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Inaugural Florida BHOF inductions

The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame has officially announced the Class of 2009 inaugural induction weekend for November 13, 14, 15 in Tampa, Florida. Inductees include heavyweight champion Pinklon Thomas, three division world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Sr., longtime middleweight contender Florentino Fernandez, trainer/managers 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. Posthumous inductees include 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.

All living inductees are expected to attend the upcoming fun-filled weekend in November, along with many current world champions, top contenders, and boxing people.

The Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, where many of the weekend activities will take place, will have a special room rate of $69.00 per night, and reservations may be made by calling them directly at (813) 223-1351. A special total weekend ticket package can be purchased for $100.00 per person, in addition to tickets for the various individual weekend activities.

For making weekend reservations, purchasing tickets, or more information on the events planned contact the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame at web site: or e-mail:

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