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    CANASTOTA, NY - JUNE 21, 2012 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of legendary artist LeRoy Neiman. He passed away at a Manhattan hospital yesterday. He was 91.

Born June 8, 1921 in St. Paul, MN. As a child growing up in the city that produced boxing legend Mike O'Dowd and Hall of Fame brothers Mike and Tommy Gibbons, Neiman was introduced to boxing at the local Catholic Church where he participated in “basement boxing.” In 1942 he left high school and enlisted in the US Army and served four years. After leaving the military, he enrolled in the Art Institute of Chicago. His first boxing subject was light heavy Bob Satterfield, a fellow classmate at the institute. His passion for the sport of boxing and his talent as an artist meshed together and through the years Neiman has drawn fight posters and program covers for such historic bouts as Ali vs. Frazier I, Ali-Foreman, Ali-Frazier III, Ali- Spinks II, Hagler vs. Hearns, Foreman vs. Moorer, Tyson vs. Lewis, De La Hoya vs. Vargas and De La Hoya vs. Whitaker. He also created art and appeared in Rocky II, III, IV and V. Regarded as superb draftsman and brilliant colorist, Neiman is revered for his ability to capture the essence of his subjects. His artwork romanticized boxing and captured the imagination of budding ring followers.

“Through his art, LeRoy Neiman made an indelible impact on the sport of boxing,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy.  “The Hall of Fame joins the boxing world in mourning his passing.”

In 2007, Neiman was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
2007 Hall of Fame Inductee
LeRoy Neiman