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2018 Inductees
Angel Vasquez
22-2 (16) KO's

Bill Gore

Brian Clark

Cocoa Kid
56-10-2 (48) KO's

Don Trella

John Harris

2017 Inductees
Clark Sammartino
In his heyday as a judge, Clark Sammartino would average 100 bouts a year, with 10 of those usually being of the world championship variety. The Providence native and graduate of Brown University spent a lot of his tine after retiring as an oral surgeon judging bouts involving the likes of legends such as Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Oscar De la Hoya, and Julio Cesar Chavez. Sammartino sadly passed recently and will be missed.

Dan Parker
Born in Waterbury, CT in 1893, Parker would first go on to become a sports writer for the Waterbury American. But he found his niche at the New York Daily Mirror, where he was known for his articles that exposed the corruption in boxing. He earned high praise for exposing the International Boxing Club as a crooked organization that was sullying the name of the sport with its corrupt promotions. The IBC was eventually disbanded in large part due to Parker's crusade. Parker died in 1967, but his brilliant writings and strong moral fiber was finally recognized by the International Boxing Hall of Fame, which inducted Parker in 1996. He is also in the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame.

Dick Flaherty
An accomplished referee and judge residing in Glastonbury, CT, Flaherty has worked many notable bouts involving the likes of Bernard Hopkins, Chad Dawson, Vernon Forest, Canelo Alverez, Marvin Hagler, Micky Ward and Sugar Ray Leonard. In 1967, Dick started refereeing amateurs for the AAU (now USA Boxing) and in 1968 was licensed as a professional referee. since then Dick has refereed many top fighters in New England and the world, as well as present contenders and former and present world champions. For the past 22 years, Dick has refereed and judged at the world championship level. He has worked bouts in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and numerous cities throughout the US. In 1998, he was appointed Chief of Officials at Mohegan Sun, a position he still holds today. One of Flaherty;s most memorable bouts was working as a judge for the legendary 1st fight between Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward, held at the Mohegan Sun Arena in May of 2002. The bout was voted Fight of the Year by Ring Magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Dick had Ward winning 94-93. Ward won a split decision.

Dr. Tony Alessi
A familiar figure at ringside for major fights at Mohegan sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino, Dr. Tony Alessi is a graduate of the University of Rome who moved to the Nutmeg State after completing his residency and neuro-muscular fellowship at the University of Michigan. A graduate of the Univ. of Rome in Italy, Alessi is a neurological consultant to the CT State Boxing Commission as well as the NFL Players Asso. and the NY Yankees Player development. Dr. Alessi became involved in boxing in 1997 when he began working with then Commissioner John Burns and Dr. Michael Schwartz. Dr. Alessi's efforts to make boxing safer lead to requiring annual neurologic examinations of boxers. He was also able to change the position of the largest organization of neurologists in the U.S., the American Academy of Neurology, from banning boxing to encouraging more neurologists to become advocates for boxers. A familiar figure ringside for big fights at Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casinos, Alessi is based out of Norwich, CT, where he is CEO for a medical management company.

Hugh Devlin Sr.

A longtime member of the boxing-rich community of Norwich, CT before he died in 1988, Hugh Devlin Sr had boxing in his blood from a young age. Devlin was just 18 when he made his professional debut as a fighter in Sept of 1927, when he knocked out Johnny Lorenzo in New Bedford, Mass. Devlin would fight in New Haven, West Haven, Waterbury and New London as he established himself as one of the top featherweights in Connecticut and New England. He finished with a modest record of 22-13, but it was his contribution to the boxing communities in Norwich and New London that made him an icon in Southeastern Connecticut. He would later open a restaurant in New London, where the menus were shaped like boxing gloves, offering more proof that the sport remained in Devlin's blood until he passed away at the age of 79.

Professor Charles Hadley
25-13-6 (14) KO's

Doing most of his fighting out of his adopted town of Bridgeport, CT, "Professor" Charles Hadley was the reigning World Colored Heavyweight Champion from 1881-1883. Hadley, who was born in Nashville, Tenn. in 1846, would fight professionally from 1869 to 1891. After is boxing career, Hadley moved to Minnesota to continue to work as a trainer and one of his charges was the World Colored Middleweight Champion, "Black Pearl" Martin. His final record was 25-13-6 with 14 knockouts. The exact date of his death is unknown, but believed to be in the early 1900's.

2016 Inductees
Bob Yalen
A great athlete while growing up in Newington, Bob Yalen would eventually make boxing his career pursuit. Yalen, who has an encyclopedic knowledge of the sport, was once the Director of Boxing for both ABC and ESPN. Yalen has had an association with the World Boxing Council for over 30 years. He is presently Technical Director for the WBC.

John Duke Lawson
There was a time in the late 1960's when boxing was banned in Connecticut. John "Duke" Lawson was a player in the sport's revival. When boxing returned to Connecticut in the early 70's, Lawson was selected by Willie Pep and Chico Vejar, two members of the CBHOF, to work sanctioned bouts. A Waterbury native who still lives in the Brass City, Lawson, 76, was involved in the fight game for 60 years. He was a judge for a World Title fight in Germany between Wladimer Klitschko and Fransesco Pianetta. He has been the third man in the ring for fights involving Roy Jones and Marvin Hagler, and has judged fights involving Joe Calzaghe, Chad Dawson, Antonio Tarver, and Zab Judah. Lawson's induction puts an exclamation point on his 60 years of service to the sport of boxing.

Kenny Reels
Perhaps either than Muhammad Ali, not many people associated with boxing are regarded as great humanitarians. But Ali is in good company in the person of Kenneth Reels. In 2009, Reels was appointed to the Mashuntucket Pequot Gaming & Athletic Commission, where he has overseen the regulation of Boxing and MMA. He is known for caring about the health and safety of fighters. He followed CBHOF Inductee Peter Timothy as its Commissioner. Reels is currently a member of the CBHOF Board of Directors. It's his many humanitarian pusuits, however, that make Reels stand out. He has received the Martin Luther King Jr Holiday Commission's Humanitarian Award for his commitment to human values, interests, and concerns. He has been named "Man of the Year" by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for being a role model. Reels is certainly a classy addition to the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame!

Orlando Montalvo
Orlando Montalvo and his wife Sandra came to Stamford in 1980 and got right down to the business of training amateurs. For their first 20 years, they taught in parks around the city and in their back yard, then spent 7 more years at Union Memorial Church. Montalvo was an amateur and professional boxer in Puerto Rico, where he and Sandra are from, and traveled around the world competing. In 1976, he ran with the Olympic Torch for the Pan Am games, and won the Bronze Medal in boxing for Puerto Rico. As an amateur, he competed in 125 fights, winning 110. Later, as a professional, he won 22 of 29 fights and became the No 10 contender among Jr. Middleweights. Montalvo was recently notified that he will be inducted into the Puerto Rico's Amateur Hall of Fame. Most would be thrilled yo be inducted into one hall of fame. With this induction, Montalvo will complete a rare daily double!

Ray Olivera

No one ever went to the concession stand during a Ray Olivera fight. He was known as "Sucra", but perhaps his middle name should have been "Action". There was never a dull moment in an Olivera fight. He set a record in a bout with Zack Padilla when Compubox recorded over 1,000 punches between the 2 boxers. That was one of many fights in Connecticut for the New Bedford, Mass native. Olivera had a 15-year professional career in the ring with notable victories over Vince Phillips, Vivian Harris, Tracy Spann, and twice over Charles Murray. The first win over Murray gave Ray the NABF Super Lightweight Title. The second win over Spann gave Olivera the IBF Intercontinental Super Lightweight Title. Olivera had never been stopped prior to his defeat to Ricky Hatton in a WBU Light Welterweight Title challenge in 2004. Olivera finbished his career with a 47-11-2 record, certainly worthy of induction into the CBHOF!

Sean Malone Jr

The expression "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree" certainly applies to Sean Malone Jr of Wallingford. Malone's late father is already in the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame, and now his son will join him. They become the third father-son duo in the CBHOF. The others are Lou Bogash/Lou Bogash Jr and Gaspar/Michael Ortega. Malone Jr was a gritty competitor who never took a round off. His most memorable performance came in October of 1993. He fought David Santos, who was 19-2 at the time, for the vacant NABF Super Lightweight Title. Santos got all he could handle for 11 rounds before emerging victorious. Malone's most notable win came when he defeated Greg Cadiz in 1992 for the Nevada State Light Welterweight Title. He also defeated Pat Ireland in 1993 for the New England Light Welterweight Title. Malone had a final record of 23-6 with 21 KO's. Malone is giving back to the game by training fighters, something his Dad did. He is following his Dad's footsteps again, this time into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame.

2015 Inductees
Arnie Bayer
Arnold "Arnie" Bayer was born in Hartford on Setember 29, 1937 to Jack and Tillie Bayer. From the time he was a small child, Arnie worked in the family business, Bayer's Milk. Riding the delivery trucks, he learned the name of every street in Hartford before reaching kindergarten. Arnie continued to work nights and weekends at the dairy well into adulthood. In his spare time, he loved going to the fights in New York City with his uncles. Arnie Bayer graduated from Bulkley High School and went on to the University of Connecticut where he met his future wife, Judith Nason, with whom he had two daughters, Teri and Melissa. After graduating from the UCONN Law School in 1961, Arnie established himself in private practice in Hartford and on a part-time basis, became one of the state's first public defenders. He went on to forge the partnership of Bayer, Odlum and Scheinblum with his dear friends Peter Odlum and Howard Scheinblum. The firm has evolved into Bayer, Odlum & Hyde. Through his work in the court system, Arnie became great friends with Julius "Johnny Duke" Gallucci, boxing manager and director of the Bellevue Square Boxing Club in the North end of Hartford. Duke reignited Arnie's love of boxing. The two formed a great team combining Duke's decades of experience in boxing with Arnie's organizational skills and financial support. Together the two trained professional boxers such as "Superb" Herb Darity and Hector "Cuchi" Ortiz. They also enjoyed spending time in and out of the gym with the young amateur fighters. The BSBC family traveled together throughout New England, New York and New Jersey. Tragically, on December 4, 1983, while taking a group of young fighters out for Sunday breakfast, as he did every week, Arnie Bayer was killed in a traffic accident.

Carey Mace
Pro 1945-1962
Pro Stats 72-18-12 (38) KO's

The 1940's and 50's are still considered by many to be the glory days of boxing, and Carey Mace was a prominent presence during that era. Mace fought in the late 1940's and 50's. He was a member of Willie Pep's stable, and Pep was part of the first CBHOF induction class in 2005. Mace at one time was the eighth ranked welterweight in the world. Mace finished his career with a 72-18-2 record. His last bout was in 1962, a loss to CBHOF member Gaspar Ortega. The fight was in Mexico. Mace's most notable win came in 1950 when he stopped former champion Joey Giardello. Mace was born in Hartford, where he fought several times early in his career. He was living in Manchester when he passed away at the age of 73 in 2003.

George Russo
Trainer from Hartford

There is perhaps no higher compliment that can be paid to the late George Russo than when he is referred to as the "Johnny Duke" of Southern Connecticut. Duke, part of the CBHOF Class of 2006, was a Hartford-based Trainer who was nationally known. Russo is a legend in Bridgeport, where he became well-known for running gyms like Red Man's Hall, The Acorn Club, and East Washington Avenue. Russo produced many fine amateurs, and in 1992, brought boxing back after a decade-long absence to the old Police Athletic League building in Bridgeport. Russo was considered one of the finest amateur trainers in New England. Russo was also a fighter from 1922-34. He had 85 pro bouts, winning roughly 60. He was born in Springfield, Mass, but moved to Bridgeport when he was 6. Springfield's loss turned out to be Bridgeport's gain.

Lou Dibella
Lou Dibella may be a boxing promoter based out of New York, but his affinity for Connecticut has become clear through the years. Not only did he bring a number of quality boxing cards to the Nutmeg State, Dibella brought the Connecticut Defenders, an AA minor league baseball team that played in Norwich. A former head of boxing programming for HBO Sports, Dibella created and orchestrated the highly successful series, "Boxing After Dark". Dibella is the founder and CEO od Dibella Entertainment based in New York. Among the fighters Dibella has been involved with include former WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez, former Middleweight Champions Jermain Taylor and Bernard Hopkins, former Jr. Welterweight contender Paulie Malignaggi, and former WBC Welterweight Champion Andre Berto.

Mort Sharnik
Back in the early 1960's when he was an esteemed boxing writer for Sports Illustrated, the late Mort Sharnik had an observation about heavyweight champion Sonny Liston that still reverberates through the boxing world today. "His hands look like cannonballs," Sharnik said. As if working for Sports Illustrated wasn't prestigious enough, Sharnik would wear many hats while connected to the sport. He was the director of boxing programming for CBS. He was an advisor and one of the few believers in George Foreman when the heavyweight champion from the 1970's reinvented himself in the 1990's. But some of Sharnik's best work came when he was an advisor to former world welterweight champion Marlon Starling. "Mort was like a big brother and a father to me," Starling recalled. "Mort was one of those guys you could depend on." Sharnik, a longtime Norwalk resident, would, no doubt, be thrilled to know he will be alongside Starling again in the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame.

Peter Timothy
Foxwoods Resort Casino helped keep boxing alive when it first opened in 1992, and Peter Timothy was a big reason why. Timothy was the Commissioner of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation from 1995 to 2009. The late John Burns, who was a founder and inductee of the CBHOF, mentored him. During his tenure at Foxwoods, Timothy regulated hundreds of fights and more than 90 title bouts. Two of the biggest fights at Foxwoods during his tenure was John Ruiz vs Evander Holyfield for the Heavyweight Title and James Toney vs Vasily Jurov for the Cruiserweight Championship. Other big names who ventured into Connecticut to fight at Foxwoods while Timothy was commissioner include Roy Jones Jr., Diego Corrales, Shane Mosley, Acelino Freitas, Dana Rosenblatt, Peter Manfredo and Lawrence Clay-Bey.

Shelley Finkel
The name Shelley Finkel was well known in Connecticut before he ever got involved in the sport of boxing. Back in the 1960's and 70's, it was common to hear on the radio commercials touting a concert that was a "Jim Koplik-Shelley Finkel Production." After his success in the music business, Finkel tried his hand at boxing promotion and managing. He found success there as well. He managed such prominent fighters as Mike Tyson, Manny Pacquiao, Evander Holyfield, Pernell Whitaker, Meldrick Taylor, Mike McCallum and Alex Ramos. Finkel received the Boxing Writer's Association of America Manager of the Year Award in 1990 and 1993. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2010. Finkel currently serves as the Chairman of Strategy & Development for SFX Entertainment.

2014 Inductees
Daryl Peoples
International Boxing Federation President
An ardent supporter of the CT Boxing Hall of Fame since it was established in 2005, Daryl Peoples is a respected boxing figure not only in North America, but several other continents. He has earned this respect in his capacity as President of the International Boxing Federation (IBF). Among the prestigious honors Peoples has received was the "Kilimanjaro Distinguished Award" for leading the IBF and the USBA to lofty heights. Onsemo Alfred MsBride Ngowi, the Pres. of IBF Africa, presented the award to Peoples. In 2013, Peoples received an award for his accomplishments at an All-Star Boxing Legends Gala in New Jersey. Peoples has been an IBF Official since 1995. In 2010, he became only the 4th IBF President and Chief Executive Officer, and is considered by many to be the finest to ever hold the position. Daryl and his beautiful family have never missed a dinner with us since the beginning. That's kinda special, isn't it?

John Quiet Man Ruiz
Pro Career 1992-2010
44-9-1 (30) KO's

The first time he fought in CT, John Ruiz gave a glimpse of the future. That was in his 3rd pro fight, and he knocked out Barry Kirton in the 2nd round at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in November of 1992. In his final bout at Foxwoods, Ruiz fought to a draw with Evander Holyfield in their third matchup. Earlier that year, Ruiz, who hails from Chelsea, Mass., became the 1st Latino Heavyweight Champion by winning a unanimous decision over Holyfield. Ruiz finished his career with a record of 44-9-1, which included 30 knockouts. In addition to Holyfield, Ruiz fought some tough customers in James Toney, Roy Jones Jr., Andrew Golota, Kirk Johnson, Hasim Rahman, Jameel McCline, Fres Oquendo, Nikolay Valuev, Tony Tucker and Jimmy Thunder. Ruiz is considered the second best heavyweight to ever come out of New England, only behind the legendary Rocky Marciano.

Mike Ortega
Professional Referee since 1995 >
A great Referee is one who will give fighters a little rope, but not let them hang themselves. New Haven's Michael Ortega showed in a bout at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in May of 2005 that he was destined for greatness. In a NABA Super Middleweight Title fight, Charles Brewer knocked down Antwun Echols three times in the second round. Ortega let the fight continue. Echols came back to score a 3rd round TKO in an action-packed fight that needed quality refereeing, and they GOT IT! Ortega has gone on to referee several world title bouts involving well-known fighters such as Zab Judah, Paulie Malignaggi, Chad Dawson, Glen Johnson, Joe Calzaghe, Jermain Taylor and Carl Froch, among others. Of course, boxing in his genes. His father, Gaspar (Indio) Ortega, was a top-shelf fighter who was inducted into the CBHOF in 2006. Gaspar and Michael Ortega are the second father-son combination to be inducted into the CBHOF.

Paul Cichon
This is hardly the first brush with fame for Paul Cichon. A native of Holyoke, Mass, now living in East Hartford, Cichon made such an impact as the Director of the Manchester Police Athletic League boxing program that he would eventually be inducted into the Manchester Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. Cichon was also inducted into the New England Golden Gloves Hall of Fame in 2000. He was honored by the CBHOF in 2009 with the Contribution to Boxing Award. Trainer of 16 National Champions, including Miguel Ayala, Matt Remillard, and Mykquan Williams, Cichon got hooked on the game while growing up in the projects in Holyoke. The Western Massachusetts Golden Gloves Championships were held there every year back then, and Cichon was at many in some capacity. Cichon is currently the Boxing Director of the Manchester Ring of Champions Society.

Peter Manfredo Jr.
Pro Career 2000 >
40-7-1 (21) KO's

He would become known as the "Pride of Providence", but Peter Manfredo Jr. quickly became a household name in Connecticut by having 7 of his first 13 professional bouts in the Nutmeg State, including 2 at the Mohegan Sun Casino. Manfredo won all of those bouts en route to beginning his career with a 21-0 record, which included a knockout of Frankie Randall, a former world champion who had beaten a legend in Julio Cesar Chavez. Manfredo also starred in the inaugural season of NBC's reality TV show "The Contender". The two-time world title challenger grew up in Providence, RI, but now resides in the Eastern CT Town of Dayville. Eleven of his 47 professional fights were held in Connecticut.

William Hutt
Pro Judge 1993-2001
Judged 66 pro bouts

The late William Hutt was so popular in boxing circles worldwide that his wife Linda once suggested that he hang a large placard in front of their Farmington home that read "Boxing Bed & Breakfast." That's because travelers from Australia to Atlantic City seemed to be guests at the Hutt home when traveling through Connecticut. Hutt was considered one of the sport's greatest ambassadors. In addition to being a first-rate boxing judge, Hutt was a historian of the game, and one of its humanitarians. Hutt didn't just care about fighters when they were in the ring. He was concerned about their welfare when out of it. Hutt's first world title fight outside of the country was in Bangkok, Thailand in 1995. Hutt also spent a lot of his free time helping to promote the sport he loved so dearly. He was active in the Connecticut amateur scene. He judged fights all over the world including bouts featuring Larry Holmes, Prince Naseem Hamed, Julio Cesar Chavez, Bernard Hopkins, and a pair of CBHOF past inductees, Micky Ward and Vinny Paz. The CBHOF's Officials' Award is named after Hutt, who died in 2001 at the age of 49.

2013 Inductees
Al Bernstein
Al Bernstein is perhaps the only CBHOF inductee who has been part of broadcast teams for fights involving other members of the CBHOF. Bernstein, who worked as a boxing analyst for Connecticut-based ESPN from 1980-2003, has always called them as he sees them. When CBHOF inductee Tyrone Booze took on Bert Cooper in an NABF cruiserweight championship bout in 1988, Bernstein scored the fight 8-3-1 for Booze. In what many viewed as one of the game’s great robberies, Cooper was awarded a split decision. In 1988, Bernstein captured the Sam Taub Award for excellence in boxing broadcasting journalism. In 2012, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Since 2003, Bernstein has served as an analyst for Showtime Championship Boxing.

Israel "Pito" Cardona

It was 20 years ago that Israel "Pito" Cardona made his pro debut as an 18-year-old. He gave a glimpse of things to come when he stopped Luis Guzman in the second round of a bout in Warwick, R.I. Cardona would go on to win his first 24 fights. One of those victories came against Jeff Mayweather of the famed Mayweather family. The win gave Cardona the International Boxing Organization super featherweight title. Another signature win for Cardona came when he demolished Ivan Robinson via a third round technical knockout in July of 2001. Robinson came into the bout with a 23-1 record and two wins over the late and highly regarded Arturo Gatti. Cardona would fight the unbeaten Paul Spadafora for the International Boxing Federation lightweight championship in August of 1999 in West Virginia. Spadafora was on top of his game and won a 12-round unanimous decision. Cardona was a guy who was known as someone who always came to fight. He took on some of the best in the business in Charles "The Natural" Murray, Joel Perez, and David Sample. Cardona last fought in 2009 and finished his career with a 36-10 record.

Joe Deguardia
Star Boxing may be based in New York, but promoter Joe DeGuardia has never been shy about bringing quality boxing cards to Connecticut. DeGuardia has brought several prominent title fights to the Connecticut casinos. One of his most heralded fighters is Delvin Rodriguez of Danbury, who recently took on one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world in Miguel Cotto. Rodriguez was stopped in the third round. World champions promoted by DeGuardia include Antonio Tarver and Lou Del Valle.

Johnny Callas
As a product of a nationally ranked Central Connecticut State University National Collegiate Boxing Association program under his mentor Billy Taylor, Johnny Callas, a Hartford native, captured a national championship, was a three-time All-American, and represented the U.S. in international competition. Callas founded and is executive director of the Charter Oak Boxing Academy, which in 1995 was dubbed by Ring Magazine as a “boxing club where life is the main event,” and in 2011 was named a “WBC Hero” by the World Boxing Council for his continued work with at risk youth. A professional referee for 20 years, Callas has officiated over 150 bouts, including 12 world title affairs highlighted by the 2011 Alfredo Angulo vs. James Kirkland Fight of the Year candidate.

Luigi Camputaro

Luigi Camputaro fought for eight world, European, or U.S. titles, winning only once, but the fact that he fought for eight prominent titles is a testament to his perseverance as a boxer. Born in Italy, Camputaro called Hartford his home for several years, and began his professional career by beating Felix Rodriguez in the old Agora Ballroom in West Hartford in June of 1984. His first title bout was five years later against Ray Medel for the United States Boxing Association flyweight crown. He lost a unanimous decision. His most famous title fight came against the late Johnny Tapia in 1990. Tapia won a unanimous decision for the USBA super flyweight title. Camputaro captured the European flyweight title with a win by unanimous decision over Salvatore Fanni in 1993.

Roland Roy
When it comes to amateur boxing in Connecticut, the first name that comes to mind is Roland Roy. The Glastonbury native was the president of USA Boxing in Connecticut for nearly 20 years. He remains the president of USA Boxing Region I, which includes all of New England and metro New York. Roy is also the coordinator for the Junior Olympics in the Northeast Region. Roy has worked with the US Olympic committee for the past 16 years to further Olympic style boxing. An original board member for the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame, Roy has been heavily involved in the yearly CBHOF selection of the Amateur Fighter of the Year. Roy’s efforts are among the reasons that amateur boxing is alive and well in Connecticut. Whether it’s an amateur card in Enfield or Norwalk, Roy will likely be there. He’s never been a stay-at-home type of president.

2012 Inductees
37-1-2, (23 KO's)

"Dangerous" Dana Rosenblatt may not have had all of his professional fights in Connecticut, but it sure seemed that way. Rosenblatt fought 12 times in Connecticut, winning all 12. The first title the Malden, Mass., native ever claimed was the USA New England middleweight crown in a 1993 bout at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard. Rosenblatt knocked out Sean Fitzgerald in the first round. One of the few prominent Jewish fighters during the 1990s, Rosenblatt would go on to bigger and better things. He would win the World Boxing Union middleweight championship in 1996, knocking out former U.S. Olympian Howard Davis Jr. in the second round. Rosenblatt was knocked out by his archrival Vinny Pazienza in a 1996 WBU super middleweight title bout. But Rosenblatt avenged the lone pro defeat of his career when he won a split decision over Pazienza to capture the International Boxing Organization super middleweight crown. Rosenblatt, 40, finished his career with a sparkling 37-1-2 record with 23 knockouts. He was just 30 when he retired in 2002. Rosenblatt now works as a consultant in the real estate business.


Roach is yet another to have a connection to Marlon Starling, part of the first CBHOF induction class in 2005. Roach was an assistant under the late Eddie Futch, who was training Starling. When Futch and Starling abruptly parted ways, Roach took over the training of Starling. Roach, 52, and Starling had known either since they were in the amateur ranks. Roach was in the corner when Starling made a successful world title defense against Yung-Kil Chung in September of 1989 in Hartford. Roach has been named Trainer of the Year five times by the Boxing Writers Association of America. The last award came in 2010. Roach, a native of Dedham, Mass., is the trainer for eight-time world champion Manny Pacquiao, considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world today. Roach has worked with fighters ranging from Oscar De La Hoya to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. In all, Roach has worked with 27 world champions. A decorated New England amateur, Roach compiled a record of 40-13 as a pro. He continues to be active despite having Parkinson's disease.

Defying the odds has been a trademark in the career of George Cruz. On Aug. 22, 1987, Cruz was in the corner as the trainer for Marlon Starling in World Boxing Association welterweight title fight against Mark Breland. Undefeated and touted by many as the next Sugar Ray Robinson, Breland was a 10-1 favorite that day. But Cruz and Starling devised a plan where Starling, instead of fighting in usual defensive manner, would wade through Breland's jab in an effort to wear the New Yorker down. Starling endured some punishment, but in Round 11, he mounted an assault that forced referee Tony Perez to stop the bout. Starling had pulled the upset, and Cruz was in his corner. It was the crowning achievement in Cruz's career. Now living in East Granby, Cruz has been a fixture on the Connecticut Boxing scene for nearly 40 years. He has managed and trained several top pros and amateurs while working as the boxing director at the San Juan Center in Hartford. Cruz overcame heart problems that left him incapacitated for several months in 2005, but at age 68, he remains active. In September, he was the matchmaker for the first amateur card in Enfield in nearly 70 years.

With apologies to the late Godfather of Soul James Brown, Jimmy Burchfield has become regarded as the "Hardest Working Promoter" in the boxing business. Burchfield has promoted shows throughout New England. He was the first promoter to bring a boxing card to the new Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Burchfield has promoted numerous shows at the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos in Connecticut. Burchfield had a very successful promotional relationship with former world champion Vinny Pazienza, a 2011 CBHOF inductee. Showing his eye for talent, Burchfield was the first promoter to sign Chad Dawson of New Haven to a deal. Dawson would go on to become the world light heavyweight champion and one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Burchfield is the operator of the very successful Classic Entertainment & Sports, which has promoted boxing cards all over the country. Burchfield currently has 35 boxers in his stable. The Providence native was the recipient of the CBHOF Contribution to Boxing award in 2008.

He was just 20 when he moved to Hartford in 1929, but even at that young an age, it didn't take long for Lou Viscusi to get a handle on the local boxing scene. Viscusi quickly hooked up with a pretty good looking prospect named Willie Pep. Viscusi became Pep's manager, and they went on to make history. Pep went on to become perhaps the greatest world featherweight champion in boxing history. Though he became known for working with Pep, Viscusi managed two other world champions. One was light heavyweight champion Bob Foster. Viscusi also managed lightweight champion Joe Brown as well as heavyweight contender Cleveland Williams. Equally skilled as a promoter, Viscusi was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Famed in 2004, and the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007. Viscusi died in 1997.

After a sterling amateur career, "Tremendous" Travis Simms turned pro at the relatively late age of 26. The Norwalk native quickly made up for lost time. He won his first 25 pro fights, capturing a world super middleweight title in 2003. Due to legal issues, Simms was stripped of his World Boxing Association title, but was reinstated as champion in 2006. In January of 2007, Simms made a successful title defense against Jose Antonio Rivera. Simms, 41, made a title defense in Bridgeport in July of 2007. He was upset by Joachim Alcine. For Simms, it would be his last pro fight. He continues to reside in Norwalk, where the street he grew up on is now named "Travis Simms Way."

2011 Inductees
Coached 1945 National Coast Guard Team, produced 3 National Champions, and 32 All-American Boxers

There was no higher tribute you could pay to Billy Taylor than to call him "Coach".
The Hartford native loved that reference, and well he should have, because he was one of the finest boxing coaches in Connecticut during the 1960's, the 70's, and even into the 80's.
The NCAA Coaches Association as well as the Connecticut Boxing Guild honored Taylor in 1990 for his 50-year contribution to boxing. He coached the 1945 Coast Guard National Championship Team, guided Central Connecticut for 8 seasons in the 1980's, and produced three national champions and 32 All-American boxers.
Taylor's legacy lives on today through amateur coaches like Johnny Callas, who learned about coaching first-hand from the man who was the master.

1970's - present
Cared for hundreds of boxers

If there's a big fight anywhere in Connecticut, you can bet Dr. Michael Schwartz is at ringside.

The Darien native became a ringside physician 20 years ago, and not only is he good at what he does, he legitimately cares about the health and welfare of each and all fighters. Schwartz is a human safety net. Everyone just feels a bit better when they see him take his seat at ringside.

In 1997, Schwartz was named Connecticut's Chief Ringside Physician and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for the Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun Casino, where many bouts are held annually.

In 2002, Schwartz received the Rocky Marciano Award as the "Ringside Physician of the Year". In 2010, the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame selected Scwartz for his Outstanding Contribution to Boxing Award.

The list of awards Schwartz has received in his decorated career is an endless one. It will no doubt continue to grow.

It should be comforting to all to know that the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame now has a Doctor in the house !

23-4-1 (7) - Boxed 200 rounds as a professional

THe shining moment in Eric Harding's career came on June 23, 2000 against Antonio Tarver. Living in East Hartford at the time, Harding was an underdong to the 16-0 Tarver. But the Philadelphia native pulled off a stunning upset with surprising ease, winning a unanimous decision. He knocked Tarver down in round 11.

That earned Harding a shot at Roy Jones Jr 3 months later. The bout was for the WBC, WBA, IBF, and IBO Light Heavyweight Titles. Harding gave a good account of himself before being forced to retire with a shoulder injury in the 10th round.

Harding, 38, would go on to capture the USBA & NABF Lt. Heavyweight Titles with wins over David Telesco and Daniel Judah respectively. Judah was unbeaten at the time with a 20-0-3 record.

George Khalid Jones was 16-0 when he lost a unanimous decision to Harding in 2001. Harding also owns a win over former world champion Montell Griffin.

Harding's final fight came against Chad Dawson in 2006. Harding put his NABF Title on the line. He knocked down the then unbeaten Dawson in the first round. Dawson, the 2-time CBHOF Boxer of the Year, came back to win a unanimous decision.

Professional Boxing Judge from 1994 - PRESENT and still judgIng top-level bouts !
Founding Father & 1st President of the CBHOF

Feldman was once a sports writer who covered boxing. He published a paper called Hartford Sports Extra for 7 years. Feldman became passionate about boxing to the point that he became a judge. Still, he wanted to do more.

It was Feldman who came up with the idea of the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame. He has been the only President of the CBHOF since it came about in 2004, with it's first induction ceremony in 2005. The creator is now a deserving inductee.

Feldman's career as a judge has taken him all over the world. He once judged 2 world title fights over 2 nights in 2 countries-England and the United States.

Feldman has judged 97 title fights and is a member of the WBA, WBO. IBF, and IBO. His travels have taken him to such countries as Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany,, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Panama, Scotland, and Thailand.

A financial advisor for Merrill Lynch in West Hartford, Feldman is married with two children, and they are no doubt proud of his achievments in the fight game.

As an amateur in 1979, Anderson would win the Light Heavyweight Championship at the National Sports Festival. He took part in a Nationally televised bout against Cuban legend Sixto Soria. Anderson lost that bout, but impressed many with his ability. So it came as no surprise that Anderson was selected for a USA Boxing Team that would compete in Poland in March of 1980. Anderson was on a flight that left New York headed for Warsaw. Just one-half mile from Warsaw's Okecie Airport, the plane crashed. A total of 77 people were killed, including 14 boxers and 8 others associated with USA Boxing. Anderson was one of those killed. It was a tragedy that touched a nation. Anderson would not be forgotten. A recreational center was named after him, the Kelvin Anderson Memorial Gym. Thirty-one years after the tragedy, The Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame has done their part to make sure Anderson will always be remembered.

21-3-1 (16) KO's

The 1996 U.S. Boxing Team was an impressive lot. Floyd Mayweather Jr., perhaps the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world today, was on that team. So were Antonio Tarver, Fernando Vargas, and David Reid. All went on to become world champions.

Who was Captain of that 1996 U.S. Olympic squad? It was Lawrence Clay-Bey, the Hartford native who now lives in Bloomfield. Clay-Bey didn't win a Gold Medal and he never won a world title, but he still had an impressive amateur and professional career.

Clay-Bey honed his skills under the late Johnny Duke, who was part of the first Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame induction class in 2005. Clay-Bey used his hand speed and punching power to become the top U.S. amateur heavyweight in 1996. Clay-Bey lost in the second round to current world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, by points, 10-8, in the 1996 Olympic Games.

The easygoing Clay-Bey at first had no desires on turning pro, but he was wooed by several promoters and finally had his first bout in 1997, knocking out Billy McDonald in the first round. Clay-Bey won his first 12 pro fights.

Injuries unfortunately limited Clay-Bey to just 25 pro fights, and he finished in 2005 with 21-3-1 including 16 knockouts. His son, Jarin, is an amateur with much promise and appears capable of following in his Dad's footsteps.

50-10-0 (30) KO's - Boxed 460 rounds

Perhaps the true measure of a champion is how many times he stepped into the ring against world championship-caliber opponents. During a career in which he became a five-time world champion, Vinny Paz ducked no one. The Providence native fought the likes of Roy Jones in his prime, Roberto Duran (twice), Hector Camacho, Roger Mayweather, Loreto Garza, Greg Haugen, Harry Arroyo, and Dana Rosenblatt (twice). Paz didn't always win, but he never disappointed.

Promoters loved his talent, grit, determination, and flamboyant style. Paz was something that most fighters today simply are not - a drawing card. Wherever Paz fought, the buildings were full. That includes the 15 times he boxed at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, where he won 12 of those bouts while compiling a 50-10 record that included 30 knockouts.

In 1987, Paz beat Greg Haugen to win his first world lightweight title. Ten years later, he was a world champion AGAIN, despite having broken his neck in a car crash several years earlier. Paz didn't settle to just live his life out after that. He would instead go on to capture the 1991 Ring Magazine Comeback of the Year Award.

Induction into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame is just the latest in a long list of honors for Paz. Most have little doubt that the list will include induction into the International & World Boxing Halls of Fame.

2010 Inductees
Steele was part of boxings overall renaissance in Connecticut, having established a relationship with the legendary Willie Pep, a member of that first Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame class of inductees in 2005. Pep, a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, is considered one of the greatest fighters of all time. Steele broadcast Pep bouts on the radio. Steele broadcast many fights on FM radio in the 1940s and was a ring announcer for several Connecticut boxing cards. Steele would become one of the most prominent broadcasters in radio history, while working for WTIC. He also did television sports broadcasts. He retired from his daily radio show in 1991. He died in 2002 at the age of 91.

Desi Clark spent most of his career as a boxing coach flying under the radar. The Hartford-based amateur trainer wasnt one to seek the spotlight. He preferred the fighters that he worked with get the glory, and often they did. Former world welterweight champion, Marlon Starling, Lawrence Clay-Bey, a heavyweight on the 1996 U.S. Olympic team, Jimmy Blythe, who was a two-time national champion, Herbie Cox, Herb Darity, Kelvin Anderson, and Donny Nelson all trained with Clark. It was typical for Clark to give fighters a solid foundation, then let them go on to other trainers or managers who could bring those fighters to the next step on the rung. Clark always did so willingly, recognizing that his best work could be accomplished at the grassroots level.

Buckley was one of boxings movers and shakers for more than 30 years, training some of the best amateur and professional fighters to come out of Hartford. Buckley was best known for training and managing Marlon Starling, who would go on to become a world welterweight champion. In addition to Starling, another Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame inductee trained by Buckley was heavyweight John Scully.Buckley trained several New England champions and many amateur champions out of the Charter Oak gym in Hartford.

Joe Tessitore has been the No. 1 blow-by-blow boxing broadcaster for ESPN for several years. Since 2004, Tessitore has been the voice for the top selling Fight Night video game series produced by EA Sports. Joe is part of Ring Magazines rankings panel as well as a voter for the Heisman Trophy. Through the years Tessitore has also worked play-by-play or host duties on The Contender, HBO pay-per-view, international pay-per-view and Showtime pay-per-view. Joe is on the board of Directors for the Connecticut Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and he founded the annual Sportscasters SuperBall for CF Research. A former sports broadcaster at Channel 3 in Hartford, Tessitore resides in Prospect.


Ward is the first inductee without significant Connecticut ties to get into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame. But on May 18, 2002 at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Ward took part in one of the most acclaimed bouts in boxing history against the late Arturo Gatti. Ward, who retired with a 38-13 record, fought a heart-pounding, 10-round affair with Gatti that was later called the 2002 Fight of the Year by Ring Magazine. Round 9 of that fight was called the Round of the Century by esteemed trainer Emanuel Steward. Ring Magazine would name that round, in which both men were nearly knocked out, the Round of the Year. Ward fought many top-shelf opponents, including Zab Judah, who once said that Ward hit as hard to the body as any fighter hes ever faced.

Malone has been a trainer, manager, judge, referee and promoter in Connecticut. He ran Malone's Gym in Wallingford and was heavily involved in the amateur boxing scene. Malone, 71, was born in County Claire, Ireland. After a brief stay in London, Malone came to the United States when he was 16. Settling in Wallingford in 1970, Malone helped start a Police Athletic League boxing program there. Several of his PAL boxers fared well in amateur competitions held throughout New England. His son, Sean Malone Jr, was a successful professional boxer and fought in CT out of the Wallingford, Bridgeport, and New Haven areas quite a bit.
* Sean Malone Sr. passed in the fall of 2012 after a prolonged illness. Rest in peace Sean, we'll always remember your smile and the special way you always treated everyone.


Known as "Schoolboy" because he was attending the University of Hartford during part of his professional career, Troy Wortham was part of the Hartford boxing renaissance in the 1980s. Wortham compiled a 29-2 professional record, recording 16 knockouts. In 1985, he won the welterweight division of the ESPN boxing tournament. Worthams only losses were to world champions Mark Breland and Julio Cesar Vasquez. The bout against Breland was a nationally televised event on ABC. Wortham went the distance against Breland, who would go on to be a world welterweight champion.

2009 Inductees
When inside a boxing ring, Dan Cosgrove usually showed his opponents who was boss. He won 31 of 34 fights between 1931 and 1934. Cosgrove was much the same after he retired. He became known as the Boss of Branford. Though he never ran for political office, Cosgrove became legendary for his behind the scenes work during 20 years as the head of the 12th District Democratic State Central Committee.


Delaney lived in Bridgeport during most of his career as a fighter. He went 77-12-2 with 44 knockouts and two no contests. Delaney had a win over Tommy Loughran in 1924 before getting a light heavyweight title shot against Paul Berlenbach. Delaney lost a 15-round decision. When he got a rematch 15 months later, Delaney knocked Berlenbach down once and won a unanimous decision to win the world light heavyweight title. Delaney gave up his light heavyweight crown in 1927 and moved up to heavyweight. If he had beaten Jimmy Maloney, Delaney would have had a shot against CBHOF inductee Gene Tunney. Delaney died in Bridgeport in 1948.


Boxing has been in Scullys blood for nearly his entire life. He was a highly successful amateur. He was a solid professional. Now a trainer, Scully has worked with world champions. Scully twice fought for the world light heavyweight title. The lifelong Windsor resident won a New England middleweight crown and also captured an Eastern Regional national amateur championship. Scully had a 38-11 record as a professional.


Julie Kogon was a busy fighter during his nine years as a pro. Kogon began boxing in 1941. By the time the New Haven product finished his career in 1950, Kogon had fought 137 times. His record was 81-38-17 with 36 knockouts. In 1947, Kogon captured the New England welterweight title when he won a decision over Pat Demers in front of his hometown fans in New Haven. One reason Kogon became immensely popular was because he fought in his hometown often. He once fought in New Haven seven consecutive times, losing only one of those bouts. Kogon was ranked the No. 10 lightweight in the world in 1944. Kogon faced CBHOF inductee Willie Pep in one bout and held his own, losing a decision to one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters of all time. Kogon went on to become an intramural boxing instructor at Yale. He died on December 20, 1986.


When Sal DiMartino stepped into a boxing ring for his first pro bout, he was still a teenager. DiMartino made his pro debut at the age of 19 in March of 1948. He knocked out Johnny Warren in the first round of a middleweight bout in Hartford. DiMartino went on to post a 38-11-7 record. It took him a little more than a year to chalk up an impressive victory. He won a decision over CBHOF inductee Vic Cardell in September of 1949. DiMartino also fought to a draw with boxing legend Joey Giardello in 1952. DiMartino defeated Mike Gillo to capture the Connecticut State middleweight title in August of 1952.

Born in Italy in 1922, Vito Tallarita moved to Enfield when he was seven. He quickly took a shine to boxing and was an amateur flyweight in the 1940s who twice had bouts against legendary featherweight world champion Willie Pep. Realizing his limitations as a fighter, Tallarita delved into the promotional and matchmaking elements of the sport and quickly earned a reputation as one of the best in the business. Tallarita was the matchmaker for Marlon Starlings first 20 pro bouts as well as all five of Leonards bouts in New England before he became a world champion. Tallarita had a relationship with several well-known figures in boxing, including Frazier, 1972 Olympic gold medallist Duane Bobick, and Ali's trainer, Angelo Dundee, who also trained Leonard. Tallarita passed away in 1984.

2008 Inductees
53-13-1 (32 KO's) - fought 392 rounds as a professional boxer

The late Bernie Reynolds spent most of his career fighting under the radar. He never won a world title or

80-1-3 (48 KO's) American Lt Heavyweight Champion, World Heavyweight Champion

Boxing is a sport often known more for its brutal savagery than being a thinking man's game, but Gene Tunney was one who began to change all that during his legendary boxing career that would land him in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Tunney was a man who dabbled in politics, loved to read, and had a thirst for knowledge. He became a fighter because he was good at it and he knew it. He fought smartly and always had a game plan. Though some felt he had a suspect chin, the truth of the matter is, he was never knocked out and only knocked down once in his career by Jack Dempsey. Tunney would once say I found no joy in knocking people unconscious. He had brilliant footwork, a cagey defense, and most of all, Tunney had a heart.

45-10-1 (23 KO�s)

Boardman was once the No. 2 lightweight in the world while compiling a 45-10-1 record. Boardman is known as the man who sent Hall of Famer Sandy Saddler into retirement. Boardman had a meteoric rise, but couldn't quite break through and get that world title. His career ended with a victory over Chuck Taylor in August of 1963. Boardman was only 27 when he hung up his gloves for good. Boardman, 72, was born in Marlborough and lived most of his life in Connecticut before retiring permanently to Florida.

Born in Bridgeport, Lou Bogash Jr. served in the Marine Corps where he earned a presidential citation,

Roland Pier had over 100 bouts as an amateur. Pier fought in the Golden Gloves in 1958 and 1959. He has trained and also taught fighters in some of this country's premier and historic gyms such as Stillman's, Gleason's and Clancy's. He has also trained and taught in countries such as England, Italy and Holland. The profile of boxing in southeastern Connecticut has been raised because of his love for the sport. Pier has long been one of the state's finest boxing ambassadors.

67-67-10 (43 KO's) Boxed 1171 rounds as a professional

Lowry twice fought Hall of Famer Rocky Marciano during his 12-year pro career, taking Marciano the distance in both bouts. Marciano later would acknowledge that Lowry was one of his most difficult opponents. Some locals that saw them fight said that Lowry should have gotten the nod in their first fight, but history told another story. Lowry also fought fellow inductee Bernie Reynolds three times while compiling a 67-67-10 record. Lowry won once, lost once and had a draw with Reynolds. Lowry would later become known for his extensive work with amateurs in Norwalk, where he resides. During World War II, Lowry was a member of the all-black 555th Parachute Battalion, which became known as the Triple Nickels.

2007 Inductees
Upon being discharged from the Army in 1940, Rossi formed a boxing club at the Naugatuck YMCA. He developed numerous top-flight amateurs and a few professionals. One pro was Irish Pat Mallane, who had a draw with world lightweight champion Paddy DeMarco. Rossi had 48 semipro bouts and one pro bout. He knew, however, his calling was as a trainer, and he began to concentrate in that area in the 1950s. The amateurs of note he developed included Sonny Asani and Tim Whalen. They formed the nucleus of a U.S. boxing team coached by Rossi and Tony Paoli of Waterbury.

87-14-4 (26 KOs)

Born in Hartford on December 11, 1925, Cesario finished his professional boxing career with a glittering 87-14-4 record. He was just 29 when he retired. Cesario was only 19 when he had his first pro bout and he showed right off the bat that he would a boxer to be reckoned with. He knocked out Oscar St. Pierre in the fifth round. Cesario would go on to rule the New England welterweight division

109-29-3 (67 KOs)

Brouillard, a Canadian, moved to Danielson during his career in the 1930s. Brouillard was just 8-0 when he got an unexpected world title shot against Young Jack Thompson on Oct. 23, 1931. Brouillard, who had beaten Thompson earlier in the year, won the rematch and captured the world welterweight title at Boston Garden. It was the first championship bout in Boston in 11 years. It was the first time since boxing was legalized in Massachusetts that a 15-round bout took place. Brouillard fought an incredible 141 times. He completed his career in 1940 with a fabulous record of 109-29-3. During his career, Brouillard also won a New England welterweight title.

34-34-14 (5 KOs)

Silverberg, whose roots were in Ansonia, won the vacant National Boxing Association world flyweight title in October of 1927 at the State Armory in Bridgeport. Silverberg won when his opponent, Ruby Bradley, was disqualified in Round 7. The victory proved that you didnt need to go to New York, Boston or Philadelphia to earn national recognition. Silverberg spent most of his career fighting in Connecticut venues in Hartford, Meriden, New Haven, Waterbury, Norwalk and Bridgeport. He won the Connecticut Flyweight Championship in Ansonia in 1925. Silverberg captured a unanimous decision over Frankie Reese to finish his career 34-34-14. He was stopped only once in his lengthy pro career.

22-12-2 (8 KOs)

Tyrone Booze was tough to discourage. He was a light heavyweight known to take on all comers. He had gone the distance with the likes of Evander Holyfield and Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, before capturing the World Boxing Organization cruiserweight title from Derek Angol.

65-27-7 (18 KOs)

A Hartford-born welterweight, the late Vic Cardell used superior boxing skills to ascend in the welterweight ranks. He fought 99 times, going 65-27-7 with 18 knockouts. In the 1950s, Cardell fought a whos who of boxing. Among his opponents were Ike Williams, Johnny Cesario, Chico Vejar, Carmen Basilio. George Dun and Kid Gavilan.

2006 Inductees
92-20-4 (43 KO's)

Born Francis Vejar, the middleweight from Stamford beat some well-known Connecticut names like Vic Cardell and Johnny Cesario before venturing out against tougher competition. During one two-year span, Vejar didnt duck anyone. He fought the likes of Kid Gavilan, Joey Giardello and Gene Fullmer. Once ranked the No. 7 middleweight in the world, Vejar finished his pro career with a record of 92-20-4 with 43 knockouts

131-39-6 (69 KO's)

Ortega fought some of the best Welterweights & Middleweights during the golden age of boxing, amassing 44 fights on national TV, including memorable wins over Kid Gavilan, Benny Kid Paret and Tony DeMarco. Always a popular figure in the ring and in his community, Ortega continues to contribute to the sport of boxing by training and encouraging aspiring Connecticut boxers.

Burns has been involved in boxing since 1955 when he was a Hartford police officer. Burns was a supervisor for the Hartford Police Athletic League boxing program. Director of consumer protection Mary Heslin appointed Burns as boxing inspector in 1972.

Burns later became the state director of boxing in 1987, a position he held until 2000. Burns was also an advisor to the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun boxing commissions.

100-16-13 (39 KO's)

Born in Foggia, Italy, Bogash came to the U.S. in 1907, and began fighting professionally at age 15. At age 17, he became the Nutmeg States youngest Lightweight Champion by defeating Battling Kunz and, at age 19, won the Welterweight Championship of Connecticut by defeating Dave Palitz. Lou gave Bridgeport its first world championship fight, boxing World Champion Jack Britton to a controversial Draw, however, Britton refused to engage Lou in a rematch. In 1923, he won the N.Y.S.B.C. Elimination Tournament for their version of the middleweight Championship, KOing Charles Nashert Fitzsimmons for the belt. Among world champion caliber fighters Bogash defeated were Mickey Walker, Tommy Loughran, Jock Malone, Mike McTigue, Mike ODowd, and Tiger Flowers, finishing his career with a 100-16-13 record with 39 knockouts.

Since 1929, Leibert has been a manager, promoter, trainer and a second in the corner. Among the fighters Leibert managed were Tyrone Booze and Eddie Olivera.

Leibert was a driving force behind boxing�s revival in Connecticut in 1973 after the sport had been banned in the state for eight years. Leibert was one of the founders of the Connecticut Boxing Guild, which was active from 1948-2004. Recently deceased, Manny was well known for his insight and humor, and is missed by all. RIP Manny

74-11-4 (44 KO's)

Mann had a world heavyweight title fight against Joe Louis in 1938 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Louis scored a third-round knockout, but Mann proved resilient. He continued fighting and won the New England heavyweight title in 1940. He held that title for nearly eight years, making several successful defenses. Mann finished with a career record of 74-11-4 with 44 knockouts.

2005 Inductees
February 18, 1908 - July 25, 1977
57-26-3, 1 NC (23 KO's)

Born Christopher Battaglia on February 18, 1908 in Hartford, CT, Battalino made his pro debut in 1927, and within two years he would reign as world champion. On July 26, 1929 he met bantamweight champion "Panama" Al Brown and scored a 10-round win that took him from relative obscurity to the world stage. Known as a courageous and rugged fighter, Battalino retired from the ring with a record of 57-26-3, with 1 no contest and 23 knockouts.

Johnny Duke is a well-known trainer of youths at the Bellevue Square Boys Club in Hartford for four decades. A member of the National Golden Gloves Hall of Fame, Duke trained national amateur heavyweight champ Jimmy Blythe in 1958 and 1959, as well as Marlon Starling for part of his amateur and professional career.

October 15, 1901 - October 26, 1970
108-17-13, 12 NDs (26 KO's)

Born in Kiev, Russia in 1901, then emigrating to Meriden,CT at the age of five, Louis "Kid" Kaplan became World Featherweight Champion on January 2, 1925 when he defeated Danny Kramer for the vacant title. He was undefeated in his next 16 fights, but relinquished his crown on July 6, 1926. The Meriden Buzzsaw's punishing style allowed him to compile an impressive record of 108-17-13,26 knockouts and 12 no-contests.

Born: August 29, 1959
45-6-1 (27 KO's)

Born in Hartford, CT, the "Magic Man" was famous for his welterweight boxing career, which was marked by early brilliance. He won his first 25 fights, with his first loss coming in 1982 at the hands of Donald Curry. Having held both the WBA title from 1987-1990, and the WBC in 1989, Marlon retired in 1990 with an impressive record of 45-6-1, including 27 knockouts.

September 6, 1904 - March 6, 1976
210-38-26, 23 NDs, 2 NCs (65 KO's)

Born in Leonard's Bridge, CT Rosenbloom was a clever boxer who was very difficult to hit cleanly with a power punch. At times, he appeared to strike his opponents with open gloves and, so, picked up the nickname "Slapsie Maxie." An extremely popular fighter, he took on the era's best competition: James Braddock, Mickey Walker and Harry Greb to name a few. Maxie fought an astonishing 299 fights before hanging up his gloves.

Born: September 19, 1922
230-11-1; 65 KOs

Credited with once winning a round without throwing a punch, Willie Pep is one of the sport's all-time greats. Nicknamed "Will o' the Wisp" for his elusiveness, Pep held the featherweight title for six years and outboxed all comers. Best remembered for his four-fight series against Sandy Saddler, Pep boasted an impressive career record of 230-11-1 with 65 knockouts.

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