With the first wave of honorees set to be inducted into the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame, tickets are now on sale for the groundbreaking ceremony which will be held May 26-28 at Claridge a-Radisson Hotel in Atlantic City.
Among the honorees (listed in alphabetical order according to section; * indicates those who are confirmed to attend):
Boxers - Arturo "Thunder" Gatti (posthumous), Larry Holmes, Leavander Johnson (posthumous), Matthew Saad Muhammad (posthumous), Dwight Muhammad Qawi*, Mike Rossman*, Michael Spinks*, Mike Tyson*
Trainers & Cutmen - Lou Duva (posthumous), Mike Hall Sr. (posthumous), Bill Johnson*
Officials - Dr. Frank Doggett, Larry Hazzard Sr.*, Steve Smoger*
Non-Participants - Don Elbaum*, Frank Gelb*, Don King*, J Russell Peltz*
Once a high-profile gambling town where boxing thrived, the city itself has fallen prey to bankruptcy, poverty and depression in recent times. The boxing scene is no longer what it once was in Atlantic City, with Sergey Kovalev's 12-round shutout of Bernard Hopkins in Nov. '14 the last major event to be held along the coastal strip.
At the very least, though, memories of what used to be can never be taken away.
"All of my great fights in Atlantic City are so memorable," stated Tyson, the former undisputed World heavyweight champion and the centerpiece for boxing at its prime in the gambling town. "The Spinks fight, Larry Holmes and an array of other legendary fights I participated in. I'm looking forward to coming to Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame to receive my honors."
Ticket prices and packages are as follows (listed in chronological order):
Rooftop Kickoff: The Vue, May 26th | Doors open at 5P | Time: 5P-8P EST | $65 General Admission
The Art of Music & Boxing: Celebrity Theatre, May 26th | Doors open at 7P | Show starts 8P to 11P EST
Fight Fan Experience: Conference Center, May 27th | Doors open 9A | Time: 10A to 4P | $30 General Admission
2017 Honoree Gala: Art Gallery, May 27th | Doors open 7:15P | Time: 7P to 11P EST | $125 General Admission
Inaugural Induction Ceremony: May 28th | Time: 6P EST | $40 General Admission
Tickets can be purchased online at www.acbhof.com as well as the following locations:
Claridge-A Radisson Hotel - 123 Indiana Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Atlantic City Police Athletic League (PAL) - 250 N. New York Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Starting Five Barber Shop - 711 N. Main Street, Pleasantville, NJ 08232
Dream Team Cutz - 631 Tilton Rd. Suite #541, Northfield, NJ 08225
2300 Arena - 2300 South Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148
As per the official press release, among the weekend's festivities:
- The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame will celebrate and remember the legacy of Lou Duva, Arturo "Thunder" Gatti, Matthew Saad Muhammad as well as hometown hero Leavander Johnson for their extraordinary careers spanning seven decades.
Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame looks to capture the heart and soul of true fight enthusiasts through our Inaugural Induction Ceremony & Celebration Weekend. Fight Fans will experience Atlantic City Boxing History through Live Curated and Interactive Exhibits, Legendary Boxing Stars, and Personalities, autograph signings and photo ops, unique vendors, food, games and much more. All under one roof at The Claridge - A Radisson Hotel Memorial Day Weekend 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.