LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (August 11, 2015) — Muhammad Ali was inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame at the third annual dinner event that took place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas last week.
Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight champion and a 2013 inductee, presented Ali as an inductee and Ali’s daughter, Rasheda Ali Walsh, accepted on his behalf.
“There’s a lot of history here for my dad and he’s deeply humbled and very honored to be receiving this award in front of his peers. We’re so thankful that Rich expanded the Hall to include him,” Rasheda Ali Walsh said.
She described her father as “someone who leads by example and how he has impacted every single person he’s met. It wasn’t just making people happy from having watched him fight, he always helped take care of people who needed help. He’s still helping and giving back.”
Muhammad Ali’s impact on the sport was profound enough to lead to federal legislation in 2000 known as the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, which made professional boxing safer and fairer for fighters.
Honored along with Ali as members of the 2015 Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame class of inductees on August 8th were Sugar Ray Robinson, Jack Johnson, Joe Gans, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Lennox Lewis, Felix Trinidad, Marco Antonio Barrera, Roger Mayweather, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Johnny Tapia, Gene Fullmer, and others.
About the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame
The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in June 2012 by American sports broadcaster Rich Marotta. The company honors boxers and those in the industry who have significantly contributed to the state of Nevada, and donates proceeds toward Nevada-based/boxing-related charities and causes.
The Muhammad Ali Center, a 501(c)3 corporation, was co-founded by Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The international cultural center promotes the six core principles of Muhammad Ali (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality) in ways that inspire personal and global greatness and provides programming and events around the focus areas of education, gender equity, and global citizenship. Its newest initiative, Generation Ali, fosters a new generation of leaders to contribute positively to their communities and to change the world for the better. The Center’s headquarters also contains an award-winning museum experience. For more information, please visit www.alicenter.org
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