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JUAN ARROYO: was born July 29, 1964 in Puerto Rico and moved to Miami, Florida at the age of 3. He first began boxing at the age of 13 and just a few short years later would be sparring regularly with world champions Wilfredo Gomez, Julian Solis and Jorge Lujan. His record is 37-5-4, with 16 Ko"s.
NATE CAMPBELL: born March 7, 1972, turned pro in 2000 in Tallahassee and quickly stormed through his opponents. He won his first 23 fights. His final ring record stands at 37-11-1-1, with 26 KOs. Campbell is now a personal trainer in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida.
EROMOSELE ALBERT: was born July 27, 1974 in Benin City, Nigeria. His final record stands at 24-6-1 with 12 KOs. Eromosele still lives in Miami and owns his own gym, Elite Fitness, where he continues to teach and inspire those interested in learning the “Sweet Science.”
LOU ESA: was born January 10, 1952 in Wayne, New Jersey. On July 22, 1975, Lou made a successful professional debut at the Miami Beach Convention Hall against James Edwards. He won his first 5 fights, all by first-round knockout, before suffering his first loss in April 1976.
RICHARD HALL: was born October 25, 1971 in Kingston, Jamaica. After moving to the U.S., Richard turned pro in 1993. He fought as a light heavyweight his entire career. “The Destroyer” knocked out his first 8 opponents and was 17-0 with 16 knockouts.
LAMAR MURPHY: was born January 6, 1973 in the Overton section of Miami, one of nine children. After continually fighting in the streets, Lamar turned to boxing and was a very successful and decorated amateur, winning several tournaments. He retired with a final record of 29-11-1, 29 KOs.
JIMMY NAVARRO: born December 1, 1963, was a very popular and exciting bantamweight from Miami. Jimmy’s final record  of 21-3, with 16 wins by K.O. After his own boxing career, he became a respected trainer at Tropical Park in Miami.
JAMES SCOTT: born October 17, 1947, is best known for having become a top contender in the WBA's light heavyweight division while incarcerated at Rahway State Prison in New Jersey. Scott finished his boxing career with a record of 19 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw. In 2012, he was inducted into the NJBHF
MIKE BIRMINGHAM: born September 16, 1959 in Youngstown, Ohio. After moving to St. Petersburg, Florida, brother Dan started training boxers in 1975. The following year Mike joined him and developed into an excellent and well-respected cornerman. He also became one of the better cut-men in the busines
PETE BRODSKY: born July 23, 1948, divides his time between Long Island, New York and West Palm Beach, Florida.  Brodsky has been a professional boxer, an accomplished and well-respected matchmaker, a trainer who has produced 6 professional world champions and several amateur Golden Gloves champions.
NELSON LOPEZ CAME TO S. FLORIDA FROM CUBA IN 1962, HE STARTED OUT AS A BOXER, LATER TURNING TO TRAINING AND FINALLY SETTLING IN AS A PROMOTER IN 1996.  NELSONS PROMOTIONS HAS WORKED WITH CHAMPIONS SUCH AS JOEL CASAMAYOR, RICKY QUILES, RAYMON GARBEYT, MAURICIO PASTRANA, ROBERT DANIELS, AMONG OTHERS.
DAMON GONZALEZ: born September 3, 1968, is the President/CEO of the National Boxing Association and CEO/editor at Latinbox Sports. On May 12, 2001 he first launched his Media Communications career with LatinBox at Madison Square Garden, from that point on his career in boxing was set.
SEAN O’GRADY:  was born February 10, 1959, in Austin, Texas, the son of boxing trainer Pat O' Grady and promoter Jean O' Grady. He started boxing professionally at 16. He had a record of 81-5- 70KO’s. Signed a contract with the USA Network to be a television broadcaster. He covered boxing until 1994
PETE BALCUNAS: was born July 17,1946 in Hamburg, New York. Before Pete joined the force, he boxed as both an amateur and professional, then began a career as a boxing coach. He was selected to coach the USA Boxing Team at the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina and 1998 Goodwill Games in New York.
HENRY GROOMS: born June 9, 1932, Henry has worked with some of the best-known names in modern boxing history, including Muhammad Ali, Leon Spinks,  Floyd Mayweather, Termite Watkins and Henry Tillman and more. After moving to FL, Henry continued to remain active training, managing and promoting.
CHICO RIVAS: born December 19, 1961, Rivas was the son of a professional soccer player in his native Honduras. In the Marine Corps his record of 60-7 as a welterweight. He has established himself as one of the top boxing trainers and matchmakers. He is an excellent coach.
TELIS ASSIMENIOS: born July 22, 1964, is the General Manager/COO of the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships in the Jacksonville, FL. Starting referring in 1989, Telis has worked 100’s of bout with some of the top names in the sport. Assimenios has worked bouts for the IBF, WBA, WBC and the WBO.
DR. RODOLFO EICHBERG BEGAN HIS CAREER AS A BOXING PHYSICIAN IN HIS NATIVE ARGENTINA IN THE EARLY 1960’S.  HE CAME TO TAMPA IN THE EARLY 70S AND WAS IMMEDIATELY RECRUITED TO WORK AS A RINGSIDE PHYSICIAN DUE TO HIS VAST EXPERIENCE. HE SERVED AS A PHYSICIAN FOR SEVERAL WORLD TITLE FIGHTS.
FRANK GENTILE: was born in Youngstown, Ohio. Frank started boxing as an amateur and had an excellent time competing between 1965-1972. Since moving to FL Frank has served as VP and head official of the Florida Boxing Association for several years. He won the National Coaches Award in 2002.
MEL JURADO: A Temple Terrace resident for more than 25 years. In March 2008, she was appointed by Governor Crist to serve (as the only woman) on the five-member, statewide, Florida Boxing Commission.  Later she became the first woman in FL's history to ever serve as the Florida Boxing Comm Chair..
MITCHELL CYPRESS WAS RAISED ON THE BIG CYPRESS RESERVATION AND GOT HIS FIRST TASTE OF BOXING WHEN HE FOUGHT AS A MEMBER OF THE US ARMY .  HE WOULD RETURN TO FL WHERE HE WAS ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF THE SEMINOLE TRIBE OF FL.  MITCHELL  PARTNERED WITH SEMINOLE WARRIORS BOXING TO BRING WORLD TITLE FIGHTS
EMIL LOMBARDI HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST RES- PECTED AND WELL KNOWN REFEREES IN THE BOXING BUSINESS FOR MANY YEARS.  HE STARTED AS A BOXING JUDGE IN FL, BEFORE MOVING TO PENNSYLVANIA WHERE HE BEGAN HIS CAREER AS A REFEREE.  HE RETURNED TO FL 7 YEARS LATER AND HAS BEEN A REFEREE HERE FOR OVER A 10 YRS.
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Fighter: RIchard Hall
Fighter:  Lou Esa
Fighter: Lamar Murphy
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Participant:  Henry Grooms
Official/Commission  Mel Jurado
Fighter: Eromosele Albert
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