The Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF) has named jr welterweight contender Delvin Rodriguez as their professional “Fighter of the Year” recipient. Tremaine Williams is the “Fighter of the Year” for the amateur category. Don Trella has been awarded as the winner of the “Official of the Year” plus Peter Timothy has been selected for the Achievement Award.
The award presentations, as well as induction ceremonies, will be held at the seventh annual CBHOF Gala Induction Dinner on Saturday, October 29th in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.
The 2011 CBHOF inductees are five-time world champion Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Paz; 1996 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team Captain, Lawrence Clay-Bey; world boxing judge Glenn S. Feldman; world light heavyweight title challenger Eric “Magic 2000” Harding; amateur boxing standout Kelvin Anderson; boxer, referee and coach Billy Taylor; and highly-respected ringside physician, Dr. Michael Schwartz.
The 31-year-old Rodriguez (25-5-3, 14 KOs), who lives in Danbury, fought to a ten-round majority draw this past July against Pawel Wolak in a candidate for the “Fight of the Year” award. In his most recent fight in Connecticut, Rodriguez easily won a twelve-round decision over former world title challenger Mike Arnaoutis at Mohegan Sun. Rodriguez is a two-time USBA welterweight champion. The Dominican native lost a controversial decision for the IBF title to Rafal Jackiewicz in Poland.
Williams attends New Horizons High School in New Haven. The 5’ 4” dynamo captured top honors at the 2011 National Golden Tournament in the 123-pound bantamweight division. He is a four-time Silver Gloves National Champion and finished third in his weight class at the recent U.S. Olympic Team Box-Offs.
Timothy was assigned as boxing commission for the Mashantucket Pequot Athletic Commission when it was first formed. He mentored there under the late John Burns, who was inducted into the CBHOF in 2006. Peter has regulated more than 150 professional and amateur boxing events, as well as mixed-martial-arts fights, at Foxwoods Resort Casino, MGM Grand at Foxwoods and other Native American Casinos during the past 17 years. Today, he serves as a boxing and MMA consultant for the Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Commission.
Trella, of Noank, has judged more than 200 bouts all over the world since 2002. He has worked 15 world title fights including Wladimir Klitschko vs. Ruslan Chagaev in Germany, Ricky Burns vs. Rocky Martinez in Scotland, and Miguel Cotto vs. Pauli Malignaggi in New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden. Don has also judged fights featuring stars such as Bernard Hopkins, Roy Jones Jr., Shannon Briggs, Victor Ortiz, Chad Dawson, Andre Berto, Marco Huck, Paul Spadafora and many more.
Tickets are $75 per person and available by calling Kim Baker at Mohegan Sun (860.862.7377) or Sherman Cain at the Manchester Journal Inquirer 800.237.3606 (x 321). Doors open at 5:30p. Cocktails are at 6p which is followed by dinner.
Go on line to www.CTBoxingHOF.com for more information about the 7th annual CBHOF Gala Introduction Dinner or the history of this organization.