Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF) founder and president Glenn S. Feldman will be one of seven inductees to be honored at the seventh annual CBHOF gala induction dinner Saturday, October 29 in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville.
The other 2011 inductees include five-time world champion Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Paz, 1996 U.S. Olympic Boxing team captain Lawrence Clay-Bey, world light heavyweight title challenger Eric “Magic Man” Harding, ringside physician Dr. Michael Schwartz and, posthumously, boxer Kelvin Anderson and boxing coach Billy Taylor.
Also being honored are 2011 winners for professional and amateur fighters of the year, Delvin Rodriguez and Tremaine Williams. Don Trella will receive the official of the year award, and Peter Timothy will be the recipient of the achievement award.
Feldman of Avon, founded the CBHOF seven years ago. He is one of the most recognized and respected boxing judges in the world and has judged 97 world title bouts.
“I’m deeply honored to have been voted in as the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame’s first judge,” Feldman said. “I had the pleasure of working Vinny Paz’s 50th victory at Foxwoods as well as having judged a few of Eric Harding’s fights. Mike Schwartz and I have spent lots of time at ringside together over the years and we even traveled together for a memorable trip to Bangkok in 1996.”
Feldman, a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch in West Hartford, began his judging career 23 years ago and is closing in on his 100th world championship fight. He is a member of the World Boxing Association, World Boxing Organization, International Boxing Federation and the International Boxing Organization. He has judged fights all over the world including Canada, Denmark, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Panama, Japan, Scotland, Thailand and Kazakhstan.
The 57-year old Feldman recently judged the WBA heavyweight title fight between Alexander Povetkin and Ruslan Chagaev in Erfurt, Germany and earlier this year officiated the Victor Oritz-Andre Berto title fight at Foxwoods which is widely considered the 2011 Fight of the Year. “It was a wild affair,” Feldman noted. “Both fighters went down twice during the bout.”
Feldman has judged some of the sport’s biggest names including George Foreman, Ricky Hatton, Evander Holyfield, Micky Ward, Dana Rosenblatt, Chad Dawson, Sergio Martinez, Miguel Cotto, Andre Ward, Floyd Mayweather, Acelino Freitas, John Ruiz, Pernell Whitaker and Shane Mosely.
“It has been a privilege to be part of this sport,” Feldman added. “I’ve met so many great people all over the world and seen places you couldn’t even imagine.
“I pinch myself before every title fight. I’ve never taken an assignment lightly or for granted. We can determine a fighter’s destiny so we have to be sharp every night and for every fight whether it’s a four rounder or a championship.”
Tickets for the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame dinner are priced at $75 and are available by calling Kim Baker at the Mohegan Sun at 860-862-7377. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. followed by cocktails, dinner and the awards ceremony.