Boxing is a sport with no shortage of interest, debate, and opinions regarding just about every aspect of the sport. At times the debates and opinions can surround subjects that can be described as negative that can unfortunately create a bad impression of the sport. There are occasions however, where the good the sport has to offer and those who have devoted their lives to Boxing should receive recognition. Such an occasion will take place on June 21st-June 23rd in Tampa, FL as the 2019 Florida Boxing Hall of Fame weekend will take place at the Westshore Grand Hotel.
The weekend of events will kick off on Friday June 21st with the annual amateur fight night event, which will feature some of the up and coming amateur boxers the state of Florida has to offer. On Saturday, June 22nd, the weekend will continue with an all day event featuring fist castings, a memorabilia sale, radio show, a referee/judge seminar with 2009 FBHOF inductee Brian Garry, the basic fundamentals of Boxing with 2011 FBHOF inductee Dwaine Simpson and Guy Simpson, book signings, and autographs. The festivities will continue later that evening with a banquet dinner. The weekend will conclude on Sunday, June 23rd with a breakfast with the inductees followed by the official induction ceremony of the 2019 Florida Boxing Hall of Fame class.
This year’s class includes:
Boxers: Jr. Middleweight and Middleweight Eromosele Albert, Jr. Welterweight Juan Arroyo, Former Lightweight world champion Nate Campbell, Former Light-Heavyweight and Cruiserweight Richard Hall, Jr. Featherweight Jimmy Navarro, Heavyweight Lou Esa, Lightweight Lamar Murphy, Light-Heavyweight James Scott.
Official/Commission: Telis Assimenios, Frank Gentile, Dr. Mel Jurado, Dr. Rodolfo Eichberg,
Trainer/Manager: Mike Birmingham, Pete Brodsky
Promoter: Nelson Lopez, Sr.
Media: Damon Gonzalez, Sean O’Grady
Participant: Henry Grooms, Chico Rivas, Pete Baleunas
Boxing Achievement Award: Emil Lombardi Jr., Mitchell Cypress
In addition to the annual Hall of Fame weekend of events, the FBHOF is committed to furthering the youth in the community with the establishment of the Don Hazelton Scholarship as well as supporting an ongoing book donation program and assisting ill or disabled veteran boxers. The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame weekend is a must for any fan of the sport of Boxing. This observer was honored to attend the FBHOF Amateur fight night event back in 2017 and one of the aspects of evening I really enjoyed beyond the atmosphere of the event was simply listening to the various inductees and other Boxing personalities share stories of their respective careers and involvement in the sport.
While the sport may never have a shortage of detractors and/or critics who will always look to point out the sport’s flaws, the Boxing fan should embrace the good the sport has to offer, take time to recognize and honor those who have dedicated their lives to the sport, as well as supporting the future of Boxing. The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame weekend is a truly great atmosphere for the Boxing community and its fans in the state of Florida. It is an experience that any Boxing enthusiast should enjoy.
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For more information about the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame and to purchase tickets, please visit: www.floridaboxinghalloffame.com. The full schedule of events can be found below.
Friday, June 21st- Annual FBHOF Amateur Fight Night Event 7:30PM Bell time, Doors open at 7PM
Saturday, June 22nd Day Event: 11AM-4PM Featuring Fist Casting, Memorabilia Sale, Book Signings and Autograph Signings.
11AM-1PM: Radio show
1:30PM: Referee/Judge Seminar with 2009 FBHOF Inductee: Brian Garry
2:30PM: The Fundamentals of Boxing with 2011 FBHOF Inductee: Dwaine Simpson and Guy Simpson
Saturday Night Banquet:
Registration: 6:30PM- Dinner: 7:15PM cash bar
Sunday June 23rd
Breakfast with the inductees: 8:30AM-9:30AM
Official Induction Ceremony: 11AM
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