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    CANASTOTA, NY - OCTOBER 28, 2011 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of trainer Amilcar Brusa. He passed away yesterday. He was 89.

Born on October 23, 1922 in Santa Fe, Argentina, Brusa began training boxers in 1950 and is regarded as the foremost boxing trainer in South America. On November 7, 1970, Hall of Famer Carlos Monzon won the world middleweight championship and became the first of 14 fighters Brusa would mold into world champion. Other boxers he guided to world titles include Miguel Angel Cuello, Francisco Quiroz, Rafael Pineda, Sugar Baby Rojas, Francisco Tejedor, Tomas Molinares, Luis Mendoza, Miguel “Happy” Lora, Antonio Esparragoza, Juan Domingo Cordoba, Jorge Barrios, Carlos “Famoso” Hernandez and Carlos Baldomir. Renowned for his keen insight into the nuances of the sweet science, Brusa was named “Trainer of the Year” in 1989. For many years Brusa operated out of the La Brea Boxing Academy in Los Angeles.

“Amilcar Brusa was an outstanding trainer,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy.  “His incredible resume, including 14 world champions, speaks for itself. We join the entire boxing world in remembering his life.”

In 2007, Brusa was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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The Class of 2007 (left to right) - Roberto Duran, Pernell Whitaker, Ricardo Lopez, Jose Sulaiman and Amilcar Brusa.Hall of Famers Pipino Cuevas (left) and Ruben Olivares (right) congratulate Amilcar Brusa on his induction.Brusa proudly points to Carlos Monzon's plaque on the Hall of Fame Wall.