(C) Copyright 1997,1998,1999,2000 All rights reserved
International Boxing Hall of Fame   1 Hall of Fame Drive   Canastota, NY 13032  P: 315.697.7095 F: 315.697.5356
BOXING PERSONALITIES COMMENT ON CLASS OF 2006


On The Class of 2006

“I think this is a great class of inductees. I'm so glad that it's international.”

- Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

“We've got a great new class and I'm looking forward to being there!”

- Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Michael Carbajal

“A fierce competitor. During each round of his fights he was always a threat to his opponent.”

- Arthur Mercante, 1995 Hall of Fame Inductee

“He was a pioneer in a lot of ways. His punching power for his size was phenomenal. He was more responsible for reviving the smaller weight divisions for the American public and television than any one fighter. His style and punching power created interest to watch smaller guys on a regular basis. He was a fantastic fighter.”

- Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

“What an exciting fighter he was! He brought the lighter weight classes, the small guys, back into being. Michael Carbajal was such a great asset to the boxing profession.”

- Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Humberto "Chiquita" Gonzalez

“Chiquita's record indicates that he was forever dangerous from the opening bell until the final bell. I have the greatest respect for Mexican fighters like 'Chiquita' who are always hungry and in great fights.”

- Arthur Mercante, 1995 Hall of Fame Inductee

“Along with Michael Carbajal, he brought attention to the junior flyweights. In their three fights, they made each other. 'Chiquita' was a pure puncher.”

- Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

“Chip of the old block of the great Mexican fighters. He had a great left hook and like other great Mexican Hall of Famers before him, 'Chiquita' always created excitement and kept the lighter weight divisions exciting.”

- Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Edwin Rosario

“Most Puerto Rican boxers fight with their hands held high. Rosario used the same approach and I think he was the most effective short distance fighter I ever saw with that style. He didn't need a lot of punching room. He was an extremely accurate puncher with tremendous punching power.”

- Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

“Edwin Rosario was such a great fighter, a great banger. He belongs in the Hall of Fame.”

- Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Hank Kaplan

“Hank Kaplan possesses a wealth of knowledge and a wealth of retention that makes him one of the greatest assets in boxing. He is perhaps the foremost boxing historian in the world.”

- Arthur Mercante, 1995 Hall of Fame Inductee

“He's a treasure to the worldwide boxing community. Whenever I need to find something about boxing, I know I can call him. He's still very active and very accessible and accommodating.”

- Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

“Whenever anybody ever wants to know anything about the history of boxing they go to Hank Kaplan. He's the greatest! Hank is a tremendous addition to the Hall of Fame and he belongs there.”

- Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Jarvis Astaire

“Jarvis Astaire was very well versed in boxing and, along with Mickey Duff, helped keep boxing alive in the UK.”

- Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

“Jarvis Astaire is a household name, well known all over the world. For anybody who ever went over to England, Jarvis Astaire was the man. He was “Mr. Big” in England, the kind of person you want to be around. A tremendous human being.”

- Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee

###