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BOXING PERSONALITIES COMMENT ON THE CLASS OF 2011


On The Class of 2011

“This might be one of the best selections ever in the history of the Hall of Fame. They’ve all had great success for a long period of time and all are well deserving of their place in the Hall of Fame.”

-Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee


“This is an amazing collection of people who did justice for our sport.”

-Sugar Ray Leonard, 1997 Hall of Fame Inductee


“This is an outstanding class of inductees. Boxing is an international, one of a kind sport. There is no other sport that creates so much publicity all over the world. This is an international class, as it should be, because boxing is a world-wide sport.”

-Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee



On Julio Cesar Chavez

“Anytime a man can amass the type of record he had fighting top competition for all those years before losing his first fight is amazing. He was a tremendous body puncher. His punches vibrated all the way through your body and he would systematically break you down with wicked body shots.”

-Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee


“Without question, he had my vote a long time ago! He demonstrated what it is like to be a fighter in the ring and was a fan favorite and a winner.”

-Sugar Ray Leonard, 1997 Hall of Fame Inductee


“What a class kid he was. We could use a guy like him right now. A great body puncher and a great ring technician, he could box as well as punch. The people just loved him and he was great for the fans.”

- Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee



On Kostya Tszyu

“When he was on the Russian amateur team, all I heard my fighters talk about was Kostya Tszyu. He was a legendary amateur and professional. In the ring, he was a particularly technical fighter, very patient and very analytical. He was a precision puncher who never wasted anything. His accuracy was amazing.”

-Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee


“I loved his style. I loved watching him. He was rock solid throughout his career. He was one serious, tough guy who when he hit you it was lights out. I always enjoyed watching him because he was such a masterful fighter with great power in both hands.”

-Sugar Ray Leonard, 1997 Hall of Fame Inductee


“Kostya Tszyu innovated boxing with how he trained. His training regime could kill somebody. He would work and wouldn’t stop period and he was that way in the fight. He was constant aggression, a great fighter. It’s a shame Kostya Tszyu isn’t fighting now because he and Pacquiao would be the ultimate!”

-Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee



On Mike Tyson

“I’m so happy for him. Mike Tyson, next to Muhammad Ali, had more of an impact on boxing than any other boxer in history. He created so much excitement. He transcended boxing. He was probably one of the most crushing power punchers in history. He maximized his disadvantage in size with tremendous punching power and speed. Nobody neutralized height and size with speed better than Mike Tyson.”

-Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee


“In the ring Mike Tyson was a force to be reckoned with. He brought his ‘A’ game every time. He is deserving of his plaque on the Hall of Fame Wall alongside the legends of boxing.”

-Sugar Ray Leonard, 1997 Hall of Fame Inductee


“Mr. Excitement! Tyson intimidated fighters before he even stepped in the ring. Boxing was in great shape when Mike Tyson was around.”

-Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee



On Nacho Beristain

“I would say the most respected trainer in boxing, for me, is Nacho Beristain. For me to be in the Hall of Fame you have to be on top of your game for a long time and Nacho has been consistently producing great fighters for many years.”

-Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee


“The type of talent that Nacho Beristain has produced really speaks for itself.”

-Sugar Ray Leonard, 1997 Hall of Fame Inductee


“Great trainer. Every kid he trained you knew when they got into a fight they were in the best shape of their lives.”

-Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee



On Joe Cortez

“A top Golden Gloves boxer himself, Joe Cortez has been a top referee in New York, New Jersey, Nevada and internationally across the world. He is a very good all-around boxing man with a solid boxing background and it’s very good to see him in the Hall of Fame.”

-Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee


“Joe is one of the nicest individuals I’ve met. He’s deserving of the Hall of Fame and more. He’s an astute, sharp and caring third man in the ring. He did his job well.”

-Sugar Ray Leonard, 1997 Hall of Fame Inductee


“The best. He was a world traveler and refereed some of the best fights of all time.”

-Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee



On Sylvester Stallone

“Sylvester Stallone is big part of the revival of boxing through his ROCKY series. The two things that brought boxing back to the forefront with the pubic was the great success of the 1976 Olympic Team and when Sylvester Stallone gave us our heavyweight champion, Rocky Balboa. I still get goose bumps when I hear the ROCKY theme. Sylvester Stallone gave to boxing just as much as any promoter or network in the history of boxing. The ROCKY series brought so many people to the sport.”

-Emanuel Steward, 1996 Hall of Fame Inductee


“I am excited about Sly. I see him as a man that has so much passion for our sport. Without question, the ROCKY movies have portrayed boxers as what they truly are and that is warriors, guys who come from low economic levels but somehow, someway through spirit and intestinal fortitude they come out on top. Without question his contributions to the sport make him well deserving of Hall of Fame honors. I remember vividly before my first professional fight against Luis Vega, although I wasn’t the underdog, the ROCKY theme pumped me up so much. It was great to be a fighter with that music behind you. It was powerful.”

-Sugar Ray Leonard, 1997 Hall of Fame Inductee


“Stallone was an instant sell for boxing. He looked like a fighter and he fought like a fighter. ROCKY created so much excitement. Just playing the theme was a thrill for the fighters and me. He’s well deserving and belongs in the Hall of Fame.”

-Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee


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