Boxing Hall Of Fame 2015: Riddick Bowe, Naseem Hamed, Ray Mancini

by Rory Kernaghan | Posted on Friday, December 5th, 2014 | 0

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Riddick Bowe tops the list of fighting legends joining the International Boxing Hall Of Fame 2015….

One of the most exciting and dominant heavyweight champions of the 1990’s, Riddick Bowe, has today been inducted in to the International Boxing Hall Of Fame 2015. “Big Daddy” retired with a 40-1-1 NC record with a total of 33 wins by knockout. Bowe became most well known for his action packed trilogy of fights with Evander Holyfield.

Bowe won the WBA, WBC & IBF titles from Holyfield in their first fight, then lost them to “The Real Deal” in the 1993 rematch. An ugly 8th round TKO of an ill Evander Holyfield in 1995 won the rubber match and rivalry for Bowe. Also inducted in to the Boxing Hall Of Fame 2015 was former WBC, WBO & IBF featherweight champion Naseem Hamed.

“Prince” retired with a 36-1 record, having only ever lost to fellow legend Marco Antonio Barrera. Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini was also welcomed to the Boxing Hall Of Fame. The former WBA lightweight champion had a 29-5 record as he retired in 1992, and was known for his ferocious heart and brutal power.

Also inducted was ESPN analyst Steve Collins, ref Steve Smoger, broadcaster Jim Lampley, and light-flyweight champion Yoko Gushiken. Check out what the Boxing Hall Of Fame 2015 inductees had to say courtesy of

“I’m ecstatic! As a kid, this is what I dreamed of. I’m just so happy. For me, hard work and determination got me in the Hall of Fame.”

– Riddick Bowe

“This is amazing news. It’s an absolute honor to be recognized with some of the best fighters that ever lived. I’m overwhelmed to hear this news. What can I say? I’m so happy that I officially got the call from the International Boxing Hall of Fame to tell me this. For every fighter this is the phone call of a dream because when you get a phone call saying you’re going to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, it’s not every day you get that call!”

 Naseem Hamed

“Wow. I’m humbled and I’m honored. To be in the International Boxing Hall of Fame with so many of my friends and heroes is overwhelming. “

 Ray Mancini

“This is great. This makes my day, my year and my life because I’ve been in boxing for almost 55 years. This is really something exciting for me. I will be very proud to be there because some of my fighters that I represented are already there like Alexis Arguello, Pipino Cuevas and ‘Chiquita’ Gonzalez. I’m very, very happy. This is the best news in my boxing life.”

– Rafael Mendoza

“I’m eternally grateful. It’s really the highest honor and it’s the culmination of a lifetime in the great sport of boxing. I’m humbled, honored and overwhelmed. Words can’t express my gratitude.”

– Steve Smoger

“I haven’t wiped the smile off my face since the Hall of Fame phoned and gave me the news. There is no higher honor in boxing than being elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame and I am deeply appreciative.”

– Nigel Collins

“I am surprised and delighted to learn of my election to the IBHOF. I look forward with great excitement to making my first trip to Canastota this summer to accept the honor on behalf of my family, my friends, and everyone at HBO and at ringside who has helped to support my long, lucky tenure in boxing. I couldn’t be more appreciative.”

– Jim Lampley

The 2015 Hall of Fame Weekend is scheduled for June 11-14th in Canastota, NY. Over 10 events, including a golf tournament, banquet, parade and autograph card show, are planned. An impressive celebrity lineup of boxing greats of yesterday and today will attend this year’s Induction Weekend. The highlight of the weekend will be the Official Enshrinement Ceremony on the Hall of Fame Museum Grounds in Canastota, New York on Sunday, June 14th to welcome the newest members.

“We’re extremely excited about the Class of 2015 and are very much looking forward to paying tribute to the new inductees in Canastota next June,” said Executive Director Edward Brophy

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