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LOU DIBELLA DAN GOOSEN KATHY DUVA THOMAS HAUSER
BERNARD HOPKINS JAUN MANUEL MARQUEZ
International Boxing Hall of Fame 2020 Induction Program
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Boxing Hall of Fame & Museum THE SHOWPLACE OF BOXING • www.ibhof.com 1 Hall of Fame Drive, Canastota, NY 13032 • (315) 697-7095 • Fax (315) 697-5356 Contact: Edward Brophy, Executive Director
Dear Friends, The year 2020 is a year like no other and much like the rest of the world, the International Boxing Hall of Fame was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the shutdown of businesses around the world in late March to limit the transmission of the virus and following health and safety guidelines put in place by local and state officials, the Hall made the decision to postpone the Annual Induction Weekend (June 11-14) and announce that the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 will be enshrined together during the 2021 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend scheduled for June 10-13th in “Boxing’s Hometown.” The Hall of Fame is pleased to issue the traditional Official Program Yearbook recognizing the new class of honorees. The Class of 2020 is - Bernard Hopkins, Juan Manuel Marquez, “Sugar” Shane Mosley, Frank Erne, Paddy Ryan, promoters Lou DiBella, Kathy Duva and Dan Goossen, journalists Bernard Fernandez and Thomas Hauser and the inaugural class of female boxers Barbara Buttrick, “The Coal Miner’s Daughter” Christy Martin and “The Dutch Destroyer” Lucia Rijker, As the world continues to resolutely battle this relentless foe, Canastota is ready to go the distance and meet the challenge bravely. We’re all in this fight together and the Hall of Fame is anticipating the day when we can welcome everyone back to “Boxing’s Hometown” to celebrate the worldwide sport of boxing.
Edward Brophy Executive Director
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CONGRATULATES THE INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2020
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Jeﬀ Chandler Jung-Koo Chang Ezzard Charles Julio Cesar Chavez Curtis Cokes Billy Conn Pipino Cuevas Donald Curry Oscar De La Hoya Roberto Duran Gabriel (Flash) Elorde Jeﬀ Fenech George Foreman Bob Foster Joe Frazier Gene Fullmer Khaosai Galaxy Victor Galindez Arturo Gatti Kid Gavilan Joey Giardello Wilfredo Gomez Humberto Gonzalez Billy Graham
Modern (139) Rocky Graziano Emile Griﬃth Marvelous Marvin Hagler Naseem Hamed Masahiko (Fighting) Harada Thomas Hearns Virgil Hill Larry Holmes Evander Holyfield Bernard Hopkins Beau Jack Julian Jackson Lew Jenkins Eder Jofre Ingemar Johansson Harold Johnson Mark Johnson Cocoa Kid Vitali Klitschko Ismael Laguna Jake LaMotta Sugar Ray Leonard
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Fidel LaBarba Sam Langford George (Kid) Lavigne Charles Ledoux Benny Leonard Battling Levinsky Harry Lewis John Henry Lewis Ted (Kid) Lewis Tommy Loughran Benny Lynch Joe Lynch Jack McAuliﬀe Charles (Kid) McCoy Packey McFarland Terry McGovern Jimmy McLarnin Sam McVey Sammy Mandell Freddie Miller Billy Miske
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2020 Inductee - Modern
Born Bernard Humphrey Hopkins, Jr. on January 15, 1965 in Philadelphia, PA. Hopkins turned pro in 1988 and won the USBA middleweight title before stopping Segundo Mercado (TKO 7) for the vacant IBF belt in 1995 to begin a historic 160-pound title reign that includes a division record 20 successful title defenses. Hopkins uni¿ed all four title belts, the ¿rst to do so, by defeating WBC champion Keith Holmes (W 12), scoring a riveting 12th round TKO over WBA champ Felix Trinidad and stopping Oscar De La Hoya (TKO 9) for the WBO title. After a decade atop the n division, Hopkins lost the belts to Jermain Taylor in 2005 and soon moved up to light heavyweight to beat Antonio Tarver (W 12) in 2006. He won the WBC strap (W 12 Jean Pascal) in 2011, the IBF (W 12 Tavoris Cloud) in 2013 and the WBA (W 12 Beibut Shumenov) in 2014. Following losses to Sergey Kovalev and Joe Smith, Jr. he retired in 2016 with a record of 55-8-2, 2 NC, 32 KOs that includes wins over Roy Jones, Jr., Winky Wright, Glen Johnson, Simon Brown, Carl Daniels, Antwun Echols and Kelly Pavlik. Highly respected during his 28 year career for his mental and physical acumen and intensity, Hopkins was named 2001’s “Fighter of the Year” and is the oldest ¿ghter to ever win a world title (48 years) and the oldest to unify belts (49 years). Hopkins, who was renowned for his aggressive, ns combination punching style combined with terri¿c defense, remains involved in boxing as a partner in Golden Boy Promotions.
CLASS ASS OF 2020
2020 Inductee - Modern
Juan Manuel Marquez
Born Juan Manuel Márquez Méndez on August 23, 1973 in Mexico City, Mexico. Marquez turned pro in 1993 and captured the NABO, NABF and USBA featherweight titles before stopping Manuel Medina (TKO 7) for the vacant IBF featherweight title and Derrick Gainer (TW 7) for the WBA featherweight “super” belt in 2003. Before being stripped of both belts in 2005, he drew with Manny Pacquiao and scored 12-round wins over Orlando Salido and Victor Polo in title defenses. Following a controversial loss to Chris John (L 12) for the WBA belt, he rebounded to win the interim WBO title in 2006. Marquez moved up in weight to win the WBC super featherweight strap with a win over Marco Antonio Barrera (W 12) in 2007. He lost his belt to Pacquiao in a rematch (L 12) the next year. A win over Joel Casamayor (TKO 11) preceded a 9th round TKO over Juan Diaz to win the WBO lightweight and WBA “super” world lightweight belts in 2009 to become a three-division champion. After defending against Diaz (W 12) and Michael Katsidis (TKO 9), he unsuccessfully challenged Pacquiao (L 12) in their third bout for the WBO 147-pound belt. He defeated Serhiy Fedchenko (W 12) for the WBO light welterweight title to become a four-division champion. In 2012, he knocked out Pacquiao in the 6th round of their fourth meeting. Following a loss to Timothy Bradley (L 12) and a win over Mike Alvarado (W 12), the gifted boxer / puncher retired in 2014 with a record of 56-7-1 (40 KOs).
CLASS OF 2020
2020 Inductee Modern
“Sugar” Shane Mosley
Born Shane Donte Mosley on September 7, 1971 in Lynwood, CA. Fighting out of Pomona, CA, Mosley amassed over 200 amateur wins before turning pro in 1993 and was the talk of the Southern California ¿ght scene as he marched toward title contention. In 1997, he defeated Philip Holiday (W 12) for the IBF lightweight championship and a dominant string of ncluding eight successful defenses followed, each coming by kayo, including wins over John John Molina (TKO 8), James Leija (TKO 9) and Golden Johnson (KO 7). In 2000, he defeated Oscar De La Hoya fore for the WBC welterweight title and defended three times before e junior losing the title to Vernon Forrest in 2002. He ventured to the middleweight division and became three-division champion by again nd titles. defeating De La Hoya, this time for the WBC/WBA 154-pound red a pair After losing back to back title ¿ghts to Winky Wright, he scored ting Luis of wins over Fernando Vargas (TKO 10, TKO 6) before beating 07. He Collazo (W 12) for the interim WBC welterweight title in 2007. stopped Ricardo Mayorga (KO 12) before stopping Antonio Margarito 9. Before (TKO 9) for the WBA “super” world welterweight title in 2009. nd lost hanging up the gloves in 2012, he drew with Sergio Mora and decisions to Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Manny Pacquiao and Canelo Alvarez. Mosley’s pro record is 49-10-1, 41 KOs. During hiss prime, hter and Mosley was widely considered the top pound-for-pound ¿ghter electri¿ed ¿ght fans with a dazzling combination of speed and power.
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2020 Inductee Modern
Born Christy Renea Salters on June 12, 1968 in Mullens, WV. A scholarship basketball player at Concord College in Athens, WV, she graduated with an honors degree in education and began boxing on a dare in 1986 while still in college, entering and winning a Tough Woman contest. While working as a substitute teacher, Martin turned pro in 1989 in Tennessee. In 1993, she became the ¿rst woman to sign a promotional contract with Don King and was soon electrifying crowds on his mega pay-per-view cards. Her thrilling six round decision win over Deirdre Gogarty at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on the Tyson vs. Bruno II undercard in 1996 earned her mainstream stardom. Her skill and all-action style made her the face of women’s boxing and landed her on the cover of the April 15, 1996 Sports Illustrated and appearances on countless television programs such as The Tonight Show. During her career, the 5’4 ½ ” Martin won the WBC super welterweight championship in 2009 and compiled a 49-7-3 (31 KOs) professional record that includes a draw with Laura Serrano and wins over Melinda Robinson, Belinda Laracuente, Andrea DeShong, Isra Girgrah, Kathy Collins, Mia St. John and Dakota Stone among others. Nicknamed “The Coal Miner’s Daughter” hter” after her father’s profession, she remains in the sport as CEO of Christy hristy Martin Promotions.
CLASS OF 2020
2020 Inductee Modern
Born Lucia Frederica Rijker on December 6, 1967 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. A championship martial artist, Rijker posted a 37-0 kickboxing record before moving to Los Angeles in 1994 to pursue a career in boxing and made her pro debut in 1996. In the following eight years she went undefeated, posting a 17-0 (14 KOs) record. She initially honed her craft at the Ten Goose Boxing Club in 1995 under the watchful eye of Joe Goo G Goossen. Soon after turning pro, she switched to trainer Freddie Roach and signed a promotional contract with B Arum’s Top Rank. With strong skills and ring savvy, Bob the 5’6 ½ ” Rijker captured the WIBF super lightweight t title in 1997 and the IBO super lightweight title in 1998. Th ¿rst licensed female boxer in her home country, she The scored wins over Chevelle Hallback, Andrea DeShong and Ja Jane Couch among others. In 2005, she portrayed “Billie Blu Bear” in the Academy Award winning motion picture The Blue Million Dollar Baby, starring alongside Hilary Swank, Morgan a Clint Eastwood. A proposed super-¿ght with Christy Freeman and Martin was scheduled s in 2005 but was cancelled due to an Achilles tendon injury injury. Rijker, who also trained with Emanuel Steward at the Gym last fought in 2004 but has remained in the sport as a Kronk Gym, trainer, guiding Diana Prazak to a WBC world title.
CLASS OF 2020
2020 Inductee Trailblazer
Born December 3, 1929 in Hessle, Yorkshire, England, she became interested in boxing as a teen after reading about Polly Burns, who boxed in the early 1900s. At 18, she began training in London’s Wayfair Gym. The 4’11”, 98 pound Buttrick boxed exhibitions at fairs in England and ssional France as part of a traveling boxing troupe as women’s professional n 1952 boxing was banned by the BBBC. She ventured to the U.S. in ght with her husband / trainer Len Smith recognized as the Àyweight champion of the world. She boxed throughout North America and only lost one contest, to JoAnn Hagen, who outweighed her by 30 pounds. Buttrick won the bantamweight championship of the world with a unanimous decision over Phyllis Kugler in 1957. For many years, she trained at Miami’s 5th Street Gym d and ultimately relocated to Florida. Buttrick retired in 1961 and ons during her ground breaking career boxed over 1,000 exhibitions against both men and women and posted a pro record of 30er 1-1. She remained in boxing as a licensed manager and trainer and, in 1993, she started the Women’s International Boxing Federation (WIBF).
CLASS OF 2020
In loving memory of my husband
Carmen Basilio 1927 - 2012
From the Josie Basilio Family
2020 Inductee Old-Timer
Born Erwin Erne on January 8, 1875 in Zurich, Switzerland. At seven, Erne settled in Buႇalo with his family and took up boxing while in school. After ¿nding success in the amateurs, he turned pro in 1892 and quickly climbed the featherweight ranks, defeating Jack Skelly twice and drawing with George Dixon and Young Griႇo. Various sources credit his 1896 win over featherweight champion h Dixon (W 20) as a title ¿ght. He moved up to lightweight and drew with champion George “Kid” Lavigne in 1898. A win over George “Elbows” he McFadden (W 25) set up a rematch with Lavigne and Erne captured the k” lightweight title via 20-round decision and defended against “New York” ully Jack O’Brien (D 25) and Joe Gans (TKO 12). In 1901, he unsuccessfully challenged Rube Ferns for the world welterweight title (KO by 9). He returned to lightweight to defend against Gans and lost the title via ¿rst round KO.. Inactive ale. Erne from 1904-07, while away from the ring he was boxing instructor at Yale. mptly returned to the ring for a bout in 1908 (W 10 Curley Watson) and promptly tember retired with a pro record of 30-6-11 (15 KOs, 1 NC). Erne died on September 17, 1954 at Beth David Hospital in New York City at age 79.
CLASS OF 2020
2020 Inductee Pioneer
Born Patrick Henry Ryan on March 15, 1853 in Thurles, Tipperary, Ireland. Ryan came to the United States with his family at age 8 and settled in Troy, NY. As a teen, he found work as a lock tender on the Erie Canal and Ryan took up boxing under Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute athletic director Jimmy Killoran. He boxed many contests, including an 1880 bout with Joe McAuliႇe, although there is no de¿nitive record of his early exploits. The 5’ 11” Ryan won the American heavyweight championship by stopping Joe Goss in 87 rounds on May 30, 1880 in what was technically his ¿rst professional bout. He lost the title to John L. Sullivan in nine rounds in 1882 in Mississippi City. The powerful Ryan, who suႇered from Bright’s Disease, died on December 14, 1900 in Green Island, NY.
CLASS OF 2020
The Majeski Family congratulates:
Lou DiBella Kathy Duva Tom Hauser and the cherished memory of Dan Goossen ...and ..and all the inductees of the International Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2020
and all the 2012 class of
Born Louis John DiBella on May 17, 1960 in Brooklyn, NY. DiBella was Vice President in Charge of Programming at HBO for 11 years (1989-2000) and during his tenure his vision saw the “Network of Champions” become the preeminent boxing network. He was the creative force responsible for the highly y successful and inÀuential Boxing After Dark k series which began with 1996’s Marco Antonio onio Barrera vs. Kennedy McKinney classic. He also created HBO’s afternoon boxing series KO Nation. In mid-2000, he left his position at HBO and established DiBella Entertainment where he created the e popular monthly televised series Broadway Boxing. Among the stars he promoted include Bernard Hopkins, Sergio Martinez, Jermain Taylor, Ike Quartey, Paulie Malignaggi, Yuri Foreman, Micky Ward, Dmitry Salita and many others. DiBella was one off the promoters who he Super Six World collaborated with SHOWTIME to facilitate the ment (2009-11). Boxing Classic super middleweight tournament In 2016, he promoted the ¿rst heavyweight title bout in Brooklyn in 115 years when WBC champion Deontay Wilder stopped Artur Szpilka at Barclays Center. Known for his passion for the sport and his boxers, DiBella continues as CEO of his er, Amanda company guiding such stars as Tevin Farmer, nd Richard Serrano, Heather Hardy, Regis Prograis and Commey.
CLASS OF 2020
2020 Inductee Non-Participant
Born Kathy Martone on June 29, 1953. Duva earned a BA in English from Montclair State University and began her career as a reporter and editor at the Wayne Today Newspapers and New York Daily News. She was introduced to the sweet science by her husband, promoter Dan Duva and began as Director of Public Relations for the family run Main Events promotional company in 1977. Within a few years she was handling publicity for an impressive array of champions and contenders and such mega ¿ghts as the Sugar champ Ray Leonard vs vs. Thomas Hearns 1981 title bout in Las Vegas. Following passing in 1996, Duva assumed the role of CEO of the New Dan’s pas Jersey based enterprise. Duva orchestrated the return of boxing to network television with The NBC Boxing Series (2003-04) n and Fight Night on NBC (2012) and partnered with ESPN to bring pay-per-view boxing to the network. Among the stars br she has promoted during her four decade career include Tomasz Adamek, Sergey Kovalev, Zab Judah, Fernando Vargas, Rocky Juarez, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holy¿eld, Pernell Whitaker and Arturo “Thunder” Gatti. An honors graduate from Seton Hall Law School, Duva is one of the most respected promoters in boxing.
CLASS CLA OF 20 2020
2020 Inductee Non-Participant
Born Daniel Albert Goossen on October 3, 1949. Goossen formed the family run Ten Goose Boxing (named after Goossen and his nine siblings) in 1982 to train, manage and promote boxers and developed such champions as brothers Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas, Michael Nunn and Terry Norris. After dissolving Ten Goose in 1994, he was Vice President at Top Rank before forming America Presents in 1996. After ¿ve years, he started then Goossen Tutor Promotions (2002) Ten Goose Sports (2001), (2 Promotions. Armed with charisma and a and ultimately Goossen Goo he was involved with many high pro¿le larger than life personality, perso events and popular popula ¿ghters including James Toney, Andre Ward, David Tua, Glen Johnson, Orlin Norris, David Reid, Chris Arreola, A Wayne McCullough, Paul Williams, Floyd Joel Casamayor, Casama Mayweather, Jr. and Hall of Famers Mike Tyson and Maywe Bernard Hopkins. The gregarious Goossen was one Berna of the promoters who collaborated with SHOWTIME to facilitate the Super Six World Boxing Classic super middleweight tournament (2009-11) that s Ward won. He also presented many cards for Fox Sports Network’s Best Damn Fight Night Period and Sunday Night Fights series. Goossen P er died on September 29, 2014 following a battle d with liver cancer at age 64 .
CLASS OF 2020
2020 Inductee Observer
Born September 21, 1947. A native of New Orleans, LA, Fernandez was introduced to the sport by his prize¿ghter father, Bernard, Sr. and began his sports writing career as a copy a boy at the New Orleans Times Picayune, and later at the Miami Herald and Jackson Daily News in Mississippi. The ¿rst super ¿ght he covered was in his hometown when Muhammad Ali and Leon Spinks fought a Superdome in 1978. He relocated to Philadelphia and rematch at the Superdo began covering sports for the Daily News in 1984 and took over the until 2012. Among the historic bouts boxing beat in 1987 and remained r Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks, Buster he covered from ringside include in Douglas’ upset of Tyson, Tyso the Micky Ward vs. Arturo Gatti series and Julio Cesar Chavez’ 12th round stoppage of Meldrick Taylor. Ch Fernandez, who now writes for such outlets as The Ring and has won over 100 awards for writing The Sweet Science, S service, including the 1998 BWAA Nat Fleischer and public ser Award for excellence in boxing journalism and the 2015 Barney Nagler Nag Award for long and meritorious service to ve-term president of the BWAA, Fernandez has boxing. A ¿ve boxing ¿lms, Play It To The Bone, Rocky appeared in three th Balboa and Real Steel.
CLASS OF 2020
2020 Inductee Observer
Born February 27, 1946 in New York City. Hauser graduated from Columbia Law School in 1970 and was a law ¿rm associate from 1971-77. While matriculating at Columbia, he hosted a radio program called Personalities In Sports, where he interviewed sports stars including Muhammad Ali. He turned his attention to writing and, in 1986, authored author the acclaimed The Black Lights: Inside the Boxing, which is considered a modern World of Professional Profe classic about the business of the sweet science. Chosen to biographer in 1991, he published his seminal work be oႈcial biogr Muhammad Ali: A His Life and Times. Widely regarded as the biography of “The Greatest,” Hauser’s work was de¿nitive bio nominated for fo the National Book Award and was awarded Hill Sports Book of the Year for 1991. In addition the William Hil book output, presently at 52, Hauser’s articles to his proli¿c b have become must reads for boxing fans around the world. Hundreds of his articles, many of them investigative in Hundred have appeared in the New York Times, New York nature, hav Sun, The Ring and various websites including Seconds The Sweet Science and Boxing Scene. In 2004, Out, Th he was wa awarded the BWAA Nat Fleischer Award for excellence in boxing journalism.
CLASS OF 2020
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hat were the odds that a teenager from the unforgiving streets of Philadelphia would spend 56 months in prison, learn the value of discipline from a convicted murderer, and upon his release, complete nine years of parole requirements without incurring as much as a parking ticket?
What would a parlay have paid that the same young man would turn to boxing, lose his professional debut, and rebound to become one of the greatest ¿ghters in history? How long a shot would it have been that the same ¿ghter would set the mark for most title defenses at middleweight, and then break his own record by winning a world title at age 49? What were the chances that I could tell this ¿ghter’s story in only 400 words? That last bet is the only one that wouldn’t have paid o൵. Stereotypes be damned; the unlikely journey of International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Bernard Hopkins not only de¿es logic, but also serves as a con¿rmation of the human spirit.
Unless he really is an “Alien.” As a boxer, Hopkins’ accomplishments require a record book of his own. After failing in his ¿rst two tries at winning a world title, he was crowned IBF middleweight champion in 1995. The remainder of his career made him unique, even among the most accomplished legends of the ring. *Hopkins made 20 successful defenses, shattering the record at middleweight. *Hopkins became an undisputed champion, the ¿rst of the four-belt era. *Hopkins fought for 28 years and engaged in 33 world title ¿ghts. *In a uni¿cation match, Hopkins won the WBA light heavyweight title at age 49, breaking his own record as the oldest ¿ghter to win a world championship. *Hopkins built his legacy with one career-de¿ning ¿ght after another, defeating, among others, Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad, Antonio Tarver, Winky Wright, and Roy Jones Jr. And he did it all while maintaining optimum conditioning. Hopkins stared down every piece of cheesecake that ever confronted him. While Hopkins’ e൵orts to negotiate boxing’s uneven terrain were often quixotic, he managed to remain true to himself. He left an indelible mark as one of the greatest ¿ghters of his era … and one of a kind.
are is the Hall of Famer whose de¿ning moment came in neither a victory nor a defeat. But for Juan Manuel Marquez, it was a ¿ght in which there was no winner that stamped his greatness and set him on the path toward boxing immortality.
In retrospect, it’s chilling to look back and wonder what would have become of Marquez if he hadn’t gotten up from the third knockdown in the ¿rst round of his ¿rst ¿ght with Manny Pacquiao in 2004, or if Hall of Fame referee Joe Cortez hadn’t let him get up. “Dinamita” spent the next 11 rounds digging out of a hole and showing o൵ one of the most dynamic minds in the sport, ultimately earning a draw in a “Fight of the Year” contender. If you close that sliding door and mark the result as “Pacquiao KO 1,” there are no second, third, or fourth ¿ghts with Pacquiao, no one-punch knockout of the Filipino icon on Dec. 8, 2012 to rock the boxing world, maybe no lineal lightweight title reign for Marquez, probably no pay-perview paycheck to ¿ght Floyd Mayweather.
JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ
Marquez was in some ways a study in defying expectations. Early on he was thought of as a pure technician and a master counterpuncher, but he morphed into a blood-and-guts action ¿ghter when he needed to. It was assumed that the shadows of countrymen Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales would be inescapable for their contemporary from Iztacalco, Mexico City, but Marquez not only stepped out from those shadows, he defeated Barrera head to head and is now commonly considered the greatest Mexican boxer since Julio Cesar Chavez. In a remarkable 56-7-1 (40 KOs) career that saw him remain elite until age 40 and win belts in four divisions, Juan Manuel Marquez was never once knocked out. Not by Pacquiao, not by Mayweather, not by Barrera, Tim Bradley, Joel Casamayor, Chris John, Orlando Salido, or Juan Diaz. In fact, if you swapped out some judges here and there, you could easily turn three or four of those seven defeats into victories. But it’s not the numbers that de¿ne Marquez. It’s the images and memories. It’s the perfect counterpunches he landed, the sizzling exchanges he took part in, the knockdowns he dished out, and of course, the knockdowns he got up from. Above all, it’s the four ¿ghts against Pacquiao. It’s the contrast between the way Marquez began the series — barely escaping the ¿rst three minutes — and the way he ended it — with his hands raised, his face bloodied, and his opponent unconscious.
Boxing was in a good place during the mid-to-late 1990s when Mike Tyson and Oscar De La Hoya were the sport’s chief attractions, and yet, Shane Mosley’s emergence was still a welcome breath of fresh air. The Southern Californian would never command the crossover popularity of “Iron” Mike or his boyhood rival, but he took the boxing world by storm during his IBF lightweight title reign and his subsequent venture into the welterweight division, which saw him ascend to the top of the pound-for-pound rankings.
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Mosley was 100% boxing, which appealed to hardcore fans, longtime a¿cionados and even the newbies who were introduced to the a൵able boxerpuncher on HBO. There was no out-of-thering drama or controversy associated with Mosley, no aspirations of being a pop star, he was pure ¿stic ambition, and during his prime years he was a skilled force of nature – athletic and powerful but also quick, nimble and crafty. Larry Merchant, one of Mosley’s early supporters, set the bar very high for HBO’s viewers, comparing the “power-boxing” lightweight’s style to Sugar Ray Robinson’s prior to Mosley’s 1997 debut on the subscription cable network, and later likening his ring prowess to Robert Duran’s before Mosley grinded John John Molina to an eighth-round TKO in 1998. Mosley lived up to those lofty comparisons by stopping all eight of his lightweight title challengers, leapfrogging the 140-pound division to challenge De La Hoya for the WBC 147-pound title in 2000, and winning a split decision in a modern classic. Back-to-back losses to Vernon Forrest in 2002 and to Winky Wright in 2004 dropped him from the mythical ratings, but those setbacks, which sandwiched a 2003 rematch victory over De Le Hoya, established a Mosley trait that harkened to the sport’s Golden Age legends – he dared to be great and never avoided risky challenges. So, Mosley remained relevant during the late 2000s/early 2010s, because he fought the best. He didn’t always win. In fact, he lost six of his ¿nal 15 bouts. However, during that span from 2006 to 2015, Mosley faced Fernando Vargas (twice), Luis Collazo, Miguel Cotto, Ricardo Mayorga, Antonio Margarito, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Sergio Mora, Manny Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez, Pablo Cesar Cano, Anthony Mundine and a rematch with Mayorga in consecutive ¿ghts. It was never about the “W” for Mosley. It was never about the money or fame, either. It was always about the challenge, which is why Mosley is a most welcome addition to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
n the inaugural year of a given category, it is important that its ¿rst honoree not only epitomize the honor through deeds and accomplishments but also embody the spirit behind it. If ever there was a perfect match between honoree and category, it is Barbara Buttrick and the “Trailblazers” wing of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Born December 3, 1929 in Yorkshire, England, Buttrick was well equipped for the struggles that lay ahead. For one thing, she was undersized as she stood 4 feet 11 and scaled just 98 pounds. She also had the drive and determination to pursue what seemed to be an impossible dream given the obstacles. Shortly after playing a soccer match at age 13, Buttrick was inspired to switch to boxing after reading a pro¿le of early-1900s prize¿ghter Polly Burns in the Sunday Dispatch. But because the British Boxing Board of Control refused to license women, she found other ways to feed her passion. She moved to London and found a job (as a typist) at a gym, a trainer (future husband Len Smith) and a way to monetize her love of boxing. She boxed at fairs in England and France as part of a traveling boxing troupe, and her stamina was such that she reportedly fought two 15-round exhibitions in a single day, two of the more than 1,000 she reportedly fought, some of which were against men.
She and Smith traveled to the U.S. in 1952 and won recognition as the women’s world Àyweight champion, after which she became history’s ¿rst recognized women’s boxing champion in 1957 when she defeated Phyllis Kugler for the bantamweight title. She assembled an o൶cial record of 30-1-1, with the only defeat coming against JoAnn Hagen, who outweighed the Àu-stricken Buttrick by 33 pounds. Buttrick’s ¿nal ¿ght was in 1960. Following retirement, she raised two children, became a ringside photographer and founded the Women’s International Boxing Federation in 1993. Because she chose to buck the trends of her time, Buttrick will blaze yet another trail, one that stretches from England to Canastota. “I didn’t listen to people who said I shouldn’t (box),” she said in a January 2020 story by the Miami Herald. “I was just doing what I wanted to do. And I think everybody should do that. Everybody should have an opportunity to do what they want to do.” Spoken like a true Trailblazer.
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hen Christy Martin became a professional boxer in 1989, there was no Hall of Fame for women competing in the sweet science. There were no television dates, major world championships or mainstream coverage.
That was ¿ne with the native of Blue¿eld, West Virginia. “I simply wanted to be a ¿ghter,” Martin said. “I just wanted to ¿t in. I didn’t want everybody to say, ‘Oh wow, Christy is a good woman ¿ghter.’ I wanted them to say, ‘Christy is a good ¿ghter.’”
Mission accomplished. Over the course of a career that ran until 2012, Martin compiled a 49-7-3 record that included 31 knockouts and wins over the likes of Kathy Collins, Belinda Laracuente, Marcela Eliana Acuna and Isra Girgrah. More importantly, “The Coal Miner’s Daughter” put women’s boxing on the map, becoming the face of the sport after her 1996 win over Deirdre Gogarty on the Mike Tyson-Frank Bruno II undercard landed her on the cover of Sports Illustrated, the ¿rst and only female boxer to earn such recognition. In 2009, Martin got her world title, defeating Dakota Stone for the WBC super welterweight crown. And by then, Martin opponents such as Laila Ali and Holly Holm had become well-known to casual sports fans as well as boxing diehards. But what about her ultimate goal, the one that drove her to compete in the ¿rst place? Martin recalls her ¿rst visit to Canastota, where she got to meet and be around her ¿stic heroes. “It was amazing to be there with those guys and they just took me in like a daughter or granddaughter,” she said, laughing when she thinks about how intimidated she was by Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler. “If he walked into the room, I walked out of the room because I was so in awe of him.” Eventually, Martin couldn’t duck Hagler any longer, and the middleweight great made his way over to the pioneer of women’s boxing. “You got a really good left hook,” said Hagler. It was the ultimate compliment for Christy Martin, who survived a murder attempt in 2010 by her then-husband and has since gone on to become a public speaker intent on bringing awareness to the plague of domestic abuse. But then again, she always knew she was a ¿ghter, in and out of the ring.
Shelly Finkel Salutes: A Great Sport, Its Great Champions and the International Boxing Hall of Fame Here’s to the Inductees of 2020! Mඈൽൾඋඇ Bernard Hopkins Juan Manuel Marquez Shane Mosley Oඅൽ Tංආൾඋ Pංඈඇൾൾඋ Frank Erne Paddy Ryan Wඈආൾඇ’ඌ Mඈൽൾඋඇ Christy Martin Lucia Rijker Wඈආൾඇ’ඌ Tඋൺංඅൻඅൺඓൾඋ Barbara Buttrick Nඈඇ-Pൺඋඍංർංඉൺඇඍ Lou DiBella Kathy Duva Dan Goossen Oൻඌൾඋඏൾඋ Bernard Fernandez Thomas Hauser
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The de¿ning characteristic of a great nickname is that it accurately describes the ¿ghter it honors. For Lucia Rijker, “The Dutch Destroyer” perfectly embodied the menacing aura she exuded as well as the blend of technical pro¿ciency and blunt force trauma she executed inside the squared circle. The results of her work were self-evident -- 17 ¿ghts, 17 victories and 14 knockouts in a career that began in March 1996 and ended in May 2004.
Given her deep and varied athletic background, Rijker’s success in “The Sweet Science” was no surprise. She began studying judo at age six, won a national fencing championship at age 14 just one year after taking up the sport, and, at 15, knocked out the reigning American kickboxing champion. After assembling an undefeated kickboxing record that included four world titles, Rijker moved to Los Angeles in 1994 to pursue a boxing career. Rijker’s high-end technique and one-punch power moved the media to call her “the most dangerous woman in the world,” and her victims include Chevelle Hallback (KO 5), Andrea DeShong (KO 3), Marcela Acuna (KO 5), Mary Ann Almager (KO 1) and Jane Couch (W 8). Rijker captured the vacant IBO female super lightweight title with the win over the Acuna. Rijker’s performances were such that she became a natural rival to superstar Christy Martin, who was building her own Hall of Fame career thanks to her fusion of skill, courage and punching power. Following several failed attempts to pair the pair, Rijker’s star turn in “Million Dollar Baby” resulted in the match being made for July 2005 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. A ruptured Achilles su൵ered by Rijker -- and the extended time required for complete recovery -- forced the ¿ght to be cancelled, which made her 10-round decision win over Deborah Fettkether in Amsterdam on May 20, 2004 her last o൶cial boxing match. While boxing fans will never see Rijker and Martin share a boxing ring during their respective primes, they will see them share a stage to receive the ultimate honor -- enshrinement in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
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renaissance man in the sport of boxing - promoter, TV executive, ¿lm producer - Lou DiBella can ¿nally add another title to his resume - Hall of Famer.
After 30 years in the sport, DiBella will be enshrined in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
DiBella, a graduate of Harvard Law School, initially sought a career in baseball. In 1989, he was 29 and interviewed to become general counsel for the Yankees. He passed several rounds of interviews and was ready to interview with George Steinbrenner, but The Boss canceled, thinking DiBella was too young.
“His secretary heard my disappointment,” he recalled. “She says to me, ‘I don’t know if this helps, but the guy who is getting the job was interviewing for head counsel of HBO Sports.’ And the light bulb went o൵ in my head — boxing!” DiBella was hired at HBO in 1989 and his career took o൵. He helped form TVKO, HBO’s pay-per-view arm, which televised some of the biggest ¿ghts of the 1990s, including Evander Holy¿eld-George Foreman and Oscar De La Hoya-Felix Trinidad. Perhaps his greatest achievement at HBO was the creation of the Boxing After Dark series in 1996. Known simply as BAD, the series matched young, hungry ¿ghters who otherwise couldn’t get TV dates. The careers of Arturo Gatti, Johnny Tapia and Marco Antonio Barrera were launched on BAD. After an 11-year run at HBO, DiBella left the network and started his own promotional company, DiBella Entertainment. Among the champs he’s promoted include Bernard Hopkins, Sergio Martinez, Andre Berto, Paulie Malignaggi, Jermain Taylor and Deontay Wilder. The trilogy between Gatti and Micky Ward (2002-2003) is perhaps his greatest promotional achievement. “That ¿rst ¿ght,” he said, “I will always think it was the most dramatic and greatest ¿ght I ever attended personally.” While he never worked for the Yankees, DiBella did return to baseball. He has owned a pair of minor-league franchises, including the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the Double-A a൶liate of the San Francisco Giants. Among the players who came through DiBella’s team: World Series champions Madison Bumgarner and Brandon Belt. DiBella later was an associate producer for “The Fighter,” the story of Ward’s life that starred Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. The ¿lm earned two Academy Awards. DiBella also has produced four boxing documentaries. In the past decade, DiBella has focused on advancing women’s boxing and has promoted world champions Amanda Serrano, Heather Hardy and Lindenhurst’s Alicia Napoleon. Equality for women in the sport and better safety regulations for all ¿ghters are two of DiBella’s primary causes in boxing.
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athy Duva, the Main Events CEO, has been one of the world’s leading promoters of a generation. Over the last 40 years, she’s worked with the likes of Evander Holy¿eld, Pernell Whitaker, Meldrick Taylor, Mark Breland, Sergey Kovalev, Arturo Gatti and many more. She’s the widow of International Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Dan Duva (himself inducted in 2003) and daughterin-law of the family patriarch Lou, who was enshrined in 1998. She met Dan while he was at college and initially worked as a reporter and then a publicist before Dan introduced her to the family business. He had told her that one day he would have a promotional stable that would rival those of Don King and Bob Arum. And he was right. Kathy was hired as Director of Public Relations in 1977 and was soon around some of the biggest names in the sport. Main Events promoted the ¿rst ¿ght between Sugar Ray Leonard and Tommy Hearns in 1981, and she was intrinsically involved. She was around while Lou and Dan scooped up the cream of the 1984 Olympic crop, helping bring through Holy¿eld, Whitaker, Breland and others and it would be Holy¿eld’s breakthrough success as a heavyweight that saw Main Events really crack the big time. They’d go on to work with Lennox Lewis, Michael Moorer, Fernando Vargas, Zab Judah… the list goes on.
Away from the ring, after Dan passed away in 1996, Kathy became CEO of the New Jersey enterprise and took boxing back to network TV in a deal with NBC and she also went on to tie up deals with ESPN and HBO. She knows the business inside out and keeping it simple has allowed her to become a force in the sport. “We did a tremendous job of showing how good it could be if you make the matches exciting and compelling,” she said. “Tell great stories so that people will want to come back and see it again.” But she’s always been busy away from boxing. In 2001 she graduated from Seton Hall Law School with Honors. She’s also had a family name and legacy to protect, cherish and live up to. On top of that, she’s been a mum. She had three children with Dan; Nicole, Lisa and Bryan. Despite all of her successes, despite all of her achievements, it’s making those three proud that has been her biggest success story.
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ike any boxing promoter, Dan Goossen could drive a hard bargain, but with his larger-than-life personality he made the promotion of his events fun.
He spent decades in boxing, which became the family business with the founding in 1982 of Ten Goose Boxing, which was named as such because he was one of 10 siblings, including famed trainer Joe Goossen. Dan would go on to work for Top Rank as a vice president, helped found America Presents in 1996 and then ran his own promotional company, which held three names over the years: Ten Goose Sports, Goossen Tutor Promotions and Goossen Promotions.
Through it all, Goossen worked with numerous top ¿ghters and put on many big events, and although he died at age 64 after a short battle with liver cancer in September 2014, “The Goose” won’t be forgotten by those in the sport he gave so much to. Among the ¿rst champions he promoted were brothers Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas, boxers he developed on his cards at the Reseda Country Club in Reseda, California, before helping guide them both to world championships. There were also champions such as Michael Nunn and Terry Norris. Other prominent ¿ghters Goossen promoted at one time or another were Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather, James Toney, Andre Ward, David Reid, Chris Arreola, David Tua, Glen Johnson, Orlin Norris, Joel Casamayor, Wayne McCullough, Paul Williams and Bernard Hopkins. Goossen also had an eye for talent. After Ward won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, Goossen signed him and watched him blossom not only into a champion but into one of the sport’s pound-for-pound best. When most had given up on Toney, it was Goossen who was convinced he wasn’t done yet and rescued him from the scrap heap. He regularly called reporters along with Toney looking for coverage with dogged determination. And what happened? Goossen helped guide Toney to a cruiserweight world title and a run as a top heavyweight contender. Goossen, who was quick with a joke and never met a brightly colored suit he didn’t like, was one of the few promoters who maintained strong relationships with both HBO and Showtime, and he also worked on a series of ¿ghts with the old Fox Sports Net. He was one of the creators of the Super Six World Boxing Classic 2009 to 2011 tournament that Showtime televised and that Ward won. Outside of boxing, Goossen served as the longtime agent for good friend Pete Rose and bouncer-turned-actor Mr. T during the height of his career in the 1980s. Goossen is survived by wife Debbie, their two sons, Max and Rex, and two sons from a previous marriage, Craig and Chris. “He was one of the last great promoters where he had that knack to think out of the box,” said Tom Brown, Goossen’s brother-in-law, who worked side-by-side with him for many years as the matchmaker for his promotional company. “Dan tried to make everything fun and have a good time, but at the end of the day the ¿ghters mattered a lot to him. Everything he did to promote the ¿ghters went back to his mentality of doing the club shows at the country club where there was so much selling involved, and he took that to the next level.”
ernard Fernandez’s most prized possession is a framed ¿ght poster from 1944, which hangs on the wall of his home. The main event was Archie Moore vs. Jimmy Hayden, and printed beneath their names was a scheduled six-round welterweight bout between Jimmy Hatmaker and Jack Fernandez, Bernard’s father.
Moore knocked out Hayden in the ¿fth round, but the Fernandez-Hatmaker ¿ght ended in the ¿rst round when a bloody clash of heads resulted in a technical draw. Serving in the Navy during World War II took away Fernandez’s best ¿ghting years, but he never lost his love for the sport and passed that passion to his son at an early age.
“My father showed me a few basic boxing moves, including how to throw the left hook,” Bernard said. Fernandez always wanted to be a journalist, and worked as a copyboy at the Times Picayune his junior and senior years at De La Salle High School in New Orleans. After graduating from LSU he became the sports editor of the Houma (La.) Courier. Although Bernard is mainly associated with the Philadelphia Daily News, where he worked from April 1984 to 2012, prior to coming to Philadelphia he also worked for the Miami Herald, the Jackson (Miss.) Daily News and the Pittsburg Post-Gazette. It was while he was working for the Jackson Daily News that Fernandez covered his ¿rst boxing match, and it was a biggie— Muhammad Ali regaining the heavyweight title in his second bout with Leon Spinks at the Louisiana Superdome. When recruited by the Philadelphia Daily News in ’84, Bernard volunteered for the boxing beat and soon became one of the best and most proli¿c boxing writers in the country. He was a familiar ringside face at almost all the major ¿ghts during his tenure, producing outstanding copy on deadline. But it wasn’t just the huge events that he covered. Bernard was a regular at the Blue Horizon and other small-hall promotions. Fernandez served ¿ve terms as the president of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He was given the BWAA’s Nat Fleischer Award in 1998 for excellence in boxing journalism and the Barney Nagler Long and Meritorious Service Award in 2015. He also launched the BWAA’s writing competition, with the winners announced at the annual BWAA banquet. Originally called the Barneys, after the late boxing writer Nagler, they are now called the Bernie Awards, in honor of its founder. Bernard married Anne, his school sweetheart, in 1968. They have four children, Randall, Kevin, Melanie and Amy, and six grandchildren.
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or ¿ve years, Thomas Hauser wandered the halls of the prestigious Wall Street law ¿rm Cravath, Swaine & Moore, going through the daily mundane chores of a litigator. Though his body was there, his mind and imagination had a tendency to drift someplace else. So, Hauser took a chance. He was always fascinated with writing professionally. He saw it as an outlet to a൵ect change.
A year o൵ from law produced Hauser’s debut book, “The Execution of Charles Horman: An American Sacri¿ce,” which was optioned into a feature ¿lm called “Missing,” starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek. That was it for law.
In 1985, after writing “The Beethoven Conspiracy,” Hauser took another chance. He wanted to delve into the sports-world. He found you can’t walk into Yankee Stadium and talk to the Yankees, or into Madison Square Garden and talk to the Knicks. But you can walk into any gym and talk to a ¿ghter. That produced one of Hauser’s ¿rst boxing masterpieces, “The Black Lights: Inside the World of Professional Boxing.” From there, Hauser was hooked. He has gone on to write 29 books about the Sweet Science, eventually becoming the biographer of “The Greatest” himself, Muhammad Ali, and now, at 74, will be joining the 2020 Hall of Fame class as a ¿rst-ballot inductee. “With boxing, I maintained an interest, because usually I would ¿nish a book and then move on,” said Hauser, a Columbia Law School graduate. “In 1988, I was approached by Muhammad and Lonnie Ali who asked me if I wanted to be Muhammad’s biographer. I was represented by William Morris at the time, and they has just signed with William Morris, which was representing them in the book. William Morris came to me, because I had written ‘Black Lights,’ so I knew something about boxing. I had written ‘Missing,’ so I knew something about geopolitics. I had just worked on a book about Chernobyl (“Final Warning: The Legacy of Chernobyl”). They thought it was a good ¿t.” But Hauser did not truly immerse himself into boxing until around 2000, writing for the HBO website, and SecondsOut.com o൵ered Hauser a lucrative package that enabled him the platform to write extensively about boxing. The sport and its fans were the benefactors. “I remember my mother was concerned about me leaving the law profession to become a writer,” Hauser said. “My mother, Eleanor, who is 94, was the ¿rst one I called when I got the news about being inducted into the hall. Being inducted is very, very satisfying. I didn’t think I was going to get inducted anytime soon. We all appraise our own writing, and it was very moving to me that so many people put that checkmark next to my name.”
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FINAL BELL… Since last year’s Hall of Fame Weekend, four members of the IBHOF have passed away. They will be missed.
jose Napoles – 1990 Hall of Fame Inductee Born in Cuba in 1940, Napoles settled in Mexico early in his career and became a Mexican citizen. Nicknamed “Mantequilla” for his smooth boxing style, he reigned as welterweight champion of the world twice (1969-70, 1971-75) and registered 13 successful title defenses. Napoles compiled an impressive 82-7 (55 KOs) professional record that includes wins over Ernie Lopez, Hedgemon Lewis, Clyde Gray, Armando Muniz, Adolph Pruitt and Hall of Famers Eddie Perkins, Curtis Cokes, and Emile Griffith. He passed away on August 16, 2019 at the age of 79.
Curtis Cokes – 2003 Hall of Fame Inductee Born in Dallas, TX, the 5’8” Cokes began boxing at 17 at his local YMCA. He turned pro in 1958 and quickly entered the top-ten. In 1966, he defeated Manny Gonzalez (W 15) for the vacant WBA welterweight championship and next defeated Jean Josselin (W 15) for the WBC belt to unify titles and gain universal recognition as champion. Cokes successfully defended his belts four times before losing the titles to Jose Napoles in 1969. He continued boxing until retiring in 1972 with a 62-14-4 (30 KOs) record that includes wins over Luis Rodriguez, Charlie Shipes and Willie Ludick among others. He found success outside of the ring, training middleweight champion Quincy Taylor and heavyweight contender Kirk Johnson among others.He passed away on May 29, 2020 at age 82
Don Fraser – 2005 Hall of Fame Inductee Fraser was involved in nearly every aspect of boxing - promoter, matchmaker, manager, publicist, writer, executive and corner man. He was The Ring’s California correspondent and editor of Knockout (1950-55). Fraser worked as public relations director at the Hollywood Legion Stadium (1956-59), the Olympic Auditorium (1959-67) and the Forum (1967-81). He was also Director of Boxing at the Forum and promoted the 1973 rematch between Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton. Fraser was Executive Officer of the California Athletic Commission (1981-83). He returned to promoting at the Olympic from 1983-84 and then ran a string of successful shows at the Irvine Marriot Hotel until 1992. During his career, he promoted Sugar Ray Robinson, Ruben Olivares and Salvador Sanchez. He passed away on October 30, 2019 at age 92
Pernell Whitaker – 2007 Hall of Fame Inductee Fighting out of Norfolk, VA, Whitaker turned pro at Madison Square Garden after capturing gold at the 1984 Olympic Games. As a pro, “Sweet Pea,” who was known for his quick and evasive ring moves, won world championships in four weight divisions – lightweight (IBF / WBC / WBA), junior welterweight (IBF), welterweight (WBC) and junior middleweight (WBA). During his nearly seventeen year career, the longtime poundfor-pound star posted a 40-4-1 (17 KOs) record that includes wins over Roger Mayweather, Greg Haugen, Jose Luis Ramirez, Freddie Pendleton, Jorge Paez, Buddy McGirt, Julio Cesar Vasquez and Azumah Nelson. He passed away on July 14, 2019 at the age of 55.
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