The Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame has announced their official class of 2012. The 2012 inductees include featherweight champion Oscar Gardner, light heavyweight Jimmy Delaney, legendary heavyweight, Billy Miske, heavyweight Jim Beattie Lee Savold, middleweight Jerry Slavin, heavyweight Jim Beattie, writer Dick Cullum, plus ring official Denny Nelson.
- · Oscar Gardner of Minneapolis was once the featherweight champion of America in the 1890’s and was one of the most feared featherweights of all time.
- St. Paul’s Jimmy Delaney is regarded by historians as the greatest light heavyweight the state has ever produced, and who fought men such as Maxie Rosenbloom, Harry Greb, and Gene Tunney.
- Legendary heavyweight Billy Miske from St. Paul, who three times fought Jack Dempsey and whose life story is well-documented as one of the most inspiring in sports history.
- Canby’s Lee Savold was a top contender during the 1930’s, 40’s and early 50’s, and was once the #1 rated heavyweight in the world. Savold fought memorable battles with Lou Nova, Bruce Woodcock, Billy Conn, Joe Louis, and Rocky Marciano.
- St. Paul’s giant heavyweight contender of the 1960’s & 70’s Jim Beattie. Beattie faced local rivals Scott LeDoux, Fred Askew, and Baker Boy Hurley in state thrillers, and was considered among the best in the world.
- Hopkins native Jerry Slavin, whose athletic skills led to him being labeled as “the Jim Thorpe of Minnesota” was a two-time Golden Glove champion and lost only twice in his professional career, one being to world-rated, Don Lee.
- Minneapolis Tribune reporter Dick Cullum, who covered professional boxing for six decades, and is generally regarded among the greatest of all sports writers in state history.
- St. Paul referee and judge Denny Nelson, who has officiated over 4,000 matches, including dozens of world title fights, rounds out the Class of 2012.
The Induction Banquet will be held on September 28th at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN. Tickets are $60 which includes the meal and the induction ceremonies. Social hour starts at 5p with the meal and festivities begin at 7p. Tickets can be purchased via the Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame website at www.mnbhof.org.
The Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and keeping alive the names of those who have contributed to Minnesota boxing throughout the past and present, including the boxers themselves, managers, trainers, and promoters, as well as others whose contributions have been made from outside the ring or right beside it.