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16 Dec 2013 | Intro Music

Hall of Fame Women of the Year : Mercedes Vazquez Simmons

Hall of Fame Women of the Year : Mercedes Vazquez Simmons
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Hall of Fame Women of the Year : Mercedes Vazquez Simmons

Bare Knuckle Hall of Fame Woman of the Year will be Promoter Mercedes Vazquez-Simmons.

 

When you think of bare knuckle boxers, you don’t usually think of women,” said Scott Burt, Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame coordinator. “But women have a history in boxing that goes back to the first recorded female bout in 1722. This year, we are honoring women who have had an impact on boxing.”

The list of inductees this year includes original bare knuckle boxers Elizabeth Wilkinson (Stokes), Hattie Stewart, Anna Lewis, Hattie Leslie and Alice Leary. From the modern era, the honorary inductees will be “The First Lady of Boxing” Christy Salters Martin, Champion boxer Downtown Leona Brown, Olympic coach Gloria Peek, and NYS Athletic Commissioner Melvina Lathan. In addition, reporter Nellie Bly will be an honorary inductee because of her 1889 interview of the Great John L. Sullivan while he was training here in Belfast. “We are also recognizing Hessie Donahue, who traveled the entertainment circle with Sullivan and actually knocked him out,” said Mr. Burt. He also stated the BKBHOF’s Woman of the Year will be Promoter Mercedes Vazquez-Simmons.

 

 

 

For more information and tickets about the July 12 Induction text 585-610-3326 or go to bareknuckleboxinghalloffame.com