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BOXING PERSONALITIES COMMENT ON THE CLASS OF 2008


On The Class of 2008

“A lot of the members of the Class of 2008 haven't gotten the recognition they deserve. This class captures some of the forgotten greats. Also, it's a very international class.”

- Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

“I think the Class of 2008 is outstanding. The selections are great and are a truly deserving group of Hall of Famers.”

- Arthur Mercante, 1995 Hall of Fame Inductee

“Man, I tell you, I'm looking forward to being there to see all of these great people. They belong in the Hall. I'm very comfortable having this class come into our Hall of Fame.”

- Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Larry Holmes

“Larry Holmes was probably the most underappreciated heavyweight champion in history. His all around talent, mental toughness, and boxing skills were superior to the point that he possibly should be right there with Muhammad Ali and Joe Louis as an all around fighter. As time has gone on I think he's been more appreciated. He would have been a major problem for any heavyweight champion of any era.”

- Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

“He was underrated. I personally thought with his tremendous left jab he has to be in the top five heavyweights of all-time. I have a lot of respect for him as a heavyweight champion. He was very smooth in the ring. He knew when to back up, when to come forward, when to be aggressive, and when not to be aggressive.”

- Arthur Mercante, 1995 Hall of Fame Inductee

“He will go down in history as one of the best heavyweights of all time. He'd fit in any era. Big, tall, tough guy, good boxer, good right hand counter. He was a hell of a fighter and he will be remembered forever in boxing.”

- Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee

“The man had a terrific career. Besides using his brawn in the ring, he also used his brain and his career shows that. Welcome, Larry!”

- Ken Norton, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Eddie Perkins

“Eddie Perkins was a masterful boxer/technician and a guy who I was fortunate enough to see fight a lot. Just a beautiful technician. He would have been a great champion in any era.”

- Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

“What a fighter he was! A joy to watch. A smart boxer/mover, he could control the ring. He belongs in the Hall of Fame. It's been a long time coming.”

- Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee

“He was an aggressive boxer, very intelligent. He took care of business the way you were supposed to. He was always in good condition and was a good enough puncher to demand an opponent's respect. He had the resolve to do what he needed to do to win a fight. That comes with every good fighter and he had that quality necessary to win. He fought great. I certainly look forward to welcoming him to Canastota as a Hall of Famer.”

- Carlos Ortiz, 1991 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Mogens Palle

“It's amazing what he's done in Denmark without the luxury of too many homegrown Danish fighters compared to guys in the U.K., Italy and Germany. But from that small country, he did an unbelievable job of keeping boxing alive not only in Denmark, but all of Scandinavia. ”

- Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

“I've known him all my fistic life. Real great promoter. He was a joy to talk to. I went to Denmark with a couple of my fighters and he's a very good promoter who knows what he's doing and that's why he was around and is still around. He made it happen in Denmark.”

- Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Frank Warren

“Frank Warren has become an extremely powerful force in boxing. In Europe, which is a major boxing market, he is probably the most powerful promoter. I would say without a doubt he is one of the most powerful promoters in the world. I would rate him up there with Bob Arum and Don King. He's on that level.”

- Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

"Frank Warren is a class guy. He deserves this accolade because he's been so active for such a long time."

- Arthur Mercante, 1995 Hall of Fame Inductee

“Frank Warren is a very talented guy. A great person, a great promoter and it is no surprise to me that he's in the Hall because he's one of the top guns. Great asset to boxing because he knows how to promote.”

- Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Dave Anderson

“Very, very, very good writer. One of the best. He never drifted off into personal feelings in his writing. He always gave fair, analytical, unbiased reporting. He also has a quiet, easy demeanor and manner that made it comfortable to do interviews with him. He always did his research well and his vast knowledge of boxing set him apart from others.”

- Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

“I respect him immensely. I can't tell you how much I appreciate his talent as a writer. He's fantastic. He's very respectful towards fighters and I have high regard for him.”

- Arthur Mercante, 1995 Hall of Fame Inductee

“Dave Anderson is a great writer, a great person, and a great friend.”

- Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Joe Koizumi

“The voice of boxing for the Orient. Whenever I think of anything going on in boxing in the Orient, in Japan, even the Philippines, I think of Joe Koizumi. He's been the connection to the rest of the world. If I want to find out about a boxer or check on the history, I call Joe. It's great that he's getting this recognition.”

- Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

“Joe Koizumi is a great writer and is very well respected in the boxing industry. A very versatile individual, he also did a great job commentating on boxing telecasts. He's the key connection to boxing in the Orient.”

- Arthur Mercante, 1995 Hall of Fame Inductee

“He got adopted by us because even though he was not from the United States, Joe Koizumi is a great writer and he blended in so well with the boxing scene all the time. Joe Koizumi knows boxing and is well respected around the country.”


- Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee
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