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2007 Inductees
JOE ROSSI
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.

JOHNNY CESARIO
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

LOU BROUILLARD
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.

PINKY SILVERBERG
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.

TYRONE BOOZE
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.

VIC CARDELL
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.


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