On November 12, 2009, Lindsey Tucker, IBF Championships Chairman, was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame during its 40th annual dinner and induction ceremony held at the Venetian in Garfield, New Jersey. Like many in the sport of Boxing, Lindsey Tucker started out as a young fan. In 1981 came his opportunity to be professionally involved in the sport when he was hired by former world heavyweight champion and New Jersey Boxing Commissioner “Jersey” Joe Walcott to work as an inspector for the New Jersey State Athletic Commission. He progressed with the commission and later went on to work as chief inspector, judge and timekeeper. Tucker has been involved with the IBF since its inception in 1983, when he became an associate member of what was then the USBA-I. In June of 2002 he was elected to the organization’s Board of Directors.
The opportunity to once again advance professionally in the sport came when IBF/USBA President Marian Muhammad appointed Tucker to his current position of IBF/USBA Championships Chairman, on April 25, 2003. In the years since, Tucker has approved hundreds of USBA and IBF title bouts in many parts of the world.
“I have attended many New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremonies but never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect to be inducted in the Hall of Fame,” said Tucker. “I’m on cloud 9.”
Among the honorees that evening were boxing scribe Dave Anderson of the New York Times; promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events; referee Benjy Esteves; former world champion Junior Jones; referee and judge Wayne Hedgpeth; former contender Darren Maciunski and judge Steve Weisfeld. Posthumously, Paulie Walker and the recently deceased Arturo Gatti were also inducted.
[In the photo, from left to right are: Henry Hascup, NJBHOF President, Marian Muhammad, Lindsey Tucker and Aaron Davis, New Jersey State Athletic Commisioner.]