Who deserves to be elected to the 2015 IBHOF?
By Gerardo Granados: Only a few privileged boxing writers are allowed to decide who will be enshrined in to the IBHOF, but the fight fans could take a look at the list and decide for themselves who deserves to receive the honor to become a boxing immortal. This year there are some significant changes, such as now the modern era category fighters were moved up to 1988, there is a reduction to vote for five instead of ten but keeps only three elected.
Some measure a fighter based on statistics and achievements others on their fame and many on their overall boxing skills. On the last year list it was not so hard to pick the fighters but on this one the reader might have to take enough time to study the record and achievements of the boxers listed.
The list: Wilfredo Vazquez Sr., Darius Michalczewski, Vinny Pazienza, Rocky Lockridge, Donald Curry, “Prince” Naseem Hamed, Santos Laciar, Miguel “Happy” Lora, Henry Maske, Sven Ottke, Samuel Serrano, Hilario Zapata, Paulie Ayala, Nigel Benn, Michael Moorer, Riddick Bowe, Chris Eubank, Genaro Hernandez, Julian Jackson, James “Buddy” McGirt, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Sung-Kil Moon, Orzubek “Gussie” Nazarov, Lupe Pintor, Gilberto Roman, Leo Gamez, Ratanapol Sor Vorapin, Meldrick Taylor, Gianfranco Rosi and Fernando Vargas.
By the way do the readers know why Ignacio Beristain´s gym is called RomanZa?
My choices are: on first Wilfredo Vazquez Sr., he might be the less known of the Wilfredo´s (Benitez – Gomez – Vazquez); second Prince Naseem Hamed, helluva fighter and one who was never boring to watch; third Leo Gamez, who I believe is the second latino fighter to achieve world titles in four weight divisions; fourth Darius Michalczewski former cruiser and also a lineal light heavy who possess an impressive title fight record and fifth Olympic gold medalist Meldrick Taylor who for me could have avoided foes like Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. and Terry Norris and instead hand pick his opponent to build an impressive record but choose to fight against the best.
This is my vote of who I consider to have enough merits to be inducted in to the IBHOF; but how about the reader, who do you think deserves to be elected for the 2015 induction?