referring to (Photo: Richard Sheinwald/AP file)The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame announced its 14-person class of inductees Wednesday, headlined by Thomas Hearns, Leon Spinks and Michael Spinks.
The Spinks brothers, Michael and Leon, become the first set of brothers inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.
The members of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame’s fifth-induction class will be honored at a gala dinner at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Aug. 12.
Hearns was chosen in the non-Nevada resident boxer category, along with Michael Spinks, Morales, Michael Carbajal, women’s boxing star Lucia Rijker and Salvador Sanchez.
Also announced as inductees by Boxing Hall of Fame, Hall CEO/president Michelle Corrales-Lewis, were Michael Carbajal, Erik Morales and Salvador Sanchez, among the greats to be honored Aug. 12 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2017 announced
The Ring Magazine/Getty ImagesThe Spinks brothers become the first brothers elected to the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.
Former five-division world champion Thomas Hearns will headline the class of 14 honorees who will be inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame this summer.
The class was announced on Wednesday by NBHOF president and CEO Michelle Corrales-Lewis, the widow of former two-division world champion Diego “Chico” Corrales.
Elected in the Nevada resident boxer category was late former heavyweight titleholder Ken Norton and former bantamweight titleholder Richie Sandoval.
Chosen in the non-boxer category were late referee and judge Davey Pearl, public relations specialist Debbie Munch, late Las Vegas promoter Mel Greb, trainer/cut man Rafael Garcia and Dr. Elias Ghanem, the late Nevada State Athletic Commission chairman.
referring to Leon Spinks struggles to move around because of health problems, but that hasn’t stopped the former heavyweight champion from attending every Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame event.
Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran and Hearns battled throughout the 1980s, with many of those epic bouts in Las Vegas.
Spinks had to wait his turn, but his Hall of Fame announcement fell on the perfect date.
It was 39 years ago on Wednesday that a then-24-year-old Spinks shocked the boxing world when he defeated Muhammad Ali at the Las Vegas Hilton.
“It’s about time,” said Spinks, a longtime Las Vegas resident.
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