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Archive for Monday, June 11, 2001

Hall inducts 5 boxers

June 11, 2001

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— The day belonged to fighters from outside the United States as champions from four different countries were among those inducted Sunday into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

From Panama, there was Ismael Laguna, a two-time lightweight champion in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

From Mexico, there was Cuban-born Ultiminio "Sugar" Ramos, a fearsome right-hander who won the world featherweight title in 1963.

From Hungary, it was Laszlo Papp, the first boxer to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals.

Enshrined posthumously was England's Randy Turpin, who won European championships as a welterweight, middleweight and light heavyweight and became a national hero in 1951 when he upset Sugar Ray Robinson for the world middleweight title.

The four fighters were selected from the modern-era category along with American Willie Pastrano, who fought professionally 12 years before winning the world light heavyweight crown in 1963.

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