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BOXING PERSONALITIES COMMENT ON THE CLASS OF 2009


On The Class of 2009

“An excellent class of inductees! This class has substance and because of the different countries represented by the inductees, it shows the worldwide nature of the sport.”

- Bert Sugar, 2005 Hall of Fame Inductee

“This is a great year for the International Boxing Hall of Fame. I know I'm looking forward to being in Canastota with all of these fine people.”

- Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Orlando Canizales

“Orlando Canizales is a great fighter and one of the great bantamweights of all time. It's exciting to see him get into the Hall of Fame because he was exciting.”

- Bert Sugar, 2005 Hall of Fame Inductee

“Very talented fighter and one of the best bantamweights ever. He had the ability to box and punch. He had great stamina, a good chin and was an great all-around technical fighter with great punching power.”

- Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

“ Exciting. What a great champion. He left his mark on the bantamweight division.”

- Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Lennox Lewis

"I am so proud that Lennox has been selected to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.  Lennox has had a distinguished career in the ring that solidified his title as World Heavyweight Champion.  Since his retirement in 2003, Lennox has proven himself to be a bigger champion out of the ring.  Like me, Lennox has used his international boxing fame to further
philanthropic causes throughout the world.  He has truly distinguished himself as one the great pugilists of all times."

- Muhammad Ali, 1990 Hall of Fame Inductee


"Lennox Lewis was a dynamic heavyweight as soon as he brought back his Olympic Gold Medal. Not only did he become the undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World, but he did it with a grace and style that characterized the historic lineage of the sport's most celebrated title. There was a distinctive Lennox Lewis era in the heavyweight division, and those of us at HBO who followed his career as a fighter, and now as one of our treasured broadcasters salute his induction into the Hall of Fame."

- Ross Greenburg, President, HBO Sports

“First of all he definitely belongs in the top six heavyweights of all-time and would have been a big threat to any heavyweight champion in history because of his size, his balance, and his all-around skill. What I like about Lennox Lewis is he could do whatever he had to do to win a fight. He was a very diversified heavyweight champion.”

- Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

“One of the most underrated and most deserving inductees to the Hall of Fame in many a year. Lennox has proven himself to be the best heavyweight of his generation and fully deserves this honor. It's nice to have him standing shoulder to shoulder with other greats.”

- Bert Sugar, 2005 Hall of Fame Inductee

“Great fighter. He was a blessing for the sport. He's become a goodwill ambassador for boxing.”

- Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Brian Mitchell

“Brian Mitchell was an excellent fighter. He was largely unknown outside of South Africa, which is a shame. It is wonderful that he is finally getting his moment in the sun in Canastota.”

- Bert Sugar, 2005 Hall of Fame Inductee

“He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. He was a great boxer / puncher.”

- Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Bob Goodman

“Bob Goodman has been around boxing as long as anyone I know and has always served it well. It's nice to have a father / son act in the Hall.”

- Bert Sugar, 2005 Hall of Fame Inductee

“Number one, Bob Goodman is a good friend of mine. Number two, he was very instrumental in my career. And number three, he's an individual who promotes boxing to the fullest extent and is one man who is very deserving of being in the Hall of Fame.”

- Ken Norton, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee

“He's a man of all seasons. Bobby Goodman is the best. He did public relations for the Ali - Foreman fight in Zaire. It's a wonderful thing that he joins his father Murray Goodman in the Hall of Fame. Murray was a class act and he produced a son of the highest quality.”

- Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Akihiko Honda

“Recognized all across the world as one of boxing's premier promoters. He has promoted some big, big matches.”

- Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Hugh McIlvanney

“Hugh McIlvanney is one of the most knowledgeable, quotable and likeable writers of all time.”

- Bert Sugar, 2005 Hall of Fame Inductee

“What a great writer he is! Hugh McIlvanney was always on the scene of all the great fights. He's a big plus for boxing.”

- Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Larry Merchant

“Larry Merchant was hired at HBO Sports in 1978 and it is one of the best decisions we ever made. Larry has been a tremendous broadcaster for three decades, providing unique insight and a commitment to telling the truth that we believe are the hallmarks of our distinct broadcasts. This is recognition for a man who has made telling the truth his only agenda.”

- Ross Greenburg, President, HBO Sports

“Larry Merchant is deserving on many scorecards, having been a great writer and broadcaster. Not only that, he's also a great wit. His contributions to the sport are legendary, he's one of the best advocates of the sport and it is an honor to have him in the Hall of Fame along with the other greats.”

- Bert Sugar, 2005 Hall of Fame Inductee

“Larry has so much knowledge about boxing. He has spent his whole life studying the sport. Larry is a great broadcaster and he does what every great broadcaster does, he asks the questions and makes the comments that are on the people's minds. He does not mince words.”

- Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

“I knew Larry Merchant as a writer. He and I have been friends forever. He is a wealth of intelligence and I have picked his brain many times.”

- Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee

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