By Damon “Latinbox” Gonzalez
Florida: It was a night of extinguished boxing honors as
President of the Board of Directors for the Florida
Boxing Hall of Fame, Walter “Butch” Flansburg kicked off
the Inaugural dinner at the Howard Johnson’s here in
Flansburg “ The establishment of the Florida Boxing Hall
of Fame has been a dream of mine for many years, I
believe that everybody’s presence here tonight is not
only to enjoy an evening of fun and camaraderie, but
also an endorsement to make the Florida boxing hall of
fame a great success”.
The first inductee of the evening widely recognized as
one of Boxing’s finest Legendary Trainers Angelo Dundee
could not keep his finger off the cake, Dundee “ Boxing
is alive and well here in Florida, I am happy to be
apart of such a wonderful evening I am honored to be
here among such great talent here and great friends”.
Steve Canton “I feel good going in with this great group
of guys, I look forward in seeing everyone in induction
weekend in November Thank you”.
Jimmy Williams “ I thank you, I am pleased to receive
this honor, this is the height of my carrier training
kids for over 50 years, I am at the top of the mountain.
Pinklon Thomas “I look it how time has changed in my
life I want to thank Hank Caplin for being my mentor”.
Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. representing his father “I am very
proud to be here representing my father on behalf of my
family I want to thank you all”.
Johnny Boz “I remember being 7 yrs old watching great
fighters all my life, I want to be apart of this Hall of
Fame any way possible, Thank you”.
shown with fight factory trainer Orlando Fernandez.
honored and emotional Dr. Ferdie Pacheco was on hand and
clearly had a lot to be thankful for in boxing, Pacheco
entertained the crowed for close to 26 minutes of thanks
Florida Referee Brian Garry with Former lightweight
champion of the world Antonio Tarver.
Class of 2009: Luis Manuel Rodriguez, Ralph Dupas,
Willie Pastano, Florentino Fernandez, Pinklon Thomas,
Wilfredo Vazquez, Sr., Angelo Dundee, Steve Canton,
Jimmy Williams, Chris Dundee, Felis “Tuto” Zabala Sr,
Hank Kaplan, Irv Abramson, Mark Beiro, Marty Cohen,
Johnny Bos, Bob Goodman, Rick Folstad, Dr. Allen Fields,
Dr. Fredie Pacheco, Brian Garry, Max Parker, Phil Alessi,
Pete Fernandez and Terry Trekas.