Bowe, Mancini, Hamed and Smoger among inductees to Hall of Fame

Hilmar Rojas 16/06/2015

This weekend took place the 2015 induction weekend of the new immortal class of the Boxing Hall of Fame.

Among them stand out the former World Boxing Association champions, Yoko Gushiken who was the light flyweight world champion from 1976 to 1981, posthumous was for Masao Ohba who reigned in the flyweight division from 1971 to 1973. In the line of modern entered Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini owner of Crown the WBA lightweight from 1982 to 1984 and Riddick Bowe who reigned in the WBA heavyweight since 1992-1993.

They were inducted alongside Ken Overlin and Naseem Hamed; the publicist John Condon, the Mexican manager Rafael Mendoza, referee Steve Smoger, the journalist Nigel Collins and producer Jim Lampley.

The four WBA champions among the immortals of the IBHOF

Yoko Gushiken was born in Okinawa, Japan on June 26, 1955. He was the WBA mini flyweight champion from 1974 until 1981. He retired with a record of 23-1, 15 KO.

Left-handed guard, and fast, he was crowned when he knocked out the champion of that moment, Dominican Juan Antonio Guzmán when the Japanese only had nine professional fights.

He made 14 successful defenses before losing the belt by KO 12 to Pedro Flores on March 8, 1981 and retired.

Masao Ohba was born in Tokyo on October 21, 1949. He was flyweight champion from 1970 to 1973, the year of his death in a car accident and since then he is known as the eternal champion.

Graduated from high school, he joined the legendary Teiken gym, and became a professional Boxer in spite of his low weight and size. He made his debut in 1966 at age 17, and in 1970 took the opportunity of a world title winning by TKO 13 Berkrerk Chartvanchai, October 22.

Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini – Ray was born Ohio, United States on March 4, 1961. The italo American made his debut with a KO in 1979, and was WBA Lightweight Champion in 1982, when he beat by TKO 1 Arturo Frias.

He made four successful defenses before losing with Livingstone Bramble.

He retired with a record of 29-5, 23 KO.

Riddick Bowe was born Brooklyn, New York, United States on August 10, 1967. He made his debut in the professional boxing in 1989. On November 13, 1992 he beat Evander Holyfield on points.

He made two successful defenses before losing a rematch with Holyfield on November 6, 1993.

He retired in 2008 with a record of 43-1-0-1, 33 KO.