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Florida Hall inductees!

The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame has announced the inaugural class of 2009 inductees. Living inductees include: heavyweight champion Pinklon Thomas, three division world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Sr., longtime middleweight contender Florentino Fernandez, trainer/manager Angelo Dundee, Steve Canton, and Jimmy Williams, promoter Tuto Zabala Sr., referees Brian Garry and Max Parker Jr., and in the non-participant category, Mark Beiro, Johnny Bos, Bobby Goodman, Rick Folstad, Dr. Allan Fields, and Dr. Ferdie Pacheco. The list of posthumous inductees are world champions Luis Manuel Rodriguez, Ralph Dupas, and Willie Pastrano, historians Hank Kaplan and Irv Abramson, promoter Chris Dundee, and Marty Cohen, in the non-participant category. Tickets for the June 27 dinner at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel in Tampa will be $75 per person or $100 per couple. For making dinner reservations or for more information on the events planned contact the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame president Walter “Butch” Flansburg at 813-884-7711.

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