Born Samuel Masuo Ichinose, his somber expression landed him the nickname "Sad" Sam, although he was anything but.

The energetic Ichinose was Hawaii's "Mr. Boxing" for more than 50 years and staged more than 425 fights around the world. Ichinose began his association with the sport as a manager after boxing was legalized in Hawaii in 1929.

With a rare eye for talent, Sad Sam guided Dado Marino to the flyweight championship in 1950 and Ben Villaflor to the WBA jr. lightweight title in 1972. He has been associated with nearly every big Hawaii fighter, including Bobo Olson and Andy Ganigan and promoted most of the state's pro fights.

The well-respected Ichinose retired in 1982 and died on January 24, 1993 in Honolulu.
Born: Nov. 12, 1907
Died: Jan. 24, 1993
Induction: 2000
Sam Ichinose
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