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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.


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