NVBHOF announces class of 2015

Muhammad Ali fought Joe Frazier for the final time 40 years ago Thursday. Friday marks 35 years since Ali-Holmes. Getty Images

The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame’s 2015 class was announced on Thursday with all-time greats Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson leading the way in the 21-person class.

Honorees for the Nevada Hall’s third class were chosen in four categories: Nevada resident boxers, non-Nevada resident boxers, pioneers and non-boxer participants.

Among the honorees are 11 men who have previously been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

"We are very excited about our 2015 class of inductees. They are among the most glamorous and significant names in boxing history, and all have unmistakable connections to Nevada,” Rich Marotta, founder of the Nevada Hall and chief executive officer, said at a news conference at the Roy Jones Jr. Fight Academy in Las Vegas. “We plan to make our induction weekend in August the best ever."

The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction dinner and ceremony will be held in Las Vegas in August at a site to be announced.

Seven men were elected in the non-Nevada resident boxer category, led by three-time heavyweight champion Ali and former middleweight and welterweight champion Robinson, who is widely considered the greatest fighter in boxing history.

Others in the category include former middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler, former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, former three-division champion Marco Antonio Barrera, former three-division titleholder Felix Trinidad and former middleweight champion Gene Fullmer, all of whom had some of their biggest fights in Las Vegas.

The three inductees in the Nevada resident boxer category are former junior lightweight and junior welterweight world champion Roger Mayweather, who fought 41 times in Nevada and went on to become a top trainer; former light heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, now a top trainer and Nevada resident; and the late Johnny Tapia, a three-division champion who had some of his biggest fights in Nevada before he died in 2012.

Five were elected in the pioneer category: James J. Corbett (who fought 21 times in Nevada and fought Bob Fitzsimmons in the first world title bout in the state), Fitzsimmons, Jack Johnson, Joe Gans and promoter Tex Rickard.

In the non-boxer participants category six were elected: Lee Samuels, the longtime publicist for Las Vegas-based Top Rank; husband and wife duo Pat and Dawn Barry, who are heavily involved in Nevada’s amateur boxing program; longtime Reno Gazette-Journal boxing writer Steve Sneddon; longtime ringside physician Dr. Donald Romeo; famed ring announcer Chuck Hull; and Dr. Robert Voy, a highly respected ringside doctor.