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BOXING PERSONALITIES COMMENT ON CLASS OF 2004


On The Class of 2004

""The inductees of the Class of 2004 once again prove that boxing is an international sport that demands the talents of people all over the world. This particular class has the flavor of that concept."

- Hank Kaplan, boxing historian.


On Azumah Nelson

"Azumah Nelson was a guy who could do it all. He had science and power and amassed a great record. It's fitting that he was inducted on his first year of eligibility."

- Hank Kaplan, boxing historian.

"A very, very solid technical fighter. Probably one of the best featherweights of all time."

- Gil Clancy, trainer/manager, 1993 Hall of Fame Inductee.

"When he fought Salvador Sanchez that was what really made everybody realize how talented he was. There are so many kids I talk to from Ghana and they always refer to him and look up to him. He's a great spokesman for his country."

- Emanuel Steward, trainer, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee.

"I refereed Azumah Nelson's fights on several occasions. He was a wonderful boxer, always in great condition and always a very fine gentleman. His style was to be forever aggressive and to make the fight. He didn't slack, retreat. He was always forward motion."

- Arthur Mercante, referee, 1995 Hall of Fame Inductee.


On Carlos Palomino

"Stylish. Determined. A great left hooking welterweight champion who was a great champion during his time."

- Hank Kaplan, boxing historian.

"Palomino was a very, very tough guy. He got the most out of his God-given natural ability and just would not let himself get beat. He won a lot of fights people thought he wouldn't win and that's why he became champion. He's absolutely deserving to be in the Hall of Fame."

- Gil Clancy, trainer/manager, 1993 Hall of Fame Inductee.


On Dwight Muhammad Qawi

"A fighter with amazing stamina and determination. He entered each contest with the thought of ultimate victory. He just wasn't going to be defeated and the world title was not to be denied to a guy with that kind of determination."

- Hank Kaplan, boxing historian.

"Qawi was a lot shorter than most of the guys he fought, but he was very tough and was a great body puncher. He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame."

- Gil Clancy, trainer/manager, 1993 Hall of Fame Inductee.

""Maybe the most amazing boxer I've seen in my lifetime when you look at his size and what he accomplished in those great, historical fights with Saad Muhammad, Spinks and Holyfield. I never saw a man with his physical handicaps accomplish what he did and he did it without an amateur background. Definitely an overachiever."

- Emanuel Steward, trainer, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee.


On Daniel Zaragoza

"Zaragoza was a fighter with fierce determination and incredible courage. It was almost impossible to discourage him and he beat you with that determination and courage. He took his opponents heart away because no matter how good they fought him, he was so determined he overwhelmed them and took their skills away. He eminently fits the mold of the Mexican warrior."

- Hank Kaplan, boxing historian.

"Maybe the last of the great Mexican prizefighters until Julio Cesar Chavez came along."

- Emanuel Steward, trainer, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee.

"Like most Mexican fighters, he was tough. He could take punishment and issue punishment. I remember Zaragoza and he was a gladiator."

- Arthur Mercante, referee, 1995 Hall of Fame Inductee.


On Stanley Christodoulou

"Stanley Christodoulou is one of the great all-time arbiters of the ring. He gave dignity to the profession and made boxing very proud of him in every assignment that he had. He always brought forth his best effort and that was always clean and memorable."

- Hank Kaplan, boxing historian.

"He's one of the greatest referees in boxing and is well deserving of being elected into the Hall of Fame."

- Emanuel Steward, trainer, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee.


On J Russell Peltz

"Russell Peltz was a child prodigy as far as promoters are concerned. As far back as I can remember, Peltz made great matches and his promotions were some of the most artistic affairs in the history of his time. The Blue Horizon, which exemplifies the highest form of boxing entertainment through the years, was developed by Peltz and brought to its peak by Peltz."

- Hank Kaplan, boxing historian.

"Russell Peltz has always been a gentleman and good sportsman."

- Gil Clancy, trainer/manager, 1993 Hall of Fame Inductee.

"Russell Peltz is a very astute businessman and very honorable. He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame because he's a long-time promoter. The Blue Horizon has always been known as a great fight venue and Peltz kept it going and maintained its reputation. I'm very impressed with him."

- Arthur Mercante, referee, 1995 Hall of Fame Inductee.


On W.C. Heinz

"Boxing writers who are responsible for recording the great events in boxing history were personified by W.C. Heinz. He wrote some of the greatest stories ever about the sport of boxing."

- Hank Kaplan, boxing historian.

"He may have been the best boxing writer of all time. It's a must to read his books on boxing. He certainly deserves to be in the Hall of Fame."

- Gil Clancy, trainer/manager, 1993 Hall of Fame Inductee.
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