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BOXING PERSONALITIES COMMENT ON THE CLASS OF 2013


On The Class of 2013

“The one thing that every last one of these people have in common is their work ethic. This is a group of people going into the Hall of Fame who earned every single thing they got in the sport. They all worked very, very hard and every one of them got every ounce out of every opportunity.”

-Al Bernstein, 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee


“They are all idols of mine and very deserving of being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.”

-Freddie Roach, 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Arturo Gatti

“The Hall of Fame is fitting for a guy who worked so hard and gave his all to the sport. I just want to say that it was an honor and a privilege for me to have managed him his entire career.” 

-Pat Lynch, Arturo Gatti's manager


“He gave it all in the ring. He gave everything to the sport of boxing. He gave the fans what they wanted. He was a great fighter, a two-time world champion and was in ‘Fight of the Year’ four times. I’m really happy for Arturo.”

“Arturo was a throwback type fighter like LaMotta or Graziano. And he could also switch it off and he could box as well as anybody in the game. He could brawl if he had to and he could box as well as anybody in boxing, so he had them both.”

-"Irish" MIcky Ward


“He used to speak about this when he was alive. He feared that he wouldn’t be remembered this way and it is just so gratifying to hear that he will be because he belongs there. He’s a legend and certainly deserves a place among the legends in the Hall. It would have meant a great deal to him. It means a great deal to me.”

“What he did was amazing. He brought fans to the sport. He made it fun, he made it an event, something to look forward to.”

-Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO, Arturo Gatti's promoter


“He clearly was a man that created more excitement and more interest in the sport than most other boxers do, that’s for sure. He’s beloved by boxing fans. What he brings into the Hall of Fame is the fact that he has a multitude of fans who have enjoyed his boxing and nobody probably in the Hall of Fame has been involved in more exciting fights." 

-Al Bernstein, 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee


“Gatti was in the most memorable TV fights ever.  He gave fans everything they wanted and more.”

-Freddie Roach, 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee


“Arturo Gatti fought on HBO 21 times and each time it was a must see event.  He was the most exciting boxer of his generation and his induction to the International Boxing Hall-of-Fame is a well-deserved honor.  Arturo was adored by the boxing community and fight fans worldwide.”     

-Kery Davis, SVP HBO Sports


On Virgil Hill

“Virgil is special to me because he had a long and very successful career and I think he represents all the boxers out there. He’s a real stylish, solid boxer who fought everybody who was available to him in several weight divisions and I think he definitely belongs to be in the Hall of Fame.

-Al Bernstein, 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee


“My first champion and why I’m in boxing. He is well deserving to be in the Hall of Fame. He’s one of the greatest light heavyweights of all time.”

-Freddie Roach, 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Myung-Woo Yuh

“One of the pluses of the International Boxing Hall of Fame is that it doesn’t ignore fighters like him. It understands what fighters from far away lands have provided for the sport. He’s a perfect example of a really talented and terrific fighter and I think this is a great illustration of how we look far, far beyond the borders to find people that belong in the Hall of Fame.”

-Al Bernstein, 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee


“Like so many of the South Korean fighters, he had unbelievable dedication and great conditioning. All in all, he was always ready.”

-Freddie Roach, 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Mills Lane

“One of the most solid referees of all time and a man that was at the center of so many major events in Las Vegas. He was pretty much revered by everybody in boxing.”

-Al Bernstein, 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee


“One of the greatest guys I’ve ever met in boxing. Great referee, great person, great friend.”

-Freddie Roach, 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee

On Jimmy Lennon, Jr.

“As a colleague of mine, I’m especially delighted to see him get into the Hall of Fame. I couldn’t be more delighted for his induction into the Hall.  As a ring annnouncer he’s one of the best that’s ever done that.”


-Al Bernstein, 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee


“He’s a great guy and I know his family well. Jimmy is a classy guy and he speaks like he acts.”

-Freddie Roach, 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee


On Colin Hart

“He is one of the many terrific reporters and writers from Great Britain who has helped the sport so much. In terms of the body of his work and his career, it epitomizes what being a fair-minded and hard-working boxing journalist is all about.”

-Al Bernstein, 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee


“I know Colin well. He’s a great writer and people should learn from guys like him.”

-Freddie Roach, 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee


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