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Benard Hopkins leads Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame class

Benard Hopkins leads Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame class

The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame on Tuesday announced its seventh annual class led by boxing legends Bernard Hopkins and Juan Manuel Marquez as part of the non-Nevada resident category.

Hopkins, who was a former middleweight and light heavyweight champion, and Marquez, a legendary Mexican fighter who captured titles in four different weight classes, highlight a 16-member class that will be enshrined during the Aug. 9-10 induction weekend at the Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas.

Other inductees in the non-Nevada resident category, announced at a news conference hosted by Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame founder Rich Marotta and Hall of Fame broadcaster Colonel Bob Sheridan, are former undisputed junior middleweight world champion Ronald “Winky” Wright; former junior flyweight champion Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez; former lightweight and junior middleweight titlist Vinny Pazienza; and three-time junior middleweight titleholder Terry Norris.  Also inducted posthumously is Bobby Chacon, a former featherweight and junior lightweight champion.

Among the fighters inducted in the Nevada resident category are former lightweight and junior lightweight titlist Joel Casamayor, who was also a 1992 Olympic gold medalist for Cuba; former bantamweight belt holder Wayne McCullough, who is a native from Ireland but has lived in Las Vegas for many years (also a 1992 Olympic silver medalist, losing to Casamayor in the final); and former heavyweight world champ Hasim Rahman. Leroy “Irish” Haley, a former junior welterweight titlist, is being inducted as well posthumously.

Five inductees that are in the non-boxer category being inducted are Floyd Mayweather Sr., who became a trainer after his fighting days; longtime boxing judge Duane Ford; Dr. Edwin “Flip” Homansky, a former ringside doctor for over two decades; attorney and manager Marc Risman, who once was the lawyer for Joe Louis; and posthumously promoter Dan Goossen, who promoted fighters such as Andre Ward, James Toney, Michael Nunn, Terry Norris, Mike Tyson and brothers Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas.

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