LAS VEGAS — Thursday night, the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame kicked off their first official fan event during the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Robert Guerrero fight week, and it was a major success, thanks in large part to the hard work of CEO Rich Marotta and his team.
The event took place at Diego’s Mexican restaurant inside the MGM Grand, which was across the way from the press room for Mayweather-Guerrero. Christened, “A Night with Boxing Legends,” in attendance were many prominent names from the sport’s past and present.
A number of those who were part of the inaugural induction class showed their support, including Oscar De La Hoya, Mike McCallum, Freddie Roach, as well as Michelle Corrales, the wife of the late Diego Corrales, and Hall of Fame trainer Eddie Futch’s wife Eva. Also in attendance was referee Joe Cortez, who was honored alongside them, as well as former Nevada athletic commissioner Marc Ratner and commentator Al Bernstein.
Showing their support were a number of people from the boxing community. That list included fighters Raul Marquez, Ana Julaton, and Wayne McCullough. A number of commentators also participated, including Steve Farhood, Barry Tompkins, and Colonel Bob Sheridan. The referees who showed up in support of the event were Kenny Bayless, Tony Weeks, and Russell Mora.
Jagermeister sponsored the event and presented Marotta with a check for $50,000, which will help get the non-profit off the ground.
One funny moment came after De La Hoya had talked about how his newest superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez gets all the daughters and their mothers to hit on De La Hoya. When Tompkins said a few words, he mentioned how he gets all the grandmothers, which had the crowd laughing.
When McCallum spoke, they showed footage of his knockout over Donald Curry. McCallum spoke about how he was in the running to fight Roberto Duran, but fellow Kronk fighter Tommy Hearns got the fight instead.
A number of those in attendance stuck around and signed autographs for fans, including De La Hoya, McCallum, and Roach, and the fans in attendance seemed very happy with the way the event progressed. A raffle concluded the event as a number of great items were given away. It was a very successful first event from the NVBHOF and surely a sign of things to come.