Saturday night’s inaugural Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony has sold out, and those lucky enough to get a ticket figure to have a grand time.
Among those being inducted at the event at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino are Mike Tyson, Mike McCallum, Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya, Larry Holmes and Julio Cesar Chavez. The late Diego Corrales will be enshrined posthumously.
“We are gratified by the amazing reaction to our efforts in establishing the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame,” founder Rich Marotta said. “It has surpassed our expectations.
Referee Mills Lane is among those being inducted into one of the non-fighter categories.
Also, Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be presented with one of four resident Fighter of the Year awards.
Larry Holmes and Julio Cesar Chavez are among the fighters to be inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame at its inaugural ceremony Aug. 10 at the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas. Both confirmed this week they will be attending.
Holmes, one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time, is stoked about his impending enshrinement.
“I’m honored to be inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, and I want to express my appreciation to all those who voted for me,” said Holmes, 63. “Vegas has always been my home away from home. There’s nothing like Las Vegas.”
Holmes went 69-6 with 44 knockouts. He had victories in Las Vegas over the likes of Muhammad Ali, Michael Spinks, Gerry Cooney and Earnie Shavers.
Chavez, of Mexico, also had a lot of his big wins in Las Vegas. Included therein was his 12th-round TKO of Meldrick Taylor in 1990 that stirred great controversy when referee Richard Steele stopped the fight with two seconds left of a fight in which Taylor was ahead on points on two of the three scorecards.
“… I am humbled by it,” Chavez said of his induction. “I would also like to say thank you to the guys that I faced over my career. I appreciate all of you. I enjoyed the competition and it was an honor to face you.”
Chavez finished 107-6-2 with 86 knockouts and won world titles in three weight classes.
Both Holmes and Chavez have already been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.