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The 2019 Boxing Hall of Fame class
By The Associated Press
CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) A look at the nine people to be inducted June 9, 2019 into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum:
MODERN CATEGORY (last bout no earlier than 1989):
DONALD CURRY: Born Sept. 7, 1961 in Fort Worth, Texas. ... Posted a 400-4 record as an amateur and defeated Davey Moore to secure a spot on the 1980 Olympic team, but did not compete due to the U.S. boycott. ... Dubbed the "Lone Star Cobra" for his lightning-quick reflexes and hand speed. ... Defeated his first 15 foes, including Marlon Starling, before capturing the vacant WBA welterweight belt from Jun-Suk Hwang in 1983. ... Defended title five times, including a rematch win over Starling in 15 rounds. ... Selected inaugural IBF champion in 1984. ... Unified 147-pound titles with second-round knockout over WBC champ Milton McCrory. ... In 1985 shared The Ring's "Fighter of the Year" honors with Marvelous Marvin Hagler. ... Was knocked out in an upset by Lloyd Honeyghan in 1986. ... After getting knocked out in the fifth round by Mike McCallum in a bid to win the WBA junior middleweight title, rebounded to win the WBC belt with a ninth-round knockout of Gianfranco Rosi in 1988. ... After losing the title the next year, also lost title bouts with Michael Nunn and Terry Norris before retiring. ... Came back in 1997 and went 1-1 before retiring for good with a pro record of 34-6 with 25 KOs.
JULIAN ALEXIS JACKSON: Born Sept. 12, 1960 in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. ... Nicknamed "The Hawk" and began boxing as an 11-year-old. ... Compiled a 15-2 amateur record that included a win over Livingstone Bramble. ... Renowned for powerful punching power in either hand, the 5-foot-11 Jackson turned pro in 1981 and scored 29 consecutive victories, 27 by knockout. ... Was knocked out in the second round by Mike McCallum for the WBA super welterweight title in 1986. ... Rebounded in 1987 to capture the vacant WBA 154-pound title by stopping In Chul Baek in three rounds. ... Reigned until 1990, including knockout wins over Buster Drayton and Terry Norris. ... Became a two-division champion in 1990 when he captured the vacant WBC middleweight title with a fourth-round knockout over Herol Graham. ... Registered four title defenses, including first-round knockouts over Dennis Milton and Ismael Negron and a 12-round victory over Thomas Tate before losing on a fifth-round knockout to Gerald McClellan in 1993. ... Regained WBC title in 1995 with a second-round knockout over Agostino Cardamone. ... Lost that title to Quincy Taylor before retiring in 1998 with a professional record of 55-6, with 49 KOs. ... In retirement became a minister and also trained his sons, John and Julius.
JAMES WALTER "BUDDY" MCGIRT: Born Jan. 17, 1964 in Brentwood, Long Island. .. Turned pro in 1982 as an 18-year old high school senior. ... In 1985 won WBC Continentals Americas light welterweight title from Sugar Boy Nando with a fifth-round knockout. ... Won the vacant IBF light welterweight title in 1988 with a 12th-round knockout over Frankie Warren. ... Posted a first-round knockout over Olympic gold medalist Howard Davis Jr. to defend the title. ... Lost the belt to Meldrick Taylor in a 12th-round knockout. ... Defeated Simon Brown for the WBC welterweight title in 1991. ... Defended the title four times, including 12-round wins over Patrizio Olivia and Genaro Leon, before losing it to Pernell Whitaker in 1993. ... Rebounded with victories over Nick Rupa, Livingstone Bramble, and Kevin Pompey before losing again to Whitaker in a 1994 rematch. ... Retired in 1997 with a record of 73-6-1 with 48 KOs. ... Became a respected boxing coach, earning 2002 trainer of the year honors from the BWAA. ... Trained five champions, including Hall of Famer Arturo "Thunder" Gatti.
OLD-TIMER CATEGORY (last bout no earlier than 1943; no later than 1988)
TONY DEMARCO: Born Leonardo Liotta on Jan. 14, 1932 in Boston ... Began boxing at 12 and turned pro in 1948, borrowing the name of a friend, Tony DeMarco, to circumvent the legal fighting age of 18. ... Defeated top lightweights and welterweights of the era, including Paddy DeMarco, Teddy Davis, Chris Christensen, Pat Manzi, and Jimmy Carter. ... In 1955 upset Johnny Saxton with a 14th-round knockout at Boston Garden to become welterweight king. ... Lost title when he was stopped in the 12th round by Carmen Basilio in Syracuse, New York. ... Rebounded with first-round KO over Chico Vejar to earn a rematch with Basilio in Boston. ... Again stopped in the 12th round by Basilio in a bout that earned "Fight of the Year" honors. ... Defeated Wallace "Bud" Smith, Vince Martinez, Kid Gavilan, Gaspar Ortega, and Don Jordan before retiring in 1962 with a record of 58-12-1 with 33 KOs.
NON-PARTICIPANT CATEGORY (those who have made contributions to the sport apart from roles as boxers or observers)
DON ELBAUM: Matchmaker /promoter. ... Grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania. ... After seeing Willie Pep box was inspired to try the sport and went 40-10 as an amateur. ... Started matchmaking at age 15 and three years later promoted his first bout. ... Also fought in 10 pro bouts, registering a 6-3-1 record, often stepping in for no-show fighters on cards he promoted. ... In more than six decades in boxing served as matchmaker for over 10,000 fights and promoted more than 1,000 cards, including 196 over a five-year period at The Tropicana in Atlantic City. ... Boxers he advised, matched or promoted included Hall of Famers Muhammad Ali, Sonny Liston, Floyd Patterson, Willie Pep, Aaron Pryor, Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Robinson. ... Known for his ingenuity, including such unique promotions as "The World's Worst Boxer" in which the loser had to retire; selling advertising on the soles of a boxers' shoes; and staging a boxer's wedding in the ring before a fight.
GUY JUTRAS: Referee/judge. ... Born March 22, 1931 in Montreal. ... Was the 1950 Maritime Provinces Golden Gloves and 1951 Royal Canadian Navy welterweight champion. ... Won all five of his professional bouts. ... Served as a judge from 1980-2011, referee from 1969-1997, television commentator and radio host from 1997-2009. ... Assistant matchmaker for Interbox Promotions from 1997-2002. ... Also worked in various capacities with the World Boxing Association, including chairman of judges and referees, championship committee member, chairman of officials, ringside supervisor, and executive committee member. ... Scored such bouts as Marvelous Marvin Hagler vs. Roberto Duran, Wilfredo Gomez vs. Rocky Lockridge, Barry McGuigan vs. Steve Cruz, Vinny Paz vs. Gilbert Dele, Pernell Whitaker vs. Julio Cesar Vasquez, and Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez. ... Referee for fights involving Wilfred Benitez, Vito Antuofermo, Trevor Berbick, Juan LaPorte, and Michael Spinks. ... Served as a judge or referee for over 75 world title bouts.
LEE SAMUELS: Publicist. ... Born Feb. 2, 1947 in Pennsville, New Jersey. ... Began career writing for local newspapers, including the Pennsville Progress, Pennsgrove Record and Camden Courier-Post. ... Hired as a sportswriter by the Philadelphia Bulletin in the mid-1970s and covered basketball, auto racing and boxing until the paper folded in 1982. ... Hired by Bob Arum to handle East Coast publicity for his ESPN boxing series. ... In 1987 handled publicity for Marvelous Marvin Hagler vs. Sugar Ray Leonard. ... Left Top Rank in 1993 to work for three years at the Las Vegas Hilton sports book. ... Returned to Top Rank to work De La Hoya vs. Chavez I and remains its publicist. ... Was awarded the 2006 Marvin Kohn Good Guy Award and the 2013 Barney Nagler Award for long and meritorious service by the BWAA.
OBSERVER CATEGORY (print and media journalists, broadcasters, publishers, writers, historians, photographers, artists and screenwriters).
TEDDY ATLAS: Broadcaster. ... Born July 29, 1956 on Staten Island, New York. ... At 18 relocated upstate to train under Cus D'Amato. ... Won 1976 Adirondack Golden Gloves lightweight title. ... Back problems forced him out of the ring and he apprenticed under D'Amato as assistant trainer, working with a young Mike Tyson, and also gained experience working with the 1980 Swedish Olympic team. ... Trained champions Wilfred Benitez, Shannon Briggs, Simon Brown, Joey Gamache, Donny Lalonde, Barry McGuigan, Tracy Patterson, Michael Moorer and Timothy Bradley. ... Switched to broadcasting and became one of boxing's most popular and respected commentators. ... Served as color commentator from 1998-2017 on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights," "Wednesday Night Fights," and Premier Boxing Champions telecasts. ... Also worked on ABC's "Wide World of Sports" boxing telecasts and NBC Sports boxing coverage of the Olympics from 2000-2016. ... Earned the 2001 Sam Taub Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism from the BWAA.
MARIO RIVERA MARTINO: Journalist. ... Born April 20, 1924 in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico. ... Moved to New York City in 1930. ... Served in the Army from 1942-44 and covered Joe Louis's tour of Army camps for The Ring. ... Returned to Puerto Rico in 1948 and continued writing for The Ring, penning his first ringside report in 1950. ... Remained at The Ring as the Puerto Rico correspondent for over 50 years and covered Jose Torres, Carlos Ortiz, Esteban DeJesus, Edwin Rosario, Wilfredo Gomez and Felix Trinidad. ... Also served as boxing columnist for The San Juan Star and director of public relations for the World Boxing Organization. ... Was appointed boxing commissioner of Puerto Rico in 1991 and president of the Puerto Rico Boxing Commission in 1992. ... Died Sept. 13, 2017 at age 93.
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Updated December 5, 2018