On June 10th, the
International Boxing Hall of Fame welcomed it’s new members,
including Thomas “Tommy” Hearns, Freddie Roach, Michael Buffer
and my countryman, Puerto Rican Herbert “Cocoa Kid” Hardwick.
They are all well deserving, but, at the same time, for many, the
non-selection of some fighters and boxing persons who keep getting
ignored was disappointing. One boxer whose Facebook account is
connected to mine and whose name I shall not reveal (he will be in my
list) said that “One thinks after so much done in the ring, people
will consider you”, after the latest elections were announced.
Here are then, what in my opinion are
the Roger Marises of boxing, the people who deserve to be inducted to
the IBHOF and are not. I hope the IBHOF listens to this open letter.
Many of these are already in the less noted but apparently better
53 KO’s. Many of Briscoe’s losses came late in his career. During
his prime, he drew with Carlos Monzon, and lost to Marvelous Marvin
Hagler, Vito Antuofermo, Emile Griffith, Luis Rodriguez and Rodrigo
Valdez. Briscoe beat Eddie Mustafa Muhammad and Vicente Rondon.
Marvin Johnson: 43-6,
KO’s. A three time world Light Heavyweight champion, the first to
do so in history. Johnson fought Matthew Saad Muhammad, Eddie Mustafa
Muhammad and Michael Spinks, and he beat Victor Galindez, Mate Parlov
and Leslie Stewart (he also lost to Stewart).
Tony De Marco:
KO’s: De Marco was once the world
Welterweight champion and he beat Paddy De Marco, Johnny Saxton,
Wallace “Bud” Smith, Kid Gavilan and Don Jordan, also facing
Carmen Basilio (twice), Denny Moyer and Virgil Akins (twice).
in boxing, that being a woman disqualifies you for the Hall of Fame.
Except for Aileen Eaton, that is. Kallen is known as the manager of
James Toney, Bronco McKart and many, many other famous boxers. She
was the inspiration for the movie “Against The Ropes”. Kallen
should be the drop that leads to a waterfall of women International
Boxing Hall of Fame members.
this writer has done for boxing is paramount to, say, what Niles
Rodgers did for anglo-music during the 70’s and 80’s. His work
cannot be overlooked.
Brophy. You yourself. You may not think about it that way, but
putting up a Hall of Fame in one building, making it respectable like
all other Hall of Fames, makes you deserving if this honor.
30 KO’s. A two time world Flyweight and once Junior Bantamweight
world champion, Laciar fought Luis Ibarra, Sugar Baby Rojas and
Charlie Magri. He beat Peter Mathebula, Juan Herrera, Betulio
Gonzalez, Prudencio Cardona, Hilario Zapata and Gilberto Roman (he
lost and drew with Roman in subsequent bouts).
Rodrigo Valdez: 68-8-3,
A two time world Middleweight champion, Valdes
fought Carlos Monzon and Hugo Corro. He beat Bennie Briscoe, Gratien
Tonna and Max Cohen. His two losses to Monzon were particularly close
fights that sent the Argentine to retirement.
recently deceased Stevenson, a 3 time Olympic Heavyweight Gold
medalist, did not turn professional and thus does not have a record
or titles as a pro, but this is not the International Professional
Boxing Hall of Fame, is it? Political ideas aside, he deserves to be
KO’s. Hamed was world Featherweight champion for six years. He beat
Steve Robinson, Juan Polo Perez, Manuel Medina, Tom Johnson, Wilfredo
Vazquez Sr., Kevin Kelley, Wayne McCollough, Paul Ingle, Cesar Soto
and Vuyani Bungu, his only loss to Marco Antonio Barrera. Hamed was
to 1990’s boxing what Sugar Ray Leonard was to the 80’s as far as
flair and excitement. Love him or hate him, how could you tell me he
does not belong?
KO’s. Watanabe was the WBA and WBC world Super Flyweight champion
at a time when dual champions were already at a prime. He lost to
Gilberto Roman and to Chul Ho Kim, but he beat Rafael Pedroza, Payao
Poontarat, Gustavo Ballas, Koji Kobayashi and Shoji Oguma. Although
news reports have recently tied him to the Yakusa, denying him
membership at the HOF is just criminal.
Jose Luis Ramirez:
82 KO’s. A two time WBC World Lightweight champion, he fought
Ruben Olivares, Alexis Arguello, Ray Mancini, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.,
Hector Camacho Sr. and Juan Martin Coggi. He beat Edwin Rosario
(having already lost to him), Cornelius Boza-Edwards and Pernell
Whitaker (by controversial decision, he lost a rematch to Pernell).
His loss to Arguello was debated.
KO’s. WBC world Bantamweight and Super Bantamweight champion.
Pintor fought Leo Cruz, Samart Payakaroon and Wilfredo Gomez, the
latter in a holy cow war. He beat Carlos Zarate (by controversial
decision), Alberto Davila (he had lost their first fight) and Juan
14 KO’s. Zapata was a two time world Junior Flyweight champion and
once world Flyweight champion. He fought Amado Ursua, Santos Laciar,
Fidel Bassa and Sun Kil Moon. He beat Juan Guzman, Shigeo Nakajima,
Joey Olivo, German Torres, Nertroi Sor Vorashing, Tadashi Tomori
twice, and Jung Koo Chang (he lost to him in a rematch).
World Middleweight champion, Garcia fought the likes of Barney Ross,
Ken Overlin and Henry Armstrong, holding Armstrong to a draw in
defense of his Middleweight crown, the only thing that kept Armstrong
from being the first four division world champion in boxing.
The four Puerto
Ricans: Carlos Sugar De Leon, 52-8-1, 32 KO’s, Alfredo Escalera, 53-14-3, 31 KO’s, Samuel
50-5-1, 17 KO’s, and Wilfredo
56-9-2, 41 KO’s, all, except for Escalera,
were multiple time World champions. Escalera was champion only once,
but he defended that crown ten times before giving it in a battle
royal with Alexis Arguello. All deserve to be in.
So what’s it gonna be, IBHOF? The
ball…or glove, whatever way you want to say it, is in your court
Please send all Questions and comments to Antonio at TJ69662094@aol.com.
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