The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame has announced the Class of 2014.
Living inductees include former world champion Mike McCallum and top contenders Francisco Arreola and Jose Ribalta, trainer James “Buddy” McGirt, promoters Walter Alvarez, Luis De Cubas and Felix “Tutico” Zabala, historian Don Cogswell, boxing writer Santos Perez, boxing official Paul Herman, participants Ed Levine, Fred Levin and Leo Thalassites.
Those inducted posthumously include former world champion Kid Gavilan, contenders Tony Alongi, Carl “Red” Guggino and James Salerno, trainers Jose Caron-Gonzalez and Moe Fleischer and boxing official Alvin Goodman.
Jimmy Resnick and Peter Trematerra will receive Boxing Achievement Awards.
The 4th Annual SJC Boxing Gym Open House and Fundraiser is set for Saturday January 18, 2014 from 12:00 noon until 5:00 PM. The internationally known gym has trained boxers from 68 different countries, produced 10 professional world champions and numerous amateur champions. The SJC Boxing Gym, Inc. was set up as a 501(c)3 organization in 1992. The purpose of the Open House is to raise funds for the amateur program, to increase awareness and illustrate the importance of the programs offered, and to expose new people to the benefits that SJC Boxing provides.
There will be refreshments, door prizes, book signings and a 50/50 raffle. Members of the SJC Boxing Team will be present to meet everyone and to work out. There will be videos to watch of SJC Boxers in action. Many VIP guests will be in attendance, including some of the new and past inductees, lending their support, signing autographs, taking pictures and meeting everyone who comes by. Everyone is invited.
Donations will be accepted. For further information call 239-275-5275.