ONTARIO AMATEUR BOXING - 2012 Hall of Fame Inductees
THE FIRST EVER INDUCTEES: By Brian Zelley
It was an interesting process of sifting through 50 nomineesand attempting to produce a short list by four individuals involved with the selection committee. At the end of the process, 18 were selected, and the other 32 will be in the running in 2013.
Asif Dar, Billy Irwin, Chris Johnson, Dennis Bradley, Egerton Marcus,
George Chuvalo, George Fraser, Horace Gwynne, Ian Clyde, Joe Sandulo,
Jerome "Hook" McComb, Lennox Lewis, Marc Leduc, Mark Simmons,
Michael Strange, Nicky Furlano, Shawn O'Sullivan and Walter Henry.
Each of the 18 inductees has a story that crosses through the decades and covers various levels of boxing from amateur to professional, and at various levels from boxing to coaching and officiating. Some of the inductees include Olympic medal winners including gold medal winners Horace "Lefty" Gwynne and Lennox Lewis. And, some are best remembered for their professional journey such as George Chuvalo who faced the best in the world in the Sixties and Seventies such as Muhammad Ali, Floyd Patterson, Joe Frazier and George Foreman.
Boxing Ian Clyde who was in the 1976 Olympics has a defining moment of class and grace following the announcement that Canada would not participate in the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Clyde took it upon himself, as the veteran of the Canadian team, to write a letter accepting the decision made by the politicians.
Other boxers would become well known in the nineties including Michael Strange, Billy Irwin and Marc Leduc who were all part of a solid Olympic team in 1992. Michael Strange would also participate in the 1996 and 2000 olympics. Strange may also be known for his participation of Ted Turner's Goodwill Games in Seattle in 1990 and the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, BC, Canada. and many other tournaments and events. Then there was Walter Henry who would represent Canada in the 1964 and 1968 Olympics and other tournaments into the early Seventies.