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2016 Inductees
Bob Yalen
A great athlete while growing up in Newington, Bob Yalen would eventually make boxing his career pursuit. Yalen, who has an encyclopedic knowledge of the sport, was once the Director of Boxing for both ABC and ESPN. Yalen has had an association with the World Boxing Council for over 30 years. He is presently Technical Director for the WBC.

John Duke Lawson
There was a time in the late 1960's when boxing was banned in Connecticut. John "Duke" Lawson was a player in the sport's revival. When boxing returned to Connecticut in the early 70's, Lawson was selected by Willie Pep and Chico Vejar, two members of the CBHOF, to work sanctioned bouts. A Waterbury native who still lives in the Brass City, Lawson, 76, was involved in the fight game for 60 years. He was a judge for a World Title fight in Germany between Wladimer Klitschko and Fransesco Pianetta. He has been the third man in the ring for fights involving Roy Jones and Marvin Hagler, and has judged fights involving Joe Calzaghe, Chad Dawson, Antonio Tarver, and Zab Judah. Lawson's induction puts an exclamation point on his 60 years of service to the sport of boxing.

Kenny Reels
Perhaps either than Muhammad Ali, not many people associated with boxing are regarded as great humanitarians. But Ali is in good company in the person of Kenneth Reels. In 2009, Reels was appointed to the Mashuntucket Pequot Gaming & Athletic Commission, where he has overseen the regulation of Boxing and MMA. He is known for caring about the health and safety of fighters. He followed CBHOF Inductee Peter Timothy as its Commissioner. Reels is currently a member of the CBHOF Board of Directors. It's his many humanitarian pusuits, however, that make Reels stand out. He has received the Martin Luther King Jr Holiday Commission's Humanitarian Award for his commitment to human values, interests, and concerns. He has been named "Man of the Year" by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for being a role model. Reels is certainly a classy addition to the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame!

Orlando Montalvo
Orlando Montalvo and his wife Sandra came to Stamford in 1980 and got right down to the business of training amateurs. For their first 20 years, they taught in parks around the city and in their back yard, then spent 7 more years at Union Memorial Church. Montalvo was an amateur and professional boxer in Puerto Rico, where he and Sandra are from, and traveled around the world competing. In 1976, he ran with the Olympic Torch for the Pan Am games, and won the Bronze Medal in boxing for Puerto Rico. As an amateur, he competed in 125 fights, winning 110. Later, as a professional, he won 22 of 29 fights and became the No 10 contender among Jr. Middleweights. Montalvo was recently notified that he will be inducted into the Puerto Rico's Amateur Hall of Fame. Most would be thrilled yo be inducted into one hall of fame. With this induction, Montalvo will complete a rare daily double!

Ray Olivera

No one ever went to the concession stand during a Ray Olivera fight. He was known as "Sucra", but perhaps his middle name should have been "Action". There was never a dull moment in an Olivera fight. He set a record in a bout with Zack Padilla when Compubox recorded over 1,000 punches between the 2 boxers. That was one of many fights in Connecticut for the New Bedford, Mass native. Olivera had a 15-year professional career in the ring with notable victories over Vince Phillips, Vivian Harris, Tracy Spann, and twice over Charles Murray. The first win over Murray gave Ray the NABF Super Lightweight Title. The second win over Spann gave Olivera the IBF Intercontinental Super Lightweight Title. Olivera had never been stopped prior to his defeat to Ricky Hatton in a WBU Light Welterweight Title challenge in 2004. Olivera finbished his career with a 47-11-2 record, certainly worthy of induction into the CBHOF!

Sean Malone Jr

The expression "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree" certainly applies to Sean Malone Jr of Wallingford. Malone's late father is already in the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame, and now his son will join him. They become the third father-son duo in the CBHOF. The others are Lou Bogash/Lou Bogash Jr and Gaspar/Michael Ortega. Malone Jr was a gritty competitor who never took a round off. His most memorable performance came in October of 1993. He fought David Santos, who was 19-2 at the time, for the vacant NABF Super Lightweight Title. Santos got all he could handle for 11 rounds before emerging victorious. Malone's most notable win came when he defeated Greg Cadiz in 1992 for the Nevada State Light Welterweight Title. He also defeated Pat Ireland in 1993 for the New England Light Welterweight Title. Malone had a final record of 23-6 with 21 KO's. Malone is giving back to the game by training fighters, something his Dad did. He is following his Dad's footsteps again, this time into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame.


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