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Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame: 2015 Inductees to be Honored at 1st Annual Banquet on Nov. 14th!

by on Oct.31, 2015, under Boxing News

Former WBC Lightweight Champion, David Diaz, seen here at left versus Manny Paquiao, will be among those honored at the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame Banquet on November 14th (photo by Tom Barnes-TOMBA Images).

Former WBC Lightweight Champion, David Diaz, seen here at left versus Manny Paquiao, will be among those honored at the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame Banquet on November 14th (photo by Tom Barnes-TOMBA Images).

 

EDITOR’S NOTE:  I have just been informed that this event is SOLD OUT.

CHICAGO —  Mike McNamara, the Director of the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame, has announced the Hall’s 2015 class of inductees, whom will be read into the Hall Saturday November 14 at the Hall’s First Annual Banquet and Ceremony at Abbington Banquets, 3S002 IL-53, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 near Butterfield Road and Route 53.

The Hall, in its first year, is an outgrowth of the successful 12-year-old Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame. McNamara, an accomplished kickboxer, tournament fighter, and trainer of former ISKA World Cruiserweight Kickboxing Champion Rob Salazar, is also Director of the Martial Arts Hall. (continue reading…)

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Former Chicago Contender, Johnny Lira Passes

by on Dec.11, 2012, under Boxing News, Obituaries

By Juan C. Ayllon

Photos courtesy of Boxrec.com

The late Mr. Lira in action at right.

The late Mr. Lira in action at right.

CHICAGO – Popular lightweight contender Johnny Lira passed away on Sunday, December 9th at Illinois Masonic hospital, according to Fightnews.com. Friends and family were in attendance in his final hour.

Mr. Lira was one of three top Illinois amateur welterweights in the 70′s, along with Pete Podgorski (now a boxing referee whom outpointed in two of three fights) and Lewis Velez, according to Boxrec.com. He also boxed as a middleweight, winning the Chicago Golden Gloves Novice title at that weight, as well as garnering a CYO sectional belt before losing to one Warren Thunder. (continue reading…)

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