45th Annual Award Ceremony and Dinner is May 19th in Philadelphia
The Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame has announced the 2013 class scheduled for induction at this year’s 45th annual ceremony. The ten member class is led by middleweight great Charley Burley, of Pittsburgh, PA, who is widely considered one of the best boxers never to fight for a world championship. The class also includes lightweight contender Ivan Robinson, Olympic Gold Medalist Tyrell Biggs, heavyweight contender Roy “Tiger” Williams, crafty welterweight Mario Saurennann, referee Steve Smoger, historian Chuck Hasson, and trainers Fred Jenkins Sr., John Mulvenna, and Norman Torpey Sr. The induction ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 19th at Romano’s Caterers, in Philadelphia.
“This is another excellent and diverse class of inductees,” said John DiSanto, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame. “Every year we do our best to honor the outstanding members of our local boxing community, and it is always exciting to see who gets voted in. For instance, Burley was one of the best middleweights in the world, let alone Pennsylvania, and he is long overdue.”
Roy “Tiger” Williams, who faced Larry Holmes, Earnie Shavers and Jimmy Young during his 13-year professional career, was elated to hear the news of his upcoming induction.
“This is excellent,” Williams said. “It’s about time they recognized me.”
Mario Saurennann fought numerous top welterweights between 1965 and 1978, and won the PA State Title in a classic 1971 Blue Horizon battle with C.L. Lewis.
“I feel very proud,” Saurennann said. “Being honored this way tells me that my hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed.”
Steve Smoger is one of the top referees in the business today, with more than 20 years in action and almost 200 championship bouts to his credit.
Upon hearing of his inclusion this year, Smoger said, “This is a marvelous class. I’m honored to be a part of it.”
“May 19th will be a great day,” DiSanto said. “Getting an opportunity to recognize and honor these memorable boxing people is extremely special to me and the rest of the PA Boxing Hall of Fame group. We love this sport and it is people like our 2013 class that got us hooked, kept us hooked, and made us the boxing fans we are today. I can’t wait to welcome these guys to the Hall of Fame and celebrate all of their accomplishments.”