Meet 50-year-old, 320-pound “Bronco” Billy Wright, father of nine, grandfather of 12, unrepentant lover of lemon pie and winner by knockout of his last 16 bouts.
Before he became heavyweight champion of the world Evander Holyfield had a much different dream, and now he’s watching it come true for his son, Elijah.
Jim Lampley’s turn at the podium, along with that of former lightweight champ Ray Mancini, was the highlight of the 26th annual International Boxing Hall of Fame induction weekend on Sunday in Canastota, New York. Riddick Bowe, Naseem Hamed, Yoko Gushiken, Nigel Collins, Steve Smoger and Rafael Mendoza joined Lampley and Mancini in the IBHOF’s Class of 2015.
Bernard Fernandez caught up with former cruiserweight champ Marvin Camel, former light heavyweight and heavyweight champ Michael Spinks and former middleweight champs Nino Benvenuti and Sergio Martinez during induction weekend at the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. Benvenuti and Martinez shared their thoughts on the potential Cotto-Canelo clash and whether the winner will face Gennady Golovkin.
Yoko Gushiken, a former junior flyweight titleholder from Japan, never believed he would enter the IBHOF but is thrilled he was wrong.
From THE RING Magazine’s series on the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015, boxing scribe Bernard Fernandez profiles Riddick Bowe, the two-time heavyweight world titleholder who might’ve gone even higher had he faced more of his contemporaries.
From his first refereeing assignment in his home state of New Jersey in 1979 to the present, Steve Smoger has worked fight cards in 36 countries and territories, as well as 26 states in the U.S. The fan-favorite referee, who will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame this weekend, is grateful for the world-travel experience as he closes in on 1,000 bouts worked.
For the better part of four decades, Ed Derian, who was 77 when he passed away on Sept. 26 at Kindred Hospital in Havertown, was the distinctive voice of Philadelphia boxing, the longest tenured and most cherished ring announcer to have graced local rings.
Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad and Joe Calzaghe all made a point to profusely thank their fathers for putting them on the path that led to their inductions to the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday and official certification as boxing legends.
Undefeated super middleweight star Joe Calzaghe and Richard Steele, third man in the ring for some of modern boxing’s most historic bouts, in this installment of RING correspondent Bernard Fernandez’s blog from Canastota.
Matthew Saad Muhammad, the former WBC light heavyweight champ who was 59 when he died Sunday morning of Lou Gehrig’s disease, always brought his “A” game. The “A” stood for action and Saad Muhammad was one of the most exciting fighters of all time.
Many boxing historians and those who were lucky enough to be fans during the 1970s when the heavyweight division was loaded with talent consider former contender Earnie Shavers to be the hardest all-time puncher among big men. Shavers and his old rival, Larry Holmes, agree with this designation.
Former two-time light heavyweight champ and cruiserweight titleholder Virgil Hill, a Class of 2013 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, was as awestruck by the great boxers assembled at this past weekend’s induction festivities in Canastota, N.Y., as the many fans who attended.
Showtime’s one-hour documentary 30 days in May gives a glimpse of Floyd Mayweather’s 87-day jail stay in the Clark County Detention Center last year in advance of his May 4 showdown with Robert Guerrero. The show airs tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Congratulations to Bernard Fernandez and Norm Frauenheim for placing in the Boxing Writers Assoc. of America’s 2012 “Bernie” awards with articles written for THE RING magazine. THE RING and RingTV.com also grabbed nine honorable mentions in the annual writing contest.