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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.


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