January 27, 2023

Through Ken Hisner: Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr. and Rafael Marquez, two-division world champions whose exciting styles earned both “Fight of the Year” accolades, as well as world super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch have been inducted into International Boxing Hall fame.

The members of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum are Bradley (US), Marquez (MEX) and Froch (UK) in the Modern Men’s category, champions Alicia “Slick” Ashley (Jamaica) and Laura Serrano (Mexico) in the women Modern category, matchmaker Brad Goodman (US), trainer Joe Goossen (US) and promotion manager Brad Jacobs (US) in the Non-Participant category, and television manager Seth Abraham (US) and host Tim Ryan (Canada) in the Observer category.

Light Heavyweight standout Tiger Jack Fox (USA), Flyweight World Champion Pone Kingpetch (Thailand) in the Old Timer category and JoAnn Hagen (USA) in the Women’s Trailblazer category will enter Hall posthumously.

The 2023 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend is scheduled for June 8-11 at “Boxing’s Hometown.”

Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr., held the WBC and WBO Light Welterweight and WBO Welterweight titles. His record was 33-2-1, with 13 stoppages from August 2004 to April 2016. He is from Palm Springs, CA.

Bradley won the WBC Super Lightweight title in May 2008, winning a split decision over Junior “The Hitter” Witter, 36-1-2, at the Nottingham Arena in Nottingham, UK, improving his record to 22-0. Scoring a knockdown in the sixth round won him the fight.

Defense followed with decisions over Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry, 24-5-2, uniting over WBO champion Kendall Holt, 25-2, Nate “The Galaxy Warrior” Campbell, 33-5-1, after winning the first three rounds, an accidental cut to Campbell’s left eye stopped the fight at the end of the third round, a win changed three weeks later with a ruling of no contest.

In December 2009, Bradley defended his WBO title by defeating Lamont “Havoc” Peterson 27-0, following a non-title victory over Luis “El Potro” Abregu, 29-0, of Argentina.

He then followed with title defenses over Devon “Alexander The Great” Alexander, 21-0, Cuba’s Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor, 38-5-1, by stoppage, what this writer calls a contested split decision over a multi-division world. champion Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao, 54-3-2, Ruslan “The Russian Rocky” Provodnikov, 22-1, Juan “Ditamita” Manuel Marquez, 55-6-1, and a Pacquiao, 55-5-2, rematch , lost his title in April 2014.

Then a split decision tie with Diego “El Joya” Gabriel Chaves, 23-2, of Argentina, defeating Jesse “The Pride of Las Vegas” Vargas, 26-0, for the WBO Interim World Welterweight title, stopping Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, 33-2-1, for the WBO World title and ended his career with a third bout losing to Pacquiao, 57-6-2, for the WBO International title in April 2016 in his final match.

Rafael Marquez held the IBF bantamweight and WBC superbantamweight world titles. He is from Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico.

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Marquez fought from September 1995 to September 2013, racking up a 41-9 record with 37 stoppages.

After Marquez retired on his pro debut, he won twenty-five of his next twenty-eight fights. In his first win against a major opponent, he defeated former IBF Flyweight and Super Flyweight Champion Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson, 40-1, by split decision in October 2001, improving his record to 26-3.

In their rematch, Marquez stopped Johnson for the vacant IBF USBA Bantamweight Title and an eliminator for the IBF World Bantamweight Title.

Two fights later, in February 2003, Marquez stopped Tim “Cincinnati Kid” Austin, 25-0-1, for the IBF World Bantamweight title.

Marquez would follow with seven successful title defenses, starting with a decision over Mauricio “El Pintoso Indio Boy” Pastrana, 30-3-1, “Sweet” Pete Frissina, 27-3-1, Heriberto “Cuate” Ruiz, 31-2 – 2, in a rematch that stopped Pastrana, 31-4-1, Ricardo “Chapo” Vargas, 38-10-3, and added the IBO world title that stopped Silence “African Spice” Mabuza, 18-0, and again in a resit.

In March 2007 Marquez stopped WBC World Super Bantamweight champion Israel “Magnifico” Vazquez, 41-3. In a rematch he lost, was stopped by Vazquez, and in their third meeting he lost by split decision. Two fights later, in their fourth meeting, Marquez won the WBC Silver title, stopping Vazquez 44-4.

In his next fight, Marquez was stopped by WBO Featherweight World Champion Juan “Juanma” Manuel Lopez, 29-0, of Puerto Rico. Two fights later in October 2011, he lost by decision to WBC World Super Bantamweight Champion Toshiaki Nishioka, 38-4-3, of Japan.

After winning his next fight, Marquez lost his next two fights by stopping, first to former World Super Flyweight Champion Cristian “El Diamante” Mijares, 46-6-2, and in his final fight to Efrain Esquivias, 16-2 -1 September 2013.

Marquez is the brother of four-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez.

Carl “The Cobra” Froch held the WBA, WBC and IBF World Super Middleweight titles. He fought from March 2002 to May 2014, racking up a record of 33-2 with 24 stoppages. He is from Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK.

Froch was 23-0 after winning the British and Commonwealth titles when he beat Canada’s Haitian Jean Pascal, 21-0, for the WBC World Super Middleweight title, in December 2008, at Nottingham Arena. He would go to the US in his first defensive backlog on two of the scorecards to hold off former Middleweight Champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor, 28-2-1, in the twelfth and final round.

Froch would go on to defend his title in Nottingham, winning a split decision over Olympic bronze medalist Andre “The Resurrected” Dirrell, 18-0. Then, six months later, in Denmark, he lost his title by decision to former world champion Denmark, Mikkel “Viking Warrior” Kessler, 42-2.

In Froch’s next fight, he defeated former middleweight champion “King” Arthur Abraham, 31-1, for the vacant WBC World Super Middleweight title in Helsinki, Finland, in November 2010. He then defeated former light heavyweight champion Glen “Road” by majority decision Warrior” Johnson, 14-51-12, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

In December, he would lose to WBA World Super Middleweight Champion and former Olympic gold medalist Andre “SOG” Ward, 24-0, by decision again in Atlantic City. Five months later, he stopped IBF World Super Middleweight Champion Romanian Lucian “Le Tombeur” Bute, 30-0, of Canada, at Nottingham Arena, in May 2012.

Froch defended that title, stopping Philadelphia’s Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack, 31-4-2, at Nottingham Arena. Then he won in a rematch with now WBA world champion Kessler, 46-2, at the O2 Arena.

IWBF World Featherweight, WIBF World Super Bantamweight, NABF Super Bantamweight and WBC World Super Bantamweight champion Alicia “Slick” Ashley was born in Jamaica and lived in Brooklyn, New York where she fought from January 1999 to March 2018.

Ashley, a southpaw, had a final record of 24-12-1 with 4 stoppages. She fought in Canada, the Virgin Islands, Argentina, Austria, Guyana, North Korea and China.

Ashley made her debut at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee matchmaker Don Elbaum stayed off for years.

At the Viking Hall in Philadelphia, promoter Diane Fischer of Dee Lee Promotions was promoted in June 2000. Ashley defeated former WIBF World Super Bantamweight Champion Leona “Downtown” Brown 8-3 in the Main Event to improve to 4-3. In her next fight, she beat Kelsey “Road Warrior” Jeffries 8-1, whose only loss this year was to Laura Serrano, this year’s other inductee. Jeffries finished with a record of 41-11-2.

Two fights later, Ashley defeated Jeffries again for the vacant IWBF World Featherweight title. In between, she tied with two-division world champion Layla “Amazing” McCarter, 9-5-2, who finished with a record of 45-13-5.

In March 200f, Ashley defeated Elena “Baby Doll” Reid, 16-1-5, who tied six months earlier with WIBF World Flyweight Champion Regina Halmich, 45-1, in Germany. Reid finished with a record of 19-6-6. In Ashley’s next fight, she defeated Alesia “The Tigress” Graf 10-0. Graf would go on to become the WIBF World Super Flyweight Champion, finishing 29-8.

In July 2011, Ashley won the WBC World Super Bantamweight title by beating Christina Ruiz 6-3-1. In her second defense, she beat Panama’s Chanttall “La Fera” Martinez, 18-5. She won the WBC title again by defeating Ireland’s Christina “Lightning” McMahon 7-0 in Brooklyn, NY. In her last fight, she lost 10-0 to Danish Dina Thorslund for the WBC Interim World Super Bantamweight title in Denmark. Thorslund finished with an 18-0 record.

WIBF World Lightweight and IWBF Continental champion Laura “La Poeta del Ring” Serrano fought from May 1994. In her debut she drew with Christy “Coal Miner’s Daughter” Martin, 21-1-1. She finished in September 2012. She was born in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, and lived in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her final record was 17-5-3 with six stoppages.

In Serrano’s seventh fight, she beat Tracy “The Lady” Byrd 11-1, sister of world heavyweight champion Chris Byrd. In August 2000, Serrano drew WIBA World Super Featherweight Champion Melissa “Honey Girl” Del Valle, 19-0. In her next fight, she lost to Canada’s Jeannine Garside 5-0-1 for the vacant WIBA World Featherweight title.

Two fights later, Serrano fought again, losing to WIBF Featherweight World Champion Ina Menzer, 18-0, of Germany’s KAZ. Menzer finished with a record of 31-1.

World Flyweight Champion Pone Kingpetch, 28-7 with 9 stoppages. He was from Hua Hin, Thailand. He fought from May 1994 to April 1966.

Kingpetch, 20-3, defeated this writer’s favorite South American boxer, Olympic gold medalist and world flyweight champion Argentina’s Pascual Perez, 54-1-1, in April 1960 and again in the rematch, this time by stoppage.

Some of Kingpetch’s wins were over Mitsunori Seki, 21-2-1, of Japan, and Chinese native Kyo Noguchi, 36-6-5, of Japan. He would lose to Japan’s Fighting Harada, 26-1, but beat him in their rematch. He would do the same, losing to Japanese Hiroyuki Ebihara 36-1-1, defeating him in the rematch for the WBA and WBC World Flyweight titles. He lost in Rome to Italy’s Salvatore “Tori” Burruni 76-3-1, who finished his career with a record of 99-9-1.

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