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On Sunday, May 18th, the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame will induct a new class of ten outstanding boxing people in their annual banquet event.  This year’s class includes six boxers – both living and deceased, three storied corner men, and one beloved Philadelphia sports writer. 

Leading the class is star trainer Brother Naazim Richardson, the coach of current light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins and USBA heavyweight champion Steve Cunningham.  Amateur coach Mitch Allen, a trainer for more than 60 years who produced 21 national amateur champions during the stretch, is also slated for induction, along with legendary cut man Leon Tabbs, who also worked with Bernard Hopkins for many years. 

The honored boxers include:

Junior middleweight knockout artist Earl Hargrove, who scored 24 straight KOs to start his career.  Hargrove fought for the IBF world title in 1984, and retired in 1995 with a 32-6, 28 KOs career record.

Jacqui Frazier-Lyde, the daughter of former world heavyweight champion Joe Frazier, is the first woman to enter the PABHOF.  She won five title belts in three different weight classes between 2000 & 2004, and posted a 13-1, 9 KOs & 1 ND during her career.  Technically, Frazier-Lyde, currently a Municipal Court Judge for the City of Philadelphia, was inducted in a separate ceremony at Philadelphia City Hall on May 1st to avoid any conflict of a City Official being the guest of honor at a non-City event.  Frazier-Lyde will be in attendance at the induction ceremony on Sunday. 

Welterweight Mike Picciotti, a popular attraction in both Philadelphia and Atlantic City between 1976 and 1986.  Picciotti defeated Kevin Rooney, Pablo Baez, and Johnny Cooper during his 31-4-3, 16 KOs, professional run. 

Heavyweight Ed “Gunboat” Smith, who fought a who’s who of heavyweight talent between 1909 and 1921.  At the height of the White Hope Era, Smith won the “White Heavyweight Championship of the World” in 1914, and holds wins over legends Sam Langford, Jess Willard, Battling Levinsky, Jack Blackburn, and Frank Moran.

Percy Manning, an outstanding welterweight of the 1960s, who was the first to defeat Bennie Briscoe, and also won a 10-round decision over former champion Luis Rodriguez.  Manning went 17-7-1, 11 KOs in his career, and only lost to top-flight talent. 

1930s lightweight Jimmy Tygh, who packed 70 bouts into just four years.  His 47-18-5, 9 KOs, record included wins over Tony Canzoneri, Benny Bass, and Eddie Cool.  Tygh began his career with a 30-0-1 unbeaten streak. 

Rounding out the 2014 class is longtime Philadelphia Daily News sportswriter and columnist Stan Hochman, who adds the PA Boxing Hall of Fame to his long list of honors. 

The PABHOF event begins at 4:00 PM on Sunday, May 18, 2014.  Tickets can be purchased by contacting John Gallagher at 215-920-8791.



John DiSanto - Philadelphia - May 12, 2014