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
Non-Nevada resident boxers
"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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