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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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