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Antonio Tarver, a bronze medal winner at the 1996 Olympics, is the only boxer in history to have won gold at the Pan Am Games, World Championships and U.S. Nationals all in the same year. As a pro, he had a storied career winning multiple championships and finished with a 31-6 (22 K0s) record.
Glen Johnson had an amateur record of 35-5 including two state Golden Gloves Titles. As a pro, he fought everyone and everywhere - earning the nickname, "The Road Warrior." His signature win was a TKO victory over Roy Jones Jr. which helped him win the coveted "Fighter of the Year" award in 2004.
Jameel McCline, despite having no amateur experience and getting a late start in boxing at the age of 25, became a top-ranked heavyweight contender. Though he never won the title, he is the only heavyweight boxer in history to challenge for the heavyweight championship on 4 separate occasions.
Danny  Santiago had a very successful amateur career winning several titles. His pro career was just as successful as he became one of the top light-heavyweights in the world. his final record is 34-7-1, 20 KOs.
Frankie Randall turned pro in 1981 and quickly established himself as a world-class fighter. He was the first to defeat Julio Cesar Chavis who came into the ring with a record of 80-0 and was a prohibitive favorite. His final record is 58-18-1 (42 KOs). He passed away in Dec 2020 at the age of 59.
Marcel Clay was a fixture on the Miami Beach boxing scene as it's Golden Era was winding down. He turned pro in 1971 and had an outstanding career. His final record is 23-9, 17 KOs. Marcel became an outstanding trainer after his own career ended.
Danny Sanchez came from Puerto Rico and relocated to South Florida where he became a fixture in the boxing business in the early 80s. He stepped out of boxing with a final record of 25-8, 12 KOs. He was an exciting fan favorite fighter who was always prepared and put on a good show.
Orlando Cuellar spent years traveling and working at various gyms to learn how to be a great trainer from some of the biggest names in boxing. In 2004 and 2010 he was nominated as trainer of the year by the Boxing Writers 
Association and won trainer of the year in 2004 by Boxing Scene.
Luis Camacho has worked as a trainer, cut man, conditioning coach and masseur. He spent 42 years as director and head coach of the Bronxchester Boxing Club in New York. He was also served as Metro USA Boxing President overseeing over 2000 boxers and 200 coaches.
Terry Trekas spent most of his early life watching boxing and dreaming of breaking into the business. In 1999, he started his promotional company, One Punch Productions. Over the next decade he promoted over 60 shows. He also worked as a site rep for many other big promotional companies.
Carole Myer became friends with Hank Kaplan who became her mentor and gave her the tools to enrich the sport's archival wealth. With Hank's help, she created the "Summary of World Championship Bouts held in the State of Florida".  She also runs the Inquiry Desk for IBRO and does an outstanding job.
Arcadio Castro Jr.: for almost two decades he has documented the Florida Boxing scene with on the sport drawings and sketches. He has painted the official program cover for the FBHOF since its inception. He has been the artist for many notable fights and fighters.
"Bad" Brad Berkwitt - was an amateur boxer in Miami. Later, while in the Navy, he started a boxing blog where he would interview some of the biggest names in the sport. His book, "Boxing Interviews of a Lifetime," is a classic. His "Ringside Report" was among the most popular websites in the world.
Rodolfo Aguilar began boxing in his native Panama at the age of 15 and developed into a world-class fighter, getting rated #1 in the world and challenging for world titles and finishing with a 37-8-3, 16 KO record. He became an outstanding trainer, matchmaker  and a licensed judge.
Walter "Butch" Flansburg, after serving in the US Marine Corp moved to Miami in the early 80s and was a boxing photographer during that great era. He became President of the NBA, a position he held from 1997 to 2018. In 2009 he founded the FBHOF which flourished under his leadership.
Orlando Fernandez is a skilled and dedicated trainer who learned from some of the best in the business. He is also an excellent cut man. He is the ultimate team player and has been a long-time volunteer for the FBHOF.
Charley "Doc" Williams was a world-class boxer during the 40s-50s., fighting all the top fighters of his era and earning victories over several members of the famed, Murderers Row but never got a title shot. He later became an excellent trainer, his prized pupil - Nate Campbell.
Alex Levin has been a boxing judge since 2001 and judged more than 1088 bouts. He has judged more than 25 world title fights all over the world, He was rated in the top ten of all judges based on the criteria of the POD Index. He remains active and enjoys helping young up and coming judges.
John Birmingham served 27 years as Chief Inspector for the Florida State Boxing Commission. It was his job to hire and train the new inspectors. He also served as Chief Inspector for the Miccosukee Boxing Commission for the entirety of its existence.
Richard Green, an Army and Vietnam Veteran, always loved boxing. He began training to be a judge in 1992 and two years later began his career. He has judged over 46 world title fights all over the world.
Bob Nicholson


GRAND OPENING OF FLORIDA BOXING HALL OF FAME MUSEUM AND
ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE CLASS OF 2021

While most were looking forward to new beginnings in 2021, The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame was looking forward to several. First and foremost, The FBHOF had a new location to announce a new year of events and a new regime in charge. For well over a decade, The FBHOF has kicked off the new year by announcing the details of the June induction weekend at the SJC Boxing Gym in Fort Myers, Florida. That part of the tradition continued but with a new and much bigger SJC Gym. New FBHOF President Steve Canton proudly announced a new location for the SJC Boxing Gym just a short distance from the old facility. For many years, The SJC Boxing Gym has been the host for pro and amateur boxers, including many world champions looking to train in an old school environment. “We have always been proud of our facility, but this new location will take our ability to train boxers to a whole new level” says Canton.

The new SJC Boxing Gym not only has a new home, but for the first time since coming into existence The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame has a permanent home for a museum at the gym. In just a matter of weeks, Canton and several volunteers began the process of putting together a three-room museum that houses the plaques and fist casts of all FBHOF inductees. Over the next few months, there will be a video room with a big screen tv to watch the YouTube Channel of the FBHOF and DVD's of the boxers who are inducted, and a room dedicated to memorabilia donated by inductees. There is even a gift shop where boxing fans can purchase clothing and memorabilia from the SJC gym and the FBHOF. Canton went on, “So many people volunteered and put in the work to make the Grand Opening celebration possible.”


Saturday, January 9th, was the official Grand Opening of the Gym and Museum. It was a huge turnout with over 300 present, including 57 Hall of Famers. The festivities kicked off with the official dedication of the facility and a ribbon cutting ceremony performed by the Mayor of Fort Myers, the Honorable Kevin Anderson. The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame officially announced the Class of 2021 that will be inducted in late June in St. Petersburg, Florida. “This is an amazing class which includes some huge names in the boxing world, and most of the inductees were on hand along with dozens of previous inductees,'' continued Canton. The new board of directors for the FBHOF was formally introduced, there was food and drinks available and world class singer Frank Pizano performed throughout the day. There were workouts, book signings, memorabilia, photos, autographs, interviews and more - a truly memorable day.

The SJC Boxing Gym and FBHOF Museum address: 
4220 Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers, Florida 33901

Contact: Steve Canton, FBHOF President 239-633-2412 
Bob Alexander FBHOF Vice President 941-391-0352




  FBHOF Class of 2021

                FIGHTERS
                Antonio Tarver
                Glen Johnson
                Jameel McCline
                Danny Santiago
                *Frankie Randall
                Marcel Clay
                Danny Sanchez

                TRAINERS
                Orlando Cuellar
                Luis Camacho

                PROMOTERS
                Terry Trekas
                HISTORIANS
                Carole Myer

                MEDIA
                Arcadio Castro Jr.
                Brad Berkwitt

                PARTICIPANTS
                Rodolfo Aguilar
                Walter “Butch” Flansburg
                Orlando Fernandez
                *Charley “Doc” Williams

                OFFICIALS/COMMISSION
                Alex Levin
                John Birmingham
                Richard Green

 SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
                Steve Harris
                Joey Orduna

 LIFETIME ACHEIVEMENT AWARD
                *Bob Nicholson

*Deceased 18 Living 2 deceased + 3 special awards
The Florida Boxing Hall Of Fame Museum
is now listed on Trip Advisor

4220 Cleveland Ave.
Fort Myers, Florida 33901
(in the same building as the SJC Boxing Gym)
Tour the museum  - All are invited - Free of Charge!
Bob Nicholson served in the U.S. Navy. He joined USA Boxing where he became President of the Florida Association and worked as a referee and judge.

Boxing
Achievement
Award
2021
Joey Orduna started promoting fights in 2012. A few years later he started matchmaking where he has established himself among the best in the business.
Steve Harris was one of the great amateur boxers with over 250 fights and many titles. He was the first in the Florida Association to win a National Championship. He later became a top trainer where he carries his Father (Lou Harris) legacy.