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Hopkins, Marquez top Nevada Boxing HOF class

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The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame unveiled its seventh annual induction class on Tuesday, and it is led by all-time greats Bernard Hopkins and Juan Manuel Marquez in the non-Nevada resident category.

Hopkins, the former middleweight and light heavyweight world champion, and Marquez, the legendary Mexican star who claimed titles in four weight classes from featherweight to junior welterweight, are part of the 16-member class that will be enshrined during the Aug. 9-10 induction weekend at the Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas.

Other inductees in the non-Nevada resident category, as announced at a news conference hosted by Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame founder Rich Marotta and Hall of Fame broadcaster Colonel Bob Sheridan, include former undisputed junior middleweight world champion Ronald “Winky” Wright; former junior flyweight champion Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez; former lightweight and junior middleweight titlist Vinny Pazienza; and three-time junior middleweight titlist Terry Norris. Bobby Chacon, a former featherweight and junior lightweight titlist and one of boxing’s all-time action fighters, will be inducted posthumously.

Four fighters will be inducted in the Nevada resident category: former lightweight and junior lightweight titlist Joel Casamayor, who was also a 1992 Cuban Olympic gold medalist; former bantamweight titlist Wayne McCullough, who is from Ireland but like Casamayor has lived in Las Vegas for many years (and claimed a 1992 Olympic silver medal, losing to Casamayor in the final); and former heavyweight world champion Hasim Rahman. Leroy “Irish” Haley, a former junior welterweight titlist, will be inducted posthumously.

There will be five inductees in the non-boxer category: Floyd Mayweather Sr., who became a top trainer after his fighting days; longtime judge Duane Ford; Dr. Edwin “Flip” Homansky, a former ringside physician for more than 20 years; attorney and manager Marc Risman, who once was the lawyer for Joe Louis, among others, as well as manager for Virgil Hill and Trevor Berbick, among others; and the late, great promoter Dan Goossen, who promoted top fighters such as Andre Ward, James Toney, Michael Nunn, Terry Norris, Mike Tyson and brothers Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas. Goossen died in 2014.

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