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BOXING PERSONALITIES COMMENT ON THE CLASS OF 2010


On The Class of 2010

“This is one of the best classes ever. These are guys who normally don’t get recognition but deserve it.”

-Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

“The Class of 2010 is one of the most evenly balanced, strong classes the Boxing Hall of Fame has had in years.”

-Bert Sugar, 2005 Hall of Fame Inductee


“We welcome this class with open arms because they all belong.”

-Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Jung-Koo Chang

“He was an outstanding fighter and a national hero in Korea.”

-Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Danny "Little Red" Lopez

“Tough, tough, tough and very consistent. Pressure all the time. He was one of the toughest punchers that I ever saw. Very deserving of his plaque on the Hall of Fame Wall.”

-Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

“One of the most crowd-pleasing fighters I’ve ever seen, he didn’t know he was in a fight until he was knocked down!  Danny ‘Little Red’ Lopez deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.”

-Bert Sugar, 2005 Hall of Fame Inductee

“What an exciting fighter. He was one of the biggest attractions in California. ‘Little Red’ lit up California! He was a little guy that created excitement.”

-Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee

“I am thrilled to hear the news that Danny ‘Little Red’ Lopez will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2010.  This is an award that he deserves and Danny certainly has the ring record to prove it.  Danny, you fought hard for this honor. Welcome Danny! It is an honor to be in the Hall of Fame with you.”

-Ruben Olivares, 1991 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Shelly Finkel

“Shelly has probably been the most effective manager in history, having so many champions. Very quiet, behind the scenes guy who works extremely well one on one with the fighters better than any manager that I’ve known of. ”

-Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee


“Shelly Finkel deserves a place in the Boxing Hall of Fame on the basis of the talent he has found, the talent he has developed, and the care he has taken in developing it.”

-Bert Sugar, 2005 Hall of Fame Inductee

“Shelly Finkel is what we need in boxing. If there were more managers like him boxing would be in great shape. He knows talent, too. He belongs in the Hall of Fame.”

-Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee.


On Larry Hazzard

“He did every role – amateur boxer, administrator, referee and commissioner. To me he’s one of the most qualified men that I’ve ever known in any capacity in boxing.”

-Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

“Larry Hazzard deserves to be in on one of two bases, the fact that can combine the two (referee and commissioner) - and do both of them extremely well – makes him a deserving inductee into the Boxing Hall of Fame.”

-Bert Sugar, 2005 Hall of Fame Inductee


“He was so smooth in the ring, he was the Ray Robinson of referees, lots of class. He controlled the fight. An excellent referee. And he did a heck of a job as commissioner and is highly respected by everybody.”

-Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee.


On Wilfried Sauerland

“For boxing in Germany, he, more than anybody, has been the most consistent figure. From Henry Maske to Graciano Rocchigiani to today, he’s been consistent - like Bob Arum and Don King put together - for big-time boxing in Germany. He’s responsible for boxing being so much of an event in Germany. When he promotes fights, he makes it a massive, unbelievable event.”

-Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

“What a great promoter! He’s one of the best and a gentleman to boot.”

-Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Bruce Trampler

“Bruce Trampler is the best matchmaker that I have ever worked with or encountered. He is largely responsible for the careers of every top fighter in boxing such as Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Miguel Cotto and many, many others. Nobody in my whole time in boxing has had the type of mastery that Bruce demonstrates.”

-Bob Arum, 1999 Hall of Fame Inductee


“He’s the greatest matchmaker in boxing. If you’re trying to develop a star fighter, it is very difficult because you’ve got to pick the right type of fight where he can win but he will be tested. Bruce can do that. There are a lot of people who can’t do that. To do what Bruce Trampler does – make exciting fights where you can develop talent without getting them beat – he’s got the best eye that I’ve ever saw. ”

-Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

“Bruce Trampler is one of the most knowledgeable men in boxing. His abilities and his caring for the fighters earns him a place in the Boxing Hall of Fame.”

-Bert Sugar, 2005 Hall of Fame Inductee


“He’s the best! He’s a great matchmaker and he’s proven that with his tenure at Bob Arum’s Top Rank. He belongs in the Hall of Fame. I’m thrilled that he’s going to be in the Hall of Fame because he’ll be keeping me company and I love that kind of company.”

-Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Ed Schuyler

“Ed is the last of a dying breed of real, true writers. He was never biased toward any one fighter and was very balanced. He’s been around so long and knows boxing. One of the best writers out there, he is very experienced, knowledgeable and fair.”

-Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee

“Eddie Schuyler was one of the most knowledgeable, gifted and quoted writers of his generation. Eddie always was in the first row of the press section and now he’s in the first row of the Boxing Hall of Fame as well.”

-Bert Sugar, 2005 Hall of Fame Inductee


“Whenever you saw Ed Schuyler around fights you knew it was a biggie because he covered all the big fights and he did a tremendous job. I’m looking forward to seeing him in Canastota.”

-Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Howard Cosell

“Like him or loathe him, Howard Cosell was a fertilizing force for boxing and one of its greatest personalities. On any level, Howard Cosell deserves to be in the Boxing Hall of Fame.”

-Bert Sugar, 2005 Hall of Fame Inductee

“What a man. The greatest! I considered him a friend. He did so much for boxing. He made the fans know who the fighters were. He was the voice of boxing. Howard Cosell was a gift to us people in boxing. He’s a natural for the Hall of Fame.”

-Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee

“This is a tremendous honor for my grandfather. If he were alive, he’d be very proud. My grandfather had a deep love and passion for boxing and a deep caring and concern for the men who boxed.”

-Jared Cohane, Howard Cosell’s grandson

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