Hall of Fame Dilemmas
By Calvin Watkins from Max Boxing
The Hall of Fame ballot came in the mail the other day. Itís easy to say who should be in and who shouldnít. But itís a difficult thing when your checkmarks go by the ten names you must submit.
The ballot listed 45 names and only three were locks in my mind - Roberto Duran, Pernell Whitaker and Ricardo Lopez.
There are plenty of other fighters I have to do my research on and ask questions about, and the ballot had other fighters who are questionable Hall of Famers such as Donald Curry, Ernesto Marcel and Rafael Herrera. They might get in after an examination of their careers. Curry was the Fighter of the Year in The Ring magazine, Marcel beat the great Alexis Arguello for the WBA featherweight title, and then thereís Herrera, with two quality victories over Ruben Olivares.
So what do you do? Do you ask fight fans for help? Can you?
What do you do about guys like Joey Archer, who I think goes in with victories over Dick Tiger and Ruben Carter. Archer was the last man to beat Ray Robinson, yet his last two losses were to Emile Griffith.
Tommy Farr is another interesting name. The heavyweight born in Wales had a modest career fighting in Europe. But he lost to Joe Louis in his first fight in the United States.
Jim Braddock and Max Baer earned victories over Farr too. Farr is a good fighter.
Good enough for the Hall of Fame?
Itís never easy.
The names go on and on and on. I have until the end of the month. Somebody will get in because they deserve it.