches and fame. See for yourself why Tom is an important part of American history and why it’s such a tragedy that he’s virtually a  forgotten figure today. Bill Calogero’s “Tom Molineaux: From bondage to the baddest man on the planet” will introduce you to a part of American history that should  not be forgotten.

(Foreword by Alex Pierpaoli), (Epilogue by Daxx Kahn)

Price: $22.95, plus S&H

You can get a signed copy by visiting BillyCBoxing.com and going into the Book Club section. The book is also available for purchase on Amazon.Com


Product Details

Paperback: 144 pages

Publisher: jc publications (September 5, 2015)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0692484108

ISBN-13: 978-0692484104

Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches


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Jack Sharkey: A Heavyweight Champion’s Untold Story http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/08/press-release-jack-sharkey-biography/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/08/press-release-jack-sharkey-biography/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 19:36:45 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=8615 JACK SHARKEY

A Heavyweight Champion’s Untold Story

By James Curl

sharkey-book-coverWhen Jack Sharkey retired in 1936 after twelve years of boxing, he had carved out a career that was both exciting and controversial. But, despite having been the     world heavyweight champion and enormously popular, sadly he is almost completely forgotten today…until now.

After two years of extensive research and writing, the Boston Gob’s life story is ready to be told. In this book you will follow Jack Sharkey from his days as a teenage runaway and sailor to world heavyweight champion and renowned fly-fisherman alongside his good friend, baseball great Ted Williams. You will also read about his controversial battles with such legendary fighters as Jack Dempsey, Max Schmeling, and the giant Primo Carnera. The book also covers in detail Jack’s four-fight rivalry with his great nemesis Jimmy Maloney, and offers several round-by-round descriptions of his biggest fights.

With a foreword by Jack Sharkey III, over 50 photos and 231 pages, this book offers a rich, detailed look at the life of one of boxing’s most colorful and interesting characters.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR James Curl is a member of the international Boxing Research Organization (IBRO) and has written articles for the IBRO Journal and East Side Boxing. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed book Jersey Joe Walcott: A Boxing Biography. He lives in Rancho Cordova, California.

Signed or inscribed copies are $26.95, plus $5.75 postage within the Continental United States (additional shipping charges $14.00 outside the continental (US). Please contact the author at curl88@hotmail.com

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Bareknuckle Fighting

and Heroes of the Prize-ring (Retro Classics)

by Tony Gee

Product description

Up to ScratchSuch was prize-fighting’s appeal during the 18th and 19th centuries that, at its zenith, the sport was patronised by royalty and aristocracy and, notwithstanding its illegality, its contests often attracted thousands of spectators from all walks of life. “Up to Scratch” covers bare knuckle fighting from early English stage bouts to boxing’s transitional period between knuckles and gloves. Although concentrating mainly on a region, then just north of the metropolis, which was a favourite venue of the London prize-ring, it is essentially an anecdotal account of what was unquestionably one of England’s most dramatic sporting pastimes. Included are tales of some of the great champions – Tom Johnson, Daniel Mendoza, Jem Belcher, Tom Sayers and Jem Mace – as well as many forgotten, but no less colourful, fistic heroes. Up to Scratch powerfully evokes an age when pugilism was a barbaric, corrupt and yet primarily noble activity which makes today’s boxing look positively tame by comparison.

About the author (2015)

Tony Gee is one of the foremost authorities on the prize-ring and Up To Scratch is the result of extensive research.

Publisher:G2 Entertainment Ltd

Format:Paperback | 208 pages

Dimensions:154mm x 224mm x 12mm | 300g

Publication date:15 May 2015

Publication City/Country:Gravesend

ISBN 10:1782811125

ISBN 13:9781782811121

Illustrations note:black & white illustrations

Available at amazon.com in several formats including Kindle E-book

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Tony Zale The Man of Steel http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/08/tony-zale-the-man-of-steel/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/08/tony-zale-the-man-of-steel/#comments Sat, 01 Aug 2015 18:38:10 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=8427 BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT

Tony Zale The Man of Steel

by Ted Zale and Clay Moyle

zale-book-coverAuthors TED ZALE and CLAY MOYLE have completed their collaboration on the story of the one and only Man of Steel from Gary, Indiana.  It features over 490 pages, 105,000 words,  and was four and a half years in the making.  The hard  cover book with the handsome dust jacket includes more than 400 photos, many of which are from Tony and his nephew Ted’s personal collections and have never before seen by the public.  This long awaited biography about a young Polish steelworker who overcame his shyness to become a world boxing champion goes behind the scenes for a closer look at how difficult his life was outside the square circle. “Keep the kids off the street and in the ring” was Tony’s message.

PRE-ORDERS are now being taken for a mid-December delivery, just in time for gift giving this Holiday season.  For pre-ordering and further information, please email: Deb Zale at ChampTonyZale@aol.com You will not be disappointed!

The price of $35 per book includes mailing within the continental United States.

If you prefer PayPal, please go to www.tonyzale.ORG for that payment option.
Click on the “Purchase Now” tab.

Thank you to ALL our friends and family who have supported us in this labor of love over the years.  You gave us encouragement and belief in what Tony stood for and dedicated his life to; God, family, education and the children.  You kept us motivated to complete his life’s story and we thank you so very, very much.

God Bless.

As the Champ would say,

Best Wishes and Success

Ted and Deb Zale

and Clay Moyle

Links to our website and Facebook Page are below.



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A History of Women’s Boxing http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/07/a-history-of-womens-boxing/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/07/a-history-of-womens-boxing/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:26:05 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=8415 A History of Women’s Boxing

by Malissa Smith

women-boxingRecords of modern female boxing date back to the early eighteenth century in London, and in the 1904 Olympics an exhibition bout between women was held. Yet it was not until the 2012 Olympics-more than 100 years later-that women’s boxing was officially added to the Games. Throughout boxing’s history, women have fought in and out of the ring to gain respect in a sport traditionally considered for men alone. The stories of these women are told for the first time in this comprehensive work dedicated to women’s boxing.

A History of Women’s Boxing traces the sport back to the 1700s, through the 2012 Olympic Games, and up to the present. Inside-the-ring action is brought to life through photographs, newspaper clippings, and anecdotes, as are the stories of the women who played important roles outside the ring, from spectators and judges to managers and trainers. This book includes extensive profiles of the sport’s pioneers, including Barbara Buttrick whose plucky carnival shows launched her professional boxing career in the 1950s; sixteen-year-old Dallas Malloy who single-handedly overturned the strictures against female amateur boxing in 1993; the famous “boxing daughters” Laila Ali and Jacqui Frazier-Lyde; and teenager Claressa Shields, the first American woman to win a boxing gold medal at the Olympics.

Rich in detail and exhaustively researched, this book illuminates the struggles, obstacles, and successes of the women who fought-and continue to fight-for respect in their sport. A History of Women’s Boxing is a must-read for boxing fans, sports historians, and for those interested in the history of women in sports.

About the Author: Malissa Smith is an amateur boxer and maintains a popular blog about the sport-Girlboxing. She writes frequently on the topic of women’s boxing and has appeared as a guest on the radio show Courts & Sports to discuss women’s boxing history and women’s boxing in the Olympics. Smith is a board member of the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame (IWBHF).

This book is available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

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Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2015 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/06/minnesota-boxing-hall-of-fame-class-of-2013/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/06/minnesota-boxing-hall-of-fame-class-of-2013/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:49:59 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=7589 mnbhof-logo


The Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2015

Mystic Lake Casino & Hotel will again be the

chosen venue to honor 8 Inductees.

The Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame is proud to announce its inductees for 2015, all of whom will be honored at a banquet October 2 at Mystic Lake Casino.

2015 Inductees:

Danny Davis ~ Duane Horsman~ Mel Brown ~ Art Lasky ~ Charley Retzlaff ~ Sammy Gallop~Mike Collins~Jim Wells 

Special Recognition ~ Jamal James


The banquet is the sixth annual and includes several individuals closely identified with Minnesota boxing over the years. Danny Davis, Duane Horsman and Mel Brown were fighters who distinguished themselves with careers worthy of recognition at the highest level in Minnesota and were named to the modern category. Art Lasky and Charley Retzlaff were heavyweight fighters who not only fought one another but were highly regarded nationally and will represent the Old-Timer category. The Expanded category includes Sammy Gallop, who ran boxing as a distinguished promoter in Duluth, presenting some of the state’s best fighters on numerous occasions; Mike Collins was a promoter-manager in Minneapolis and before boxing was legalized in Minnesota presented fights over the border, in Hudson, Wis. Jim Wells covered boxing for the St. Paul Pioneer Press/Dispatch for 35 years and interviewed numerous world champions during that time in addition to covering amateur and professional boxing in Minnesota.

The Hall of Fame will also give special recognition to undefeated Minneapolis welterweight Jamal James as its Prospect of the Year.

Davis had a 27-14-3 record that included 12 knockouts. He twice fought lightweight champion Kenny Lane in nontitle bouts in addition to fighting to a draw with Minnesota Hall of Fame inductee Jackie Graves. In three fights with Hall of Fame boxer Glen Flanagan, he twice lost on points before winning the rubber match.

Horsman, known as the Chatfield Chopper, was a hard-hitting middleweight who won 49 of his 64 fights, 35 of them by kayo. His record includes wins against Del Flanagan, Lee Ballard and Rudy Rodriguez. He lost on points to Ralph Tiger Jones and Pat O’Connor in record gates in Rochester. Brown was a light heavyweight from St. Paul who fought from 1945 to 1955 and compiled a stunning 57-18-3 record that included 28 knockouts.

Lasky fought out of Minneapolis from 1930 to 1939 and compiled a 43-9-6 record that included 33 knockouts. He lost on points to Primo Carnera and to James Braddock and was stopped twice by Retzlaff. He stopped Fred Lenhart in three rounds. Retzlaff, meanwhile, fought out of Duluth and had a 61-8-3 record with 54 kayos, 18 of them in the first round. His record includes a split decision win over eventual world champ James Braddock.

Gallop promoted during the 1950s and 1960s with bouts featuring Jim Perrault, Al Andrews, Bobby Daniels and the state title fight between Glen Flanagan and Danny Davis.  Wells covered boxing for the St. Paul Pioneer Press from 1971 through 2006, a span in which he interviewed Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, Ken Norton, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and Roberto Duran among many others.

James is a professional welterweight from Minneapolis who is unbeaten with a 16-0 record. He is being recognized for his potential as one of the bright lights on the current Minnesota boxing scene.

Tickets, $65, provide admission to the ceremonies and include dinner. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. Dinner and the ceremonies get under way at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available by contacting the Hall of Fame website at www.mnbhof.org

]]> http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/06/minnesota-boxing-hall-of-fame-class-of-2013/feed/ 0 New York State Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2015 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/04/new-york-boxing-hall-of-fame/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/04/new-york-boxing-hall-of-fame/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:03:21 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=6923 nYS HOF Group Photo(Photo by Peter Frutkoff / Ring 8; Seated (L-R) – Lonnie Bradley, Bruce Silverglade, Tommy Gallagher, Joey Giambra and Saul Mamby;  Standing (L-R) Bob Duffy, Bob Miller and Harold Weston)

More than 300 people attended this past Sunday afternoon’s fourth annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) induction dinner, sponsored by Ring 8, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

Renowned ring announcer David Diamante once again served as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.

The 2015 inductees were selected by the NYSBHOF nominating committee members: Jack Hirsch, Steve Farhood, Bobby Cassidy, Jr., Don Majeski, Henry Hascup, Ron McNair and Neil Terens.

NYSBHOF Class of 2015


WBC junior welterweight champion & Vietnam Veteran Saoul Mamby – Bronx/Brooklyn
WBA junior middleweight title challenger Joey Giambra – Buffalo
1961 National Golden Gloves champion Johnny Persol – BrooklynTwo-time world welterweight title challenger Harold Weston –  New York City
WBO middleweight champion Lonnie Bradley – Harlem


World light heavyweight champion Paul Berlenbach – Astoria
“Uncrowned” world welterweight champion Billy Graham – Manhattan’s Eastside
2-Time World flyweight champion Frankie Genaro – New York City
World middleweight & welterweight champion Tommy Ryan – Redwood/Syracuse
World light heavyweight champion Jimmy Slattery – Buffalo


NYSBHOF & Ring 8 president Bob Duffy – Manhattan’s Westside/Massapequa Park
Journalist Mike Katz – Bronx
Trainer Tommy Gallagher – Howard Beach
Promoter/cutman Bob Miller  – Albany
Gleason’s Gym owner Bruce Silverglade – Brooklyn


Trainer Charley Goldman – Brooklyn
MSG matchmaker Harry Markson – Kingston
Promoter Cedric Kushner  – Manhattan
MSG matchmaker Jimmy Johnson – New York City
Journalist Damon Runyon – Manhattan
Manager/matchmaker Al Weill – New York City

Each inductee received a custom-designed belt signifying his induction into the NYSBHOF. All NYSBHOF plaques are on display at the New York State Athletic Commission.

All boxers had to have been inactive for at least three years, in order to be eligible for NYSBHOF induction, and all inductees must have resided in New York State for a significant portion of their boxing careers.

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New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2015 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/03/2010-new-jersey-boxing-hall-of-fame-inductees/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/03/2010-new-jersey-boxing-hall-of-fame-inductees/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:30:27 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=4006 President, Henry Hascup is proud to announce that on Thursday evening, November 12, 2015, the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame will hold its 46th Annual Dinner and Induction Ceremonies at the beautiful Venetian, located at 546 River Drive, Garfield, New Jersey starting at 7:00p.m.  Tickets are priced at ONLY $85.00 per person. Fourteen (14) of Boxing’s finest will be inducted in the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, and they are as follows:

FIGHTERS: John Brown, Valentin Contreras, Curtis Parker, Micky Ward, Kevin Smith (Posthumous)

TRAINERS: Bill Johnson, Bouie Fisher (Posthumous), Harry Wiley (Posthumous)

NON PARTICIPANTS: George Hill, Andre Kut, Daryl Peoples, Mark Taffet, Donald Trump and Dave Weinberg

Also, the NEW JERSEY BOXING HALL OF FAME will be honoring their Senior Amateur, Junior Olympic Amateur & Professional Boxers of the Year as well as the Amateur Official & Coach of the Year Plus our “2015 Man of the Year”.

For additional forms, tickets or information, contact our President, Henry Hascup at 59 Kipp Ave.,, Lodi, NJ 07644 or call him at 973-471-2458.  Email: hhascup@yahoo.com, or fax 973-470-8301


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Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/02/nevada-boxing-hall-of-fame%e2%80%99s-class-of-2015/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/02/nevada-boxing-hall-of-fame%e2%80%99s-class-of-2015/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 23:24:42 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=8596 Legendary boxers Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson headline the 21-person 2015 Class of Inductees into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. It is a star-studded cast which includes many of the finest boxers in the sport’s history. Rich Marotta, the Hall’s founder and chief executive officer, made the announcement on February 19 during a news conference at the Roy Jones Jr. Fight Academy in Las Vegas.

Nevada-resident boxers: Roger “The Black Mamba” Mayweather, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapia

Non-Nevada resident boxers: Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Lennox Lewis, Marco Antonio Barrera, Felix “Tito” Trinidad, Gene Fullmer

Pioneer category: James J. Corbett, Bob Fitzsimmons, Jack Johnson, Joe Gans, Tex Rickard

Non-boxer participants: Lee Samuels, Pat & Dawn Barry, Steve Sneddon, Dr. Donald Romeo, Chuck Hull, Dr. Robert Voy

Inductee Bios

Nevada-resident boxers (Three elected)

• Roger “The Black Mamba” Mayweather – Mayweather is a former world champion at both super featherweight (130 pounds) and super lightweight (140 pounds) whose 41 fights in Nevada are an NVBHOF record. He scored notable wins in Nevada over Vinnie Pazienza, Livingstone Bramble and Harold Brazier. Mayweather ended his career with a 59-13 record and 35 knockouts. He was also 8-5 in major world title fights. After his fighting days ended, he went on to become one of the sport’s elite trainers and currently trains out of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas.

• Eddie Mustafa Muhammad – Born Eddie Gregory, Muhammad reigned as light heavyweight champion from March 31, 1980, when he stopped Marvin Johnson in the 11th round, until July 18, 1981, when he lost a 15-round unanimous decision to Michael Spinks. He compiled a 50-8-1 record with 39 knockouts and met all of the great 175-pounders of his era. He is now a highly sought after trainer who works out of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas.

• Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapia – Tapia won world titles at super flyweight, bantamweight and featherweight and was one of the most popular and exciting fighters of his time. Tapia, who struggled with drug addiction much of his life and died tragically at just 45 years of age in 2012, compiled a 59-5-2 record with 30 knockouts. Ring Magazine named his 1999 bout with Paulie Ayala in Las Vegas as its Fight of the Year. His life was chronicled in an HBO documentary simply called “Tapia”

Non-Nevada resident boxers (Seven elected)

• Muhammad Ali – Without question the most famous boxer ever, Ali was the first man to regain the heavyweight title and the first and still only man to hold the linear heavyweight title on three occasions. He was 56-5 with 37 knockouts in his legendary career, which began in 1960 after he won a gold medal as a light heavyweight at the Rome Olympics. Ali fought seven times in Nevada, going 5-2. He lost to Leon Spinks in a stunning 15-round decision at the then-Las Vegas Hilton in 1978 and then was stopped by Larry Holmes in 1980. He defeated Floyd Patterson, Ron Lyle, Jerry Quarry, Bob Foster and Joe Bugner in Nevada. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

• Sugar Ray Robinson – Widely regarded as the greatest fighter who ever lived, Robinson went 175-19-6 with 106 knockouts in a career that spanned 25 years. The Boxing Writers Association of America named its Fighter of the Year award after him. The Associated Press chose him as Boxer of the Century for the 20th century, as well as its best welterweight and best middleweight of the century. Robinson started his career 40-0 before a loss to Jake La Motta. He then proceeded to go 88-0-2 with a no contest in his next 91 bouts, giving him a stunning mark of 128-1-2. He fought in Nevada twice, losing to Gene Fullmer and Ferd Hernandez. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

• Marvelous Marvin Hagler – Hagler lost two of three fights to open 1976 that dropped his record to 26-2-1. But Hagler proceeded to turn his career around in a big way, reeling off a 36-0-1 streak that gained him recognition as arguably the greatest middleweight who ever lived. Hagler fought seven times in Nevada, including six world title fights. One of those was his third-round stoppage of Thomas Hearns in 1985 that many regard as one of the most exciting fights ever. He also lost a controversial decision to Sugar Ray Leonard in what turned out to be his final fight. He scored memorable wins in Nevada over Hearns, Roberto Duran, John Mugabi and Juan Domingo Roldan. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

• Lennox Lewis – The 1988 Olympic gold medalist lived up to the hype as a professional. He was 41-2-1 with 32 knockouts and avenged each of his defeats. He fought a number of his big fights in Las Vegas and defeated Evander Holyfield, Hasim Rahman, Oliver McCall and David Tua in world title fights in Nevada. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

• Marco Antonio Barrera – Barrera was 67-6 in his illustrious professional career, but could be a member of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame for three fights alone: His legendary trilogy with Erik Morales. They were three of the greatest matches ever and all were held in Las Vegas. Barrera won two of the three, including the 2004 bout that was named Fight of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America. Barrera also defeated Prince Naseem Hamed and Kevin Kelley in Las Vegas and suffered a loss to Manny Pacquiao.

• Felix “Tito” Trinidad – The big-punching Trinidad was 42-3 with 35 knockouts and participated in 10 world championship bouts in Las Vegas. His 1999 decision over Oscar De La Hoya was the best-selling non-heavyweight pay-per-view to that point, drawing 1.4 million sales. He also had a sensational slugfest win over Fernando Vargas in 2000, and had an impressive victory outdoors at Caesars Palace over David Reid. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

• Gene Fullmer – Fullmer fought Sugar Ray Robinson four times, going 2-1-1 in what were all world middleweight title bouts. He was 55-6-3 with 24 knockouts in his career. He was 2-0-1 in Nevada fights, all of which were for the middleweight title. He defeated Robinson and Benny Paret and drew with Dick Tiger. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Pioneer category (Five elected)

• James J. Corbett – Corbett was 14-4-3 with three no contests but had a rich boxing history in Nevada. Known as “Gentleman Jim,” Corbett fought in the first world title fight in Nevada when he was beaten in 1897 by Bob Fitzsimmons in Carson City. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

• Bob Fitzsimmons – Fitzsimmons became the first former middleweight champion to become heavyweight champion when he knocked out James J. Corbett in the 14th round in Carson City, Nev., on March 17, 1897. Fitzsimmons was 68-8-4 with 59 knockouts and 19 no contests. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

• Jack Johnson – Johnson retained the heavyweight title when he knocked out Jim Jeffries in the 15th round of a scheduled 45-rounder in Reno on July 4, 1910. Johnson became the first African American man to hold the world heavyweight title and he faced great racism. He often had to battle a so-called “Great White Hope.” Jeffries, the former champion, came out of retirement to fight Johnson in a bout that was dubbed “The Fight of the Century.” He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

• Joe Gans – Gans became the first African American boxer to win a world title when he claimed the lightweight title in 1906. He fought twice in Nevada, defeating Battling Nelson in Goldfield, Nev., in 1906 and stopping Kid Herman in Tonopah in 1907. He was 158-12-20 with 100 knockouts and six no contests. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

• Tex Rickard – Born George Lewis Rickard, Tex became the best-known boxing promoter in the first half of the 20th century. Rickard promoted heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey and in five fights together between 1921 and 1927, they grossed $8.4 million. Adjusted for inflation, that would be $114 million in 2014. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Non-boxer participants (Six elected)

• Lee Samuels – A former writer for the Philadelphia Bulletin, Lee Samuels became known as the best publicist in boxing when he was hired by Bob Arum. One of boxing’s good guys who has won multiple awards from the Boxing Writers Association of America, Samuels was always devoted to Arum, Top Rank and the company’s fighters. He was known for his detailed media notes and tirelessly spreading the word about boxing.

• Pat & Dawn Barry – The husband-and-wife duo are significant players in the amateur boxing business in Nevada and have helped thousands of kids by getting them started in the state’s amateur program. Their Las Vegas-based gym, Barry’s Boxing, is a place where many of the sport’s stars got their start and where numerous amateur tournaments are held. Among the many boxers that the Barrys developed are Augie Sanchez, Diego Magdaleno and Jesus Magdaleno.

• Steve Sneddon – The long-time boxing writer for the Reno Gazette-Journal, Sneddon was among the finest journalists in the country for decades. He traveled the world reporting on fights for the Gannett News Service and was ringside for many of the sport’s biggest events. He was known and respected by all of the major fighters for his honesty, accuracy and compelling writing on the sweet science.

• Dr. Donald Romeo – Romeo was the ringside physician for more than 10,000 in an era where the weigh-in was on the day of the fight. He had tremendous responsibilities but always looked out for the fighters’ best interests and was willing to pull a fighter from a card for health reasons no matter who objected. He was the doctor for the 1984 U.S. Olympic team and worked many major fights, including Muhammad Ali-Floyd Patterson.

• Chuck Hull – A classy, well-dressed man who was known for wearing a tuxedo into the ring, Hull is regarded as one of the great ring announcers in the sport’s history. A sportscaster at KLAS-TV, Channel 8, Hull announced most of the major fights in Las Vegas in the 1980s, including Larry Holmes-Gerry Cooney, Sugar Ray Leonard-Thomas Hearns and Muhammad Ali-Holmes. He also was the ring announcer for the boxing matches at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

• Dr. Robert Voy – One of the most respected ringside physicians in the sport’s history, Voy was a fierce advocate for fighter safety and was heavily involved in the anti-doping movement. He was the chief medical officer for the U.S. Olympic Committee and served as the president of USA Boxing. He was known for treating many of the sport’s biggest stars, often for free when they were unable to pay.

Caesars Palace will host the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame’s third annual induction dinner/ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 8. The silent auction begins at 6:00 p.m. and the dinner ceremony starts at 7:00. Tickets for the induction dinner will be $300, $175 and $75 and are on sale now. A full weekend of activities are planned. An NVBHOF exhibit will be on display on Friday and Saturday at the property and welcoming party on Friday, August 7.

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