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Duran, Whitaker named to Hall of Fame

Dec. 7, 2006 at 9:22 PM   |   Comments

CANASTOTA, N.Y., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Roberto Duran and Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker Thursday were named to the International Boxing Hall of Fame at Canastota, N.Y.

Duran, who was given the nickname "Hands of Stone," was known for his relentless style in the ring. He had a 103-16 record with 70 knockouts.

Whitaker, a southpaw, was called one of the best pound-for-pound boxers ever. He won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics, and then went 40-4-1 with 17 knockouts in his professional career.

He was a light-weight champion and held titles in three other divisions before retiring in 2001.

Among others highlighting the 2007 class are two-division champion Ricardo "Finito" Lopez, trainer Amilcar Brusa, administrator Jose Sulaiman and artist Leroy Neiman.

Honored posthumously were heavy-weight George Godfrey, light-weight Pedro Montanez and, in the Observer Category, newspaper cartoonist Tad Dorgan.

Inductees were voted in by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians.

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