Canastota, New York HOF Announces The Class of 2016

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The votes have been tallied, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame has announced the inductees for the Class of 2016.

The traditional ceremony of induction is part of “Hall of Fame” weekend, scheduled from June 9th to the 12th in Canastota, New York.

The inductees include:

Puerto Rico's Hector “Macho” Camacho, who held world titles as a Super Featherweight, Lightweight and Light Welterweight will be enshrined post-humously.

Mexico's Lupe Pintor was the WBC Bantamweight and Super Bantamweight World titlist in the late 1970s into the 1980s.

And Panama's Hilario Zapata, who held Light Flyweight and Flyweight world titles throughout much of the 1980's.

Also honored with induction was Old-Timer Petey Sarron of Alabama, who went on to become Featherweight Champion of the World back in 1936.

Trainer Whitey Esneault, a long-time fixture of New Orleans boxing best remembered as the trainer of Willie Pastrano.

The list of non-participants that were inducted includes Commissioner Marc Ratner, judge Harold Lederman, broadcaster “Colonel” Bob Sheridan and journalist Jerry Izenberg.

Congratulations to all of the 2016 inductees, and we urge everyone who can get to Canastota, New York in June for the “Hall of Fame” weekend. Check out more details on the weekend at The IBHOF website.

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Radam G :

They got it right by letting in Hector "Macho Time" Camacho on -- I believe -- the first ballot. And it was boss to holla at trainer Whitey Esneault. Plus the "Colonel" deserves every praise that the Hall has to give. Holla!


New York Tony :

Well done on the iron-chinned Petey Sarron.


miguel1 :

LOL I got to work with the Colonel on the old Bodog MMA shows, so I know him pretty well. He is a hidtoric figure, but at times lol, his tendency to say "he blasted him" when nothing is happening gets annoying.


Radam G :

LOL I got to work with the Colonel on the old Bodog MMA shows, so I know him pretty well. He is a hidtoric figure, but at times lol, his tendency to say "he blasted him" when nothing is happening gets annoying.
Like the late, great GTHOAT (Uncy) Howard Cosell, the Colonel "...nevah' [sic] played da gameee!" So his talking-head bulljive is for effect to get the fans to stick around and stay clued to his words by bytching. That is a trick of the trade. A talking head says dumb syet and the otherwise leaving fan will stay around to bytch at him. And so will your rating stay up because of the latent ToTT that you pulled on the bytching fan to get him clued on talk and not to walk. The Colonel is a typical genius. And geniuses are invisible and sneaky with it. The Colonel has been my pal since I was two-years old. He is wiser than a thousand-and-one owls. And will have the opposition throwing in the towels. Holla!


oubobcat :

They got it right by letting in Hector "Macho Time" Camacho on -- I believe -- the first ballot. And it was boss to holla at trainer Whitey Esneault. Plus the "Colonel" deserves every praise that the Hall has to give. Holla!
Camacho definitely deserved to be in on the first ballot. And the Colonel and Lederman were long overdue. I know some fans over the years have been critical of the Colonel's commentary. I enjoy him though and the one thing that nobody can argue is the passion in his voice when he calls a fight. It does not have to be a major fight either, he calls a four round fight between two club fighters with the same passion as a mega event. He truly loves the sport and that comes out in his commentating. Its long overdue and I am glad he finally gets his rightful place in Canastota.


miguel1 :

I enjoyed his work with Bodog, and he was a character who was very nice to me. I was the matchmaker, so I got to attend production meetings with him. MMA legend Royce Gracie was also on the broadcast team, and the Colonel carried the day.


dino da vinci :

@Radam. Wise old owl in what way? Please share?


miguel1 :

LOL I thought I recalled Mr D was not a Colonel fan.....


Radam G :

@Radam. Wise old owl in what way? Please share?
He is a wise old owl in his talking abilities to make the boring seen interesting. Like a great pug, he is doing just enough thinking. Like a pug knows when to use feints to set up whup @$$, he knows when to use make-believe booms of diz, dat and da third in every word of his voice when a scrap is straight-up stinking. He clues and glues the fans, fanfaronades, fanboys, fakes, groupies and haters to their seats by convincing them that some mean action is getting ready to pop off. In doing this, he is the tricks-of-the-trade boss. TBC talking head Miguel inadvertently posted about that. Scroll up and see how he tells it like it was when he was working a gig with the Colonel at "Bodog MMA shows." The Colonel's "annoying 'He blasted him,' when nothing was happening," in the words of Miguel was just one of the Colonel's classic talking-head feints to get the onlookers clued and to stay glued to watching. Thus, the Colonel was keeping rating solidly high. [Now don't tell me that is not a genius gettin' jiggy wif {sic} it.] The GOAT Ali knew what to say and how to say it to get butts in those seats. The Colonel knows what to say, how to say it and when to say it to keep eyes and ears behind those PPVs and closed-circuit shows. And with radio, he knows how to glue a listening audience with his float like a butterfly and sting like a bee talking-head/broadcasting skills and tactics. The old gent has been a monster talking-head genius. Few had a clue that on their arses the Colonel was using keep-your-arse-at-the-fights glue. A genius always hit it and quit it, and leave them (the audience) saying: "Oh SYET!" Now that is how geniuses roll with a bit of the "Art of War." Running your face hole or blazing your fists. And always having that clue to glue. Holla!


miguel1 :

I said the Colonel did what he did well, and he was overall a positive person who put in a game effort. I don't mind him. Here is the thing, and this goes for Don Dunphy, the Colonel, Al Bernstein - they all look at the "broadcasting" and TV aspect of their craft as well, and few are really truly subject matter experts in boxing, and that shows most of all when they are saying "he is blasting him" when nothing is going on. When they all write autobiographies and crap, they all dedicate time to their broadcasting exploits, and the only thing that makes them interesting is the boxing that they have been around.


Radam G :

I said the Colonel did what he did well, and he was overall a positive person who put in a game effort. I don't mind him. Here is the thing, and this goes for Don Dunphy, the Colonel, Al Bernstein - they all look at the "broadcasting" and TV aspect of their craft as well, and few are really truly subject matter experts in boxing, and that shows most of all when they are saying "he is blasting him" when nothing is going on. When they all write autobiographies and crap, they all dedicate time to their broadcasting exploits, and the only thing that makes them interesting is the boxing that they have been around.
All BIG-TIME geniuses they are. They never played "da game" of "blasting" an arse, but they know all the clues and glues to keep tons of arses listening to them and watching da imaginary blasting of one. It is all about the tricks of the trade. The fans and pundits get brain fog from the "he is blasting him" TOTT and are pulled into accepting that illusion like one fat, slaughtered hog. And that it what you saw the Colonel do at Bodog. Once again: GENIUS! Holla!