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Mort Sharnik
Back in the early 1960's when he was an esteemed boxing writer for Sports Illustrated, the late Mort Sharnik had an observation about heavyweight champion Sonny Liston that still reverberates through the boxing world today. "His hands look like cannonballs," Sharnik said. As if working for Sports Illustrated wasn't prestigious enough, Sharnik would wear many hats while connected to the sport. He was the director of boxing programming for CBS. He was an advisor and one of the few believers in George Foreman when the heavyweight champion from the 1970's reinvented himself in the 1990's. But some of Sharnik's best work came when he was an advisor to former world welterweight champion Marlon Starling. "Mort was like a big brother and a father to me," Starling recalled. "Mort was one of those guys you could depend on." Sharnik, a longtime Norwalk resident, would, no doubt, be thrilled to know he will be alongside Starling again in the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame.


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