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Tyson, Sugar Ray head up Nevada boxing hall class

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Mike Tyson headed up a list of inductees in the inaugural class of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. (FOX5 FILE) Mike Tyson headed up a list of inductees in the inaugural class of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. (FOX5 FILE)

Former boxing champions Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya were named to the inaugural class of the sport's hall of fame for Nevada.

The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame announced Wednesday its list of resident and non-resident boxers, trainers, officials, announcers promoters, executives and special contributors in its first induction class.

A ceremony is slated for 2013. Exact scheduled plans for the induction event will be announced at a later date, the hall of fame organization said during a news conference in North Las Vegas.

The organization said it was formed as a non-profit charitable corporation aimed at promoting and honoring the sports history in Nevada.

As announced on Wednesday, the 2013 induction class is as follows:

Nevada resident boxers

  • Mike Tyson: youngest to win the heavyweight championship; also member of International Boxing Hall of Fame;
  • Mike McCallum: former welterweight, middleweight and light heavyweight world champion;
  • Diego Corrales: noted for knockout win over Jose Luis Castillo for lightweight championships.

Non-Nevada resident boxers

  • Julio Cesar Chavez: unbeaten in first 90 bouts; went on to go 107-6-2 in career;
  • Larry Holmes: noted for one of the great jabs in the sport; went 18-3 in Nevada bouts;
  • Oscar De La Hoya: noted for drawing large pay-per-view buys for headline bouts, including 2007 fight with Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
  • Sugar Ray Leonard: undefeated in 12 fights in Nevada; former Olympic gold medalist.


  • Eddie Futch;
  • Freddie Roach.


  • Mills Lane;
  • Joe Cortez.


  • Al Bernstein;
  • Royce Feour.


  • Bob Arum;
  • Don King.


  • Marc Ratner;
  • James Nave.

Special Contributors

  • Sig Rogich;
  • Kirk Kerkorian.

"I was astounded to learn that Nevada, with its rich boxing history, passionate fan base and the reputation as the Boxing Capital of the World, did not have its own Hall of Fame -- a place to honor those who helped build its rich history in the sport," Nevada Boxing Hall CEO Rich Marotta said. "So we set out last summer to establish the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame as a non-profit, charitable organization to give back to the sport and its fans. In addition to an annual gala Induction Ceremony and Dinner, the NVBHOF will conduct other fund-raising events throughout the year to stay active within the state."

For more information on the new hall of fame, you can visit www.nvbhof.com.

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