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Steele was part of boxing’s 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 wasn’t 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 boxing’s 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 Magazine’s 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 he’s 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. Wortham’s 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.


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