Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Is SATURDAY



Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Is SATURDAY

Rich Marotta, the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame founder, has a high bar to clear, because he and his people have done a solid job crafting compelling induction ceremonies.

The radio vet/TV analyst tries to craft an emotional swell by putting together fight game personalities who are linked for the ages; this year, rivals for eternity Alexis Arguello and Aaron Pryor, both deceased, will be granted entry to the Hall.

I asked Marotta what he thinks the highlight of the Saturday evening fete is likely to be.

“I know you asked me about a highlight, not sure because we never know quite what to expect. Larry Holmes gave the funniest speech ever, Marvin Hagler was crying etc. One thing that will be different is we are going to do a tribute to Jack Johnson based on his pardon this year. Eddie Mustafa Muhammad will speak about Johnson and the pardon. Just to have glamour names like Shane Mosley and Laila Ali is a real buzz creator,” he told NYF.  “Some of presenters are interesting, Mark 2 Sharp Johnson presenting Kevin Kelley, Lamon Brewster presenting Laila Ali (at her request, good friends), Bob Arum presenting Harry Reid, and Evander Holyfield presenting Chris Byrd, they fought in 2002. Plus, we are inducting Arguello and Pryor together since they are forever linked.”
Indeed they are, YouTube provides proof, and more proof.
Here is a release which lays out more details on the induction:

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Aug. 6, 2018) – Michelle Corrales-Lewis, the CEO of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, announced a complete schedule for events for the Hall’s sixth annual induction weekend.


Remaining tickets for the meet and greet and the gala can be purchased at the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame’s website at or by going to


The prestigious induction ceremony will conclude the weekend and will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 7-10 p.m. in the Augustus Ballroom at Caesars Palace. The ceremony, which annually honors the best from Nevada’s rich boxing history, will be filled with boxing superstars.


Former Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, an ex-amateur boxer and professional judge, will headline the 2018 slate of inductees.


In addition to Reid, others being inducted are former women’s pound-for-pound champion Laila Ali, the daughter of the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali; three-division world champion Sugar Shane Mosley; ex-heavyweight champion Chris Byrd; former featherweight champion Kevin Kelley; power-punching ex-heavyweight Earnie Shavers; former Nevada state welterweight champion Don Miner; Top Rank president Todd duBoef; and long-time judge Jerry Roth. Being inducted posthumously are arch rivals Alexis Arguello and Aaron Pryor; Henry Armstrong; Jack “Doc” Kearns and promoter Bill Miller.


Among the many boxing legends who are confirmed to attend are Michael and Leon Spinks; Evander Holyfield; Roy Jones Jr.; Chad Dawson; Badou Jack; Jessie Vargas; Shawn Porter; Brandon Rios; Lamon Brewster; Ray Mercer; Michael Carbajal; Angel Manfredy; Joel Casamayor; Mike McCallum and Eddie Mustafa Muhammad.Many other notable boxers are expected to attend.


“This is a wonderful class and we are very proud of all of them and we’re eager to celebrate their many accomplishments in this wonderful sport,” Corrales-Lewis said. “We have come up with a full slate of events to make this an entire celebratory weekend. In a short period of time, we have built a reputation as a first-class Hall of Fame and the fighters look forward to this event every year. We are continually looking for ways to improve and I believe this will be our best year yet.”

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.