A brief look at the 2001 inductees into the
International Boxing Hall of Fame,
as described by IBHOF
CBZ NOTE: Here are the Inductees for 2001. To voice your opinion on the selections, please post on the CBZ MESSAGE BOARD.
BARNEY AARON -- Born, Nov. 21, 1800, England. A light heavyweight whose
career spanned 1819-1834. A hard-hitting fighter, he was one of the standout
boxers of his era. Died 1850.
GEORGE BENTON -- Born May 15, 1933, Philadelphia. Considered a skilled and
defensive boxer, Benton fought as a middleweight during the 1950s and 1960s,
closing his career with a record of 61-13-1 with 36 KOs. Two decades in the
ring was perfect preparation for Benton, who went on to earn distinction as
a top trainer and fight tactician working with Tyrell Biggs, Mark Breland,
Evander Holyfield, Leon Spinks, Meldrick Taylor and Pernell Whitaker.
PAUL BERLENBACH -- Born Feb. 18, 1901 in New York City. A gold medalist
wrestler in the 1920 Olympics, The Astoria Assassin boxed professionally
between 1923-1933, winning the world light heavyweight title in a decision
over Mike McTigue in May 1925. Renowned for his punching power, Berlenbach
successfully defended his title three times before losing to nemesis Jack
Delaney in July 1926. Fought five world champions before retiring with a
40-8-3 record and 33 KOs. Died Sept. 30, 1985.
JIM BRADDOCK -- Born June 7, 1906 in New York City. Turned pro in 1926 and
had an early undistinguished career with losses to Hall-of-Famers Tommy
Loughran, Maxie Rosenbloom and John Henry Lewis. Stunned boxing world in
June 1935 when, as a 10-to-1 underdog, he outboxed Max Baer for the
heavyweight crown in a 15-round decision. He lost the title in his next
fight when he was knocked out in the eighth round by Joe Louis. Retired in
1938 with a record of 51-25-6 with 26 KOs. Died Nov. 29, 1974.
LESTER BROMBERG -- Born March 12, 1909, Brooklyn, N.Y. A versatile sports
writer who covered boxing for the New York World Telegram and Sun and other
publications. He wrote two books, ``World's Champs'' in 1958 and ``Boxing's
Unforgettable Fights'' in 1962. Died Feb. 21, 1989.
DON CHARGIN -- Born June 5, 1928. Began as a promoter in 1951 at age 23,
pairing up Eddie Chavez vs. Manuel Ortiz. Among major fights were Jerry
Quarry vs. Jimmy Ellis and Bobo Olson vs. Paddy Young.
RALPH CITRO -- Born July 26, 1926 in Youngstown, Ohio. A prodigious record
keeper responsible for production of the Computer Boxing Update, an annual
record book that tracks the results of fights worldwide. Director of the
International Boxing Research Organization from 1993 to 2000. Also
considered a top cut man, Citro was in the corner of over 125 title fights,
working with a long list of prominent boxers, including Alexis Arguello,
Matthew Saad Muhammad and Thomas Hearns.
BILL GALLO -- Born Dec. 28, 1922, in New York City. Gallo has been an
award-winning cartoonist for the New York Daily News since 1960. Highly
regarded for his innate ability to translate the drama and glory of sport
SAM ICHINOSE -- Born Nov. 12, 1907 in Hawaii. Sad Sam Ichinose was
``Hawaii's Mr. Boxing'' for 50 years. Until his retirement in 1982, Ichinose
had either trained, managed or promoted every champion who came from the
island state. Promoted more than 425 fights during his career. Died Jan. 23,
ISMAEL LAGUNA -- Born June 28, 1943, Panama. A lightweight whose career
spanned 1960-1971, Laguna won world title in April 1965 in a decision over
Hall-of-Famer Carlos Ortiz. Lost the title to Ortiz in a rematch in November
1965. Regained the crown in March 1970 with a ninth-round knockout of Mando
Ramos but was beaten in November 1970 by Scotland's Ken Buchanan, another
Hall-of-Famer. Retired in 1972. Finished 66-9-1 with 38 KOs.
BILLY PAPKE -- Born Sept. 17, 1886, Spring Valley, Ill. A coal miner, The
Illinois Thunderbolt turned professional in 1905 and won the world
middleweight title by a knockout over Stanley Ketchel in 12 rounds in
September 1908. Papke lost the championship back to Ketchel two months later
in a rematch. Unsuccessfully challenged Frank Klaus for vacant title in
1913. Retired in 1919 with a 38-9-7 record and 30 KOs. On Nov. 26, 1936,
Papke murdered his estranged wife and then committed suicide.
LASZLO PAPP -- Born March 25, 1926, Hungary. First three-time Olympic boxing
champion, winning gold medals in 1948 as a middleweight and in 1952 and 1956
as a light middleweight. Won European middleweight title by knocking out
Chris Christensen in May 1962. Forced to retire by Hungarian Communist
government in 1965, because the government did not want to recognize
professional boxing. Professional record 26-0-3, with 15 knockouts.
WILLIE PASTRANO -- Born Nov. 27, 1935 in New Orleans. Boxed in every weight
division from feather to heavyweight in career spanning 14 years. Won world
light heavyweight title in 15-round decision over Harold Johnson in June
1963. Successfully defended title twice before losing title to Jose Torres
in ninth-round TKO in March 1963, after which he promptly retired. Record
63-13-8, 14 KOs. Died Dec. 6, 1997.
ULTIMINIO ``SUGAR'' RAMOS -- Born Dec. 2, 1941, in Cuba. Won Cuban
featherweight title in 1960 before leaving country for Mexico. In March
1963, under guidance of Angelo Dundee, Ramos scored a 10th-round knockout of
Davey Moore to win world featherweight title. Successfully defended title
three times before suffering a 12th-round KO at hands of Hall-of-Famer
Vincente Saldivar in September 1964. Twice knocked out in challenging
Hall-of-Famer Carlos Ortiz for world lightweight crown (1966 and 1967).
Retired in 1972 with a record of 55-7-4, 40 KOs.
RANDY TURPIN -- Born June 7, 1928, England. Considered one of England's top
boxers. He won the British and European middleweight championships and then
upset Hall-of-Famer Sugar Ray Robinson in a 15-round decision to win the
world title in July 1951. Turpin lost the title to Robinson in a rematch. In
October 1953, he lost a 15-round decision to Bobo Olson for world
middleweight crown. Retired in 1964 with a record of 66-8-1, 45 KOs.
Committed suicide May 17, 1966.
MIDGET WOLGAST -- Born Joseph Robert LoScalzo on July 18, 1910 in
Philadelphia. Turned pro in 1925. Considered the fastest boxer of his time,
Wolgast won the vacant New York world flyweight title in a 15-round decision
over Black Bill in 1930. Held title for five years until he was beaten by
Small Montana. Retired in 1940 with a record of 153-35-16, with 16 KOs. Died
Oct. 19, 1955.