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Paladins of Power: Houston Boxing Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees

by on Mar.11, 2014, under Boxing News

By Karl Hegman

 

Jose "Gaby Canizales

Jose “Gaby Canizales

 

HOUSTON, TX — The results are in for this year’s Houston Boxing Hall of Fame inductions.

Jose “Gaby” Canizales

The former WBA and WBO Bantanweight Champion originally from Laredo was a destructive body puncher and frenetic fighting machine that compiled a record of 48-8-1 with 36 knockouts. Canizales took Jeff Chandler 15 hard fought rounds his first world title opportunity, but came up on the short end of a unanimous decision loss. But on March 10, 1986, Gaby pulled off the upset when he knocked then WBA Bantamweight titleholder Richie Sandoval out at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas to capture his first professional world championship. History repeated itself again on Mach 12, 1991 when he knocked out Miguel “Happy” Lora in the second round of a knockdown filled abbreviated punch out to capture the vacant WBO Bantamweight Championship in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

David Gonzalez

A tough and rugged light middleweight contender of the 80′s and 90′s, Gonzales was a well-conditioned boxer/puncher that gave his all in the boxing ring, leaving nothing for the dressing room. David was a former National Boxing Champion under the tutelage of Galena Park’s Kenny Weldon and comprised a professional record of 40-6-1 scoring 23 knockouts. His career culminated in a title opportunity versus WBC Light Middleweight Champion Terrible” Terry Norris on September 16, 1995 in Las Vegas. Gonzales gave it his customary good effort, but the speed and combination punching of Norris was just too much to overcome for the Houston tough guy and Terry won by TKO in the ninth round.

 

Frank Tate

Frank Tate

Frank TateFrank Tate

The 1984 Olympic Light Middleweight Gold Medalist had a successful professional career with a ledger of 41-5, scoring 24 knockouts and was an accomplished boxer who always came into the the ring in condition and ready to fight. Tate captured the IBF Middleweight Championship with a 15 round unanimous decision victory over Michael Olajide on October 10, 1987 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. He defended it successfully once with a 10th round TKO over Tony Sibson before losing the title to Michael Nunn. Tate had three more world title opportunities after the Nunn fight, but lost 12 round decisions on each attempt.

 

Kenny Weldon

One of the top boxing trainers of the past fifty years, Weldon has produced over three hundred Golden Glove Champions, thirty eight National Amateur Boxing Champions and has trained scores of professional world title holders including: Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield, Vinny Pazienza, Mike McCallum, Raul Marquez and Siarhei Liakhovich.

Cleveland Williams

Cleveland Williams

 

Cleveland “Big Cat” Williams

One of the hardest hitting heavyweights ever, Cleveland Williams had an incredible record of 78-13-1 with 58 knockouts. He had the misfortune of being ducked for years by then heavyweight champion Floyd Paterson, but scored a knockout over future WBA Heavyweight Champion Ernie Terrell. Williams lost in two brutal bouts with the great Sonny Liston and received his long overdue title shot versus a peak Muhammad Ali on November 14, 1966 at the Houston Astrodome but was stopped in the third round.

Congratulations to all of the Inductees who have left us with indelible boxing memories.

 

 

**Dedicated to the memory of World Middleweight Title Challenger Wilford Scypion**

 

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