The 2014 Boxing Hall of Fame class
CANASTOTA, New York (AP) — A look at the 12 people to be inducted on June 8 into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum:
OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Born on Feb. 4, 1973, in Montebello, California. ... went 223-5 with 153 knockouts as an amateur and won the lightweight gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. ... Turned pro in 1992 and won 10 world titles in six weight divisions. ... Captured his first world title, the WBO super-featherweight crown, in only his 12th bout. ... Also won titles as a lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, light middleweight, and middleweight. ... Among champions he defeated were Jorge Paez, Hector Camacho, Ike Quartey, and Hall of Famers Julio Cesar Chavez, Pernell Whitaker and Arturo Gatti. ... His 2007 bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. was one of the richest in boxing history, garnering nearly 2.5 million pay-per-view buys. ... Retired after a 2008 loss to Manny Pacquiao with a professional record of 39-6 with 30 knockouts. ... In 2002 established Golden Boy Promotions.
FELIX TRINIDAD: Born on Jan. 10, 1973, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. ... Began boxing at age 10 and posted a 51-6 amateur record before turning pro in 1990. ... Stopped Maurice Blocker in two rounds to capture the IBF welterweight crown in his 20th pro bout. ... Defended his title 15 times, 12 by knockout. ... Moved up in weight to win the WBA light middleweight title from David Reid in March 2000 and later that year unified titles with a 12th-round knockout against IBF champ Fernando Vargas. ... In 2001 became a three-division champion with a fifth-round knockout of William Joppy for the WBA middleweight title. ... Retired following losing decisions to Winky Wright and Roy Jones Jr. with a record of 42-3 with 35 knockouts.
JOE CALZAGHE: Born on March 23, 1972, in London. ... Posted an amateur record of 110-10 before turning pro in 1993. ... Never was beaten in a 15-year pro career, capturing the BBBC British super middleweight title before beating Chris Eubank in 1997 for the vacant WBO super middleweight championship. ... Successfully defended his title 21 times over the next decade and in 2006 scored a unanimous decision over IBF champion Jeff Lacy to unify titles. ... In 2007 scored a unanimous decision over WBA-WBC champion Mikkel Kessler to unify three belts in the 168-pound (76-kilogram) class. ... In 2008 went up in weight and defeated Bernard Hopkins for The Ring light heavyweight championship. ... In his final fight scored a 12-round win over Roy Jones Jr. at Madison Square Garden to defend the light heavyweight title. ... Retired with a 46-0 record with 32 knockouts.
GEORGE (K.O.) CHANEY: Born on April 16, 1892, in Baltimore. ... Turned pro as a bantamweight in 1910 and is considered one of the hardest hitters in boxing history. .. Nicknamed K.O., the 5-foot-1 (1.55-meter) southpaw reportedly earned the sobriquet from Charlie Chaplain, who said he punched so hard his middle name must be “Knockout.” ... In 1912 defeated Charlie Goldman over 15 rounds to establish himself as a contender. ... Lost to featherweight king Johnny Kilbane in a 1916 title bout and in 1921 lost to Johnny Dundee in a fight for the vacant junior lightweight title. ... Retired as a lightweight in 1925 with over 80 knockouts and a reputation as a vicious body puncher. ... Died Dec. 20, 1958, in Baltimore.
CHARLES LEDOUX: Born on Oct. 27, 1892, in Pouges les Eaux, France. ... Began boxing in 1909 and scored 13 knockouts to start his career. ... Captured the French bantamweight title in 1912 from Georges Gaillard with an 11th-round knockout and the EBU/IBU titles from Digger Stanley. ... After serving in World War I, he returned to the ring in 1918 and scored a knockout over Jim Driscoll, then lost and regained the EBU title to Tommy Harrison in 1921-22. ... Retired in 1926 with nearly 100 victories in 133 bouts. Died on May 21, 1967, in Paris.
MIKE O’DOWD: Born on April 5, 1895, in St. Paul, Minnesota. ... Turned pro in 1913 and fought no-decision bouts against Billy Miske, Soldier Bartfield, Billy Kramer, Jack Britton and Ted “Kid” Lewis on his way to the middleweight crown. ... In 1917 won world title from Al McCoy with a sixth-round knockout. ... After a no-decision bout with Harry Greb, he enlisted in the Army and served in Europe. ... Stopped McCoy in three rounds in a 1919 rematch, knocked out Tommy Murphy twice and Joe Fagan once before losing his belt to Johnny Wilson. ... In 1920 lost a 15-round rematch with Wilson. ... Beat Dave Rosenberg to win the NYSAC world middleweight title but never defended it, retiring in 1923 after Jock Malone knocked him out in the first round of a fight. ... Operated a nightclub named Mike O’Dowd’s Harp in retirement. ... Died July 28, 1957, in St. Paul.
TOM ALLEN: Born April 25, 1839 in Birmingham, England. ... the 5-foot-9 (1.76-meter) Allen began his career in 1861 in Birmingham before arriving in the U.S. in 1867. ... in his first bout stateside lost on a foul in the first round to Joe Goss. ... following a 43-round win over Bill Davis, Allen claimed the heavyweight championship. ... lost in 10 rounds to Jem Mace for the heavyweight championship of America and England in 1870. ... beat Mike McCoole for the heavyweight title of America in 1873. ... lost the championship to Goss in 1876. ... retired in 1884 and operated a saloon in St. Louis, where he died April 5, 1903.
EUGENE CORRI: Born 1857. ... Began his career as a referee in 1899. ... Among the bouts he called included Tommy Burns vs. Gunner Moir in 1907, Sam Langford vs. Sam McVey in 1911, Freddie Welsh vs. Willie Ritchie and Georges Carpentier vs. Gunboat Smith in 1914, Jimmy Wilde vs. Memphis Pal Moore and Eugene Criqui vs. Moore in 1919. ... Was third man in the ring for many British, European and world title bouts and officiated for many years at the National Sporting Club in London before retiring in 1931. ... Died Dec. 21, 1933, in Southend, Essex, England.
RICHARD STEELE: Born Jan. 26, 1944. ... Was a member of the Marine Corps boxing team from 1962-65 before turning pro in 1966. ... Retired in 1970 with a 12-4 record with 10 knockouts and became a referee two years later. ... Began his career in California and officiated bouts involving Lupe Pintor, Hilario Zapata, Carlos Zarate, Wilfred Benitez and Larry Holmes before moving to Las Vegas in 1981. ... Third man in the ring for Aaron Pryor vs. Alexis Arguello in 1983, Marvelous Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns in 1985, Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Hagler in 1987, Mike Tyson vs. Frank Bruno in 1989, Leonard vs. Hearns in 1989, and Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Meldrick Taylor in 1990. ... Retired after working Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Diego Corrales in 2001 with 167 championship bouts to his credit. ... Returned in 2004 and refereed for two more years. ... Operates the Richard Steele Boxing Club in Las Vegas.
BARRY HEARN: Born June 19, 1948, in London. ... Founded sports promotional company Matchroom Sport in 1982 and continues to serve as chairman. ... In 1987 moved into boxing promotion and has presented hundreds of British, European and world title bouts for television. ... During the 1990s promoted Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank, Steve Collins, Naseem Hamed, Herbie Hide and Lennox Lewis. ... In 2008 created the Prizefighter series, a one-night tournament featuring eight fighters. ... Since 2012 has been the exclusive provider of fight cards to Great Britain’s Sky Sports. ... Currently promotes champions Carl Froch, Darren Barker, Ricky Burns, and Scott Quigg, along with Tony Bellew, Kell Brook, and Olympic gold medalists Anthony Joshua and Luke Campbell.
GRAHAM HOUSTON: Born July 17, 1942, in Kingston, Surrey, England. ... Has been covering boxing since 1963, beginning with the South London Advertiser. ... Was editor of the Boxing News from 1973-77 and Boxing Monthly from 1991-92. ... Moved to Canada and served as American correspondent for both magazines. .. In 1992 was named American editor for Boxing Monthly, a position he still holds. ... Also worked as boxing columnist for the Vancouver Sun from 1994-99 and American editor of British Boxing Weekly in 1990-91.
NEIL LEIFER: Born Dec. 28, 1942, New York. ... Began his professional career as a freelance photographer for Sports Illustrated in 1960 and remained there until 1978. ... During his 18 years at SI, 170 of his photos appeared on 40 covers. ... His body of work includes two of the most iconic images in boxing history — Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston in their 1965 rematch and the overhead photo taken from the rafters of the Houston Astrodome of Ali standing victorious over Cleveland Williams in 1966. ... Has published nine books of his collections of sports photographs. ... Shot 16 Olympics and has photographed nearly every major heavyweight title bout since the 1960 rematch between Floyd Patterson and Ingemar Johansson. ... His photos also appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, Look, LIFE and Newsweek. ... Works as a full-time filmmaker, producer and director.