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Marotta establishes inaugural Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame
RINGTV.com boxing expert Rich Marotta has established the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.
Longtime boxing commentator and historian, Rich Marotta, has informed RingTV.com that he will will announce the establishment of an inaugural Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
"After I did the research, I was astounded to find out that there was not a Nevada State Boxing Hall of Fame, so I set about this year to establishing one. So I've been working on that for the past few months. It's been quite involved with forming a corporation, and forming a board of directors, and then getting IRS approval and all of that," said Marotta, of KFI Radio, Los Angeles.
"So finally, I've gone through all of that preliminary stuff, and I've gotten full, IRS approval, etc. I'm ready to announce the establishment of the Nevada Hall of Fame..."We have no physical actual museum at this point. This is just a creation, and this it the beginning of it. Hopefully it will lead to that in the near future. But right now, it's a virtual honor roll. But we will be displaying the plaques or whatever somewhere in Las Vegas so that people will always see those."
After being inducted into the California Hall of Fame, Marotta said he turned his sights toward Nevada.
"That's when I started thinking about this one. There are state Hall of Fames in a lot of the different states, the most recent being New York. So Maryland also has one. Florida has one and Connecticut, as do Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Minnesota. New York started this year, and they've had a successful push off and first event," said Marotta.
"So I wanted to do that for boxing here in Nevada. Nevada obviously has an extremely rich boxing history and tradition. Nevada has a great boxing community here, with a lot of people both active in boxing in the community along with a great fan base, of course, so I wanted to try to establish a Hall of Fame to bring all of that together here, and I'm ready to announce it."
In terms of the Boxing Hall of Fame, said Marotta, "we will choose from several different categories, including boxers and non-boxers, such as trainers, managers, officials and media and special contributors, because there have been a lot in Nevada."
The annual NVBHOF Hall of Fame dinner ceremonies will announce winners of Nevada-centric awards, including the states Fight of the Year, Fighter of the Year, Female Fighter of the Year, Prospect of the Year and Amateur Boxer of the Year.
NVBHOF's officers are comprised of Marotta, secretary James Wimberly, treasurer Saville Kellner.
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