12th annual Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame Induction & awards dinner review & photo gallery

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Last Friday night's 12 TH annual Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF) Gala Induction Ceremony and Awards Dinner, held in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun, was a major success by all standards. HBO "judge" and International Hall-of-Famer Harold Lederman served as the event's Master of Ceremonies.

The Class of 2016 inductees are Stamford amateur coach/boxer Orlando Montalvo, Newington former ESPN boxing director Bob Yalen, Wallingford boxer Sean Malone, Jr., New Bedford (MA) boxer "Sucra" Ray Oliveira, Waterbury judge/referee John "Duke" Lawson and Mashantucket Pequot Game & Athletic commissioner Kenny Reels.

The 2016 CBHOF award winners are its first female Boxer of the Year, Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent; Jacob Marrero, Amateur Boxer of the Year; Mike Mazzulli,Professional Boxing Official of the Year; Heather Concepcion, Amateur Boxing Official of the Year; Pete Hary, Contribution to Professional Boxing; and Carlos Nieves, Contribution to Amateur Boxing.

CBHOF president John Laudati announced the imminent opening of the new Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame, located in the heart of Mohegan Sun, as well as a scholarship fund to assist young boxers in their pursuit of a higher education as they pursue their boxing dreams.

"Boxing fans will now be able to visit the beautiful Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame when they are in the casino," Laudati said. "Thank you to the Board of Directors for all of your efforts to make this happen. Special thanks to Maynard Strickland, Don Trella, Mike Mazulli and Kim Baker who spearheaded the effort.

"I would also like to thank my friend, Tom Vaughn, whose father Tom, Sr., left money to donate to a worthy cause. Tom's dad was a boxing fan and these funds will be earmarked and grown for future scholarships to young boxers."

Go online to www.ctboxinghof.org for additional information about the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame, its 12th annual Gala Inductee Dinner, or past CBHOF inductees.

All pictures courtesy of Emily Harney Photography.

2016 CBHOF inductee Kenny Reels

2016 CBHOF inductee Sean Malone, Jr.

2016 CBHOF inductee John "Duke" Lawson

2016 CBHOF inductee Orlando Montalvo

2016 CBHOF inductee Bob Yalen

2016 CBHOF inductee "Sucra" Ray Oliveira

2016 CBHOF Professional Fighter of the Year Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent

2016 CBHOF Amateur Boxer of the Year Jacob Marrero

Mike Mazzulli, 2016 CBHOF Professional Boxing Official of the Year

Pete Hary, 2016 CBHOF Contribution to Professional Boxing

Heather Concepcion, 2016 CBHOF Amateur Boxing Official of the Year

Carlos Nieves, 2016 CBHOF Contributor to Amateur Boxing

ABOUT CBHOF: The Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame was founded in 2004 to honor and celebrate the careers of outstanding individuals involved in the sport of boxing. Its inaugural Induction Ceremony & Dinner was held in 2005. Connecticut's rich boxing history could never have flourished if it weren't for the achievements of those enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

As a non-profit organization, the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame is deeply committed to keeping the fighting spirit of Connecticut thriving through various charitable contributions.