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.
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.
As legendary featherweight champion Naseem Hamed nears his induction in the International Boxing Hall of Fame, some will still say his career ended prematurely, but the swagger never left.
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.
Fans watched as Oscar De La Hoya’s fists were immortalized in plaster during the 2014 International Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. Photos by Alex Menendez/Hoganphotos-Golden Boy Promotions.
Oscar De La Hoya, who will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday, has renewed purpose and energy as he starts a new chapter in his life and career.
With the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s Induction Weekend upon us, THE RING pays tribute to Richard Steele. Fans will always debate the Chavez-Taylor stoppage but everyone can agree that the 2014 IBHOF inductee was a good referee.
The July 2014 issue of THE RING magazine features a cover story on 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Oscar De La Hoya, who candidly discusses his battles with substance abuse and his renewed commitment to the future of Golden Boy Promotions.