The Boxers’ Association will dedicate more Cleveland area fighters this weekend

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Ohio State Former Boxers Association is dedicating two classes to its Hall of Fame this weekend.

The organization is doing what the Professional Football Hall of Fame recently did, running two introductory courses in one year because Covid delayed the 2020 event.

The induction lunch will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday August 29 at the Holiday Inn in Independence. Tickets for the event are sold out, said Gene Glen, secretary of the organization.

The 10 dedicated amateur and professional fighters:

• Ernest Bailey, who has had over 100 amateur fights.

• Shawn Bailey, amateur record 53-12, 7-0 as a professional. (The Baileys are twins.)

• Robert Carson, Ohio State Heavyweight Champion.

• Joe DiSalvo, Golden Gloves champion, 10-2 pro record.

• Lee Kreisher of New Philadelphia, started in Toughman competitions and mixed martial arts, then boxed on Showtime and coached fighters.

• Scott Neal, who previously won the association’s Coach of the Year award.

• Robert Parks, amateur record of 59-6.

• Edward Reust, Cleveland Golden Gloves heavyweight champion.

• Jim Rumsey.

• Cleveland Watkins, a light heavyweight from Youngstown.

Other winners include:

• Joe Gentile, man of the year for the third time.

• Referee of the Year Doug Paterson.

• Carl Burton, Lifetime Achievement Award

• Nick Duganier and Rick Lozado, coach of the year

• Marty Healey, Bulldog Award, for his contributions and support.

• Antonio Rodriguez, “Little Bulldog” award, for his contributions and support.

Glen said the association is not limited to inducting boxers only.

“We put in people who are associated with boxing, maybe they were a coach or managed fighters and never boxed,” Glen said, adding that the organization has been around since 1966.

All the members nominate the future sanctuaries, then the executive committee draws up the list for approval.

Glen, who started fighting at bantamweight and ended up at welterweight, has been a member since 1973 and was inducted in 1982. He said he expected 175 people for Sunday’s celebration.

“Sometimes we only put two or three, but we had a lot of names,” said Glen, who is also a judge on the state boxing commission. “It’s bigger than usual.”

Sunday is a big day for boxing in Cleveland, with Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley headlining a night of fights at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

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