Las Vegas, NV – The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame on Tuesday announced its latest star-studded class of inductees at a packed press conference at the Red Rock Resort Casino and Spa. CEO and President Michelle Corrales-Lewis, and Hall founder Rich Marotta once again demonstrated their knack for being gifted visionaries in putting together a wonderfully well-planned and executed event. It could be a little harder to plan such events for the future considering the issues raised if you were to read more here, for example. A lot of changes are going to have to be made when it comes to events such as these and casino venues. A feat made all the more impressive considering the fact that Tuesday’s event took place during an exciting period of transition, as the duo indicated that the lovely Red Rock Resort in picturesque downtown Summerlin is being given serious consideration as a potential permanent home for Nevada’s only Boxing Hall of Fame. An event such as this is filled with a lot of fun and good times, it would be no wonder that some who attended would have checked out a 918 download to play casino games before having a go at the in-person games.
A trio that many would consider to be true boxing savants in the always outspoken and entertaining Floyd Mayweather, Sr, former long-time middleweight champ Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, and four-Division titlist Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez are the headliners of the the positively star-studded 7th Annual Induction Class, which is also lined with such luminaries as former Undisputed heavyweight champ Hasim “The Rock” Rahman, 154-lb. titlists Ronald “Winky” Wright and “Terrible” Terry Norris, and Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor. Promoter Dan Goosen and Schoolboy Bobby Chacon (posthumously) as well as longtime ringside physician Dr. Flip Homansky were also tabbed to be honored with enshrinement at the 7th Annual Induction weekend, scheduled to take place on August 9th and 10th, 2019. In a first, this year’s announcement, and induction weekend will both take place at the beautiful Red Rock Resort Casino and Spa in the suddenly bustling, and absolutely beautiful downtown Summerlin which is also the site of the newly constructed home of the Las Vegas 51s baseball stadium, and is also the site of the defending Western Conference Champion Vegas Golden Knights’ practice facilities.
In an added treat, the assembled masses were able to hear a number of their favorite fighters, both past and present introduced by 2014 NVBHOF Inductee “Colonel” Bob Sheridan, who had this to say when announcing Hopkins’ induction into Nevada’s most prestigious Hall of Enshrinement for fighters:
“He really changed his whole life around, and for that I have admired Bernard from the first day I met him to the very day we’re speaking now.” Of course, a 23 year-old Hopkins famously embarked on one of the most storied and unlikely careers of the past 100 years after being released after serving a nearly five years at Graterford State Penitentiary outside Philadelphia on a string of strong-arm robbery convictions.
A small sampling of some of the impressive scalps on Hopkins’ 20-plus year career resume include Roy Jones Jr, Tito Trinidad, Oscar de la Hoya, Antonio Tarver, Winky Wright, Jean Pascal and Kelly Pavlik.
Mayweather Sr. is of course most famous for having helped mold the vaunted, and near impenetrable shoulder roll defense employed by his son, Floyd Jr. the self-proclaimed “Best Ever,” now retired after amassing an undefeated 50-0 career record. Outside of the unmatched success experienced while training his son (who was also coached by Senior’s younger brother Roger for a good portion of his undefeated career) Mayweather also trained Oscar de la Hoya, Chad Dawson, Stevie Forbes, and most recently, Andrew Tabiti at the world championship level.
Corrales-Lewis stated that the Hall’s primary objective and focus remains the formation and construction of a proper museum space dedicated to effectively honoring the Sweet Science in the Fight Capital of the World; as well as continuing to lead the way in developing programs to help at-risk youth in our communities, and even helping others with medical conditions discover the numerous positive benefits to be attained through boxing.
Also of note, Corrales-Lewis pointed out that since its creation in 2013 as a true passion project envisioned by Marotta that she has since helped to not only continue to breathe new life into, but in fact to flourish, the NVBHOF has served the community in providing immense help to countless boxing-related charities and organizations throughout Las Vegas, and the entire state of Nevada.
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