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Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 12 December 2012

art_gatti.jpgCANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) _ A look at the 11 people to be inducted June 9, 2013, into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum:


Arturo ``Thunder'' Gatti: Born April 15, 1972, in Calabria, Italy, and raised in Montreal. ... Turned pro in 1991 and relocated to Jersey City, N.J. ... Captured USBA junior lightweight title in 1994 before defeating Tracy Harris Patterson for the IBF 130-pound belt in 1992. Stopped Wilson Rodriguez in the sixth round in his first title defense, won a decision over Patterson in a rematch, and knocked out Gabriel Ruelas in the fifth round in 1997. ... Relinquished his belt in 1997 to fight as a lightweight. ... Was knocked out by Angel Manfredy in 1998, lost two 10-round bouts against Ivan Robinson. ... After suffering a knockout in the fifth round to Oscar De La Hoya in a welterweight fight, moved to the 140-pound division and fought three memorable bouts (2002-03) with ``Irish'' Micky Ward, winning two of them. ... Captured the vacant WBC junior welterweight crown with a 12-round decision over Gianluca Branco in 2004 and defended with a second-round knockout of Leonard Dorin and a fifth-round knockout of ``Jesse'' James Leija. ... After a loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr., fought three more times. ... Retired in 2007 with a record of 40-9 with 31 knockouts. ... Died July 11, 2009, in Brazil.

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Virgil ``Quicksilver'' Hill: Born Jan. 18, 1964, in Clinton, Mo., and grew up in Grand Forks and Williston, N.D. ... Compiled a 288-11 record as an amateur. ... Won middleweight silver medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. ... Turned pro at Madison Square Garden in 1984 and in his 19th bout in 1987 defeated WBA light heavyweight champ Leslie Stewart on a fourth-round knockout. ... Defended his title 10 times, including a 12-round decision over Bobby Czyz, a first-round knockout of James Kinchen, and a 12-round decision over Tyrone Frazier before losing the crown to Thomas Hearns in a 12-round decision in 1991. ... Won the vacant WBA title with a 12-round decision over Frank Tate and won 10 more in a row. ... Lost a unification bout in 1997 with WBO champion Dariusz Michalczewski in a 12-round decision. ... Scored a first-round knockout over Fabrice Tiozzo for the WBA cruiserweight title to become a two-division champion. ... Lost the title to Jean Marc Mormeck on a ninth-round knockout and won a 12-round decision in 2006 over Valery Brudov for the vacant WBA belt. ... Retired in 2007 with a pro record of 50-7 with 23 knockouts.

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Myung-Woo Yuh: Born Jan. 10, 1964, in Seoul, South Korea. ... Turned pro in 1982 at age 18 after going 4-1 as an amateur. ... Won 36 straight fights over a nine-year span, taking the vacant OPBF light flyweight crown with a third-round knockout of Edgar Inocencio in 1984. ... Won the WBA light flyweight crown with a 15-round decision over Joey Olivo in 1985. ... Over the next six years defended his title a record-setting 17 times. ... Lost the WBA title in 1991 to Hiroki Ioka on a 12-round decision. ... Reclaimed the crown in 1992 with a 12-round decision over Ioka. ... Scored a 12-round decision over Yuichi Hosono in 1993 to retain the title, then retired at age 29 with a 38-1 record with 14 knockouts as a pro.

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Wesley Ramey: Born Sept. 17, 1909, in Everett, Mich. ... Turned pro in 1929 after a brief amateur career and became one of the star lightweights of the 1930s. ... In 1932 defeated former featherweight and junior lightweight champion Benny Bass and in 1933 scored wins over future junior welterweight king Battling Shaw, former junior welterweight champ Johnny Jadick and a 10-round win over lightweight champion Tony Canzoneri in a non-title bout. ... Became known as the ``Uncrowned Lightweight Champion'' as a title bout eluded him and registered wins in Australia, South Africa and England. ... Retired in 1941 with a record of 158-26-11 with nine knockouts. ... Trained amateur and professional fighters in Grand Rapids before dying in 1997.

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Jeff Smith: Born Jerome Vincent Jeffords on April 23, 1891, in New York City. ... Fighting as Jeff Smith, turned pro in 1910. ... One of the most traveled fighters in history, ``The Bayonne Globetrotter'' boxed in France, Australia, England, Canada and Mexico. It is estimated he traveled nearly 500,000 miles during his 17-year career. ... An outstanding defensive fighter with an effective left hook, while in Australia he bested Eddie McGoorty and Jimmy Clabby in 20-round decisions in 1914 before splitting two fights with Less Darcy the next year. ... Unable to secure a title fight, earned recognition as the ``Uncrowned Middleweight Champion'' and frequently fought light heavyweights and heavyweights, including Hall of Famers Georges Carpentier, Tommy Loughran and Gene Tunney before retiring in 1927. ... Official record stands at 149-31-5 with 52 knockouts. ... Served as a physical education instructor and taught boxing at a YMCA before his death in 1962 in Levittown, N.J.

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Joe Coburn: Born July 20, 1835, in Ireland. ... Emigrated to the United States at an early age and settled in New York City. ... Became an apprentice bricklayer and during his spare time studied boxing and began sparring. ... Turned pro in 1856 and in his first fight battled Ned Price for 3 hours and 20 minutes in Boston, winning a decision after 160 rounds. ... Remained undefeated throughout his career, defeating Mike McCoole in 67 rounds in 1863 and twice drawing with Jem Mace in 1871. ... Retired after the second fight with Mace and more than a decade later participated in exhibition bouts with John L. Sullivan in New York and Boston. ... Died Dec. 6, 1890, in New York City.

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Arturo ``Cuyo'' Hernandez: Born Nov. 2, 1911, in Juanacatlan, Mexico. ... Widely regarded as one of the greatest managers in Mexican boxing history. ... Guided bantamweight champion Carlos Zarate, strawweight king Ricardo ``Finito'' Lopez and bantamweight and featherweight champion Ruben ``El Puas'' Olivares. ... Also worked with Lupe Pintor, Rafael ``Bazooka'' Limon, Baby Casanova, Alfonso Zamora, Rodolfo Martinez, Gabriel Bemal, Ricardo Arredondo and Alexis Arguello. ... In total, worked with 12 world champions and 37 Mexican national champions. ... Died in November 1990 at age 79.

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Mills Lane: Born Nov. 12, 1937, in Savannah, Ga. ... Took up boxing in the U.S. Marine Corps and after an honorable discharge enrolled at the University of Nevada-Reno and won an NCAA boxing title in 1960. ... Graduated in 1963 with a law degree and turned pro, compiling a 10-1 record before turning his attention to refereeing in 1964. ... Quickly earned a reputation as a no-nonsense referee respected for his fairness, judgment and professionalism. ... In late 1970s coined his trademark pre-fight phrase, ``Let's get it on,'' and became a fan favorite. ... Retired in 1998 with more than 100 title bouts to his credit.

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Jimmy Lennon Jr.: Born Aug. 5, 1958, in Santa Monica, Calif. ... Graduated from UCLA with a psychology degree in 1981 and began teaching at a private school. ... At the urging of his father, famed ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Sr., announced his first fight in 1981 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. ... Widely hailed for his finesse, class and flawless pronunciation of difficult names, Lennon often introduces foreign fighters in their native tongue. ... Since 1991 has been the ring announcer for Showtime's Championship Boxing.

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Ted Carroll: Born July 6, 1904, in New York City and grew up in Greenwich Village. ... Graduated from the High School of Commerce and served four years in the Army. ... Known as a master boxing cartoonist, his artwork graced the pages of The Ring for more than 50 years and he was also a frequent writer for the magazine, providing insight of the top fighters and fights and authoring a series on the history of African-American fighters. ... Died in 1973.

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Colin Hart: Born April 6, 1935, in England. ... Developed a passion for boxing at a young age and began his journalism career at the Daily Herald in 1958 as a news reporter. ... Joined the sports department in 1962 and began covering boxing two years later. ... After the Herald folded, he was boxing correspondent for The Sun newspaper. ... His first assignment for the paper in the United States was the first fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier at Madison Square Garden in 1971. ... Covered George Foreman-Ken Norton, Ali-Foreman, Ali-Frazier III, Sugar Ray Leonard-Thomas Hearns I, and bouts involving Lennox Lewis, Ken Buchanan, Joe Calzaghe, and Ricky Hatton. ... Retired in 2000 but returned to serve as The Sun's boxing columnist. ... First British writer to win the Nat Fleischer Award for excellence in boxing journalism (2011).

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