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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.


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