Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Honor
Layla McCarter - Fighter of the Year!
by Sue TL Fox
August 12, 2013
Photo: Mary Ann Owen
(AUGUST 12) On Saturday night at
the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame held it’s first-ever induction
ceremony and dinner before a sold-out audience of 400 boxing
celebrities, dignitaries and fans tonight at the Monte Carlo Las
Vegas Resort and Casino.
Photo: Mary Ann Owen
Multi-world champion "Amazing" Layla
McCarter was honored to be chosen as their NVBHOF Female Fighter
of the Year. One of the top warriors in the sport, McCarter went
into her opponent's back yard in South Africa, and won by an
eighth round stoppage of the previously undefeated Noni Tenge.
McCarter took home the WBA Light
Middleweight world title.
WBAN contacted McCarter to talk with
her about this prestigious award. McCarter said the following:
Thank you Rich Moratta and the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame for my
award: Female Fighter of the Year. By including a female award
in its inaugural ceremony, the NVBHOF gives hope to female
boxers everywhere that they will be accepted and recognized for
their outstanding achievements in the sport. The traditional
boxing fraternity is becoming a boxing family that can no longer
deny or discriminate against any group of people. Good boxing is
good boxing, period! I applaud NVBHOF for its inclusion and
I would like to thank Mary Ann Owen, my family, friends, the
media and dedicated fans who have supported me throughout my
Thank you Sue Fox and WBAN for spending countless hours helping
promote women boxing all over the world. It's a labor of love
and I appreciate you always fighting for us.
Thanks to Andile Sidinile of Sijuta promotions in East London,
South Africa for providing the fight on which this award was
based and the people of South Africa for their continued
Also, thanks to the Nevada State Athletic Commission who are the
very best in the world; Especially Keith Kizer who helped make
history with the approval of 12 x 3 minute round fights.
McCarter points towards Don King to
give him credit
for showcasing female bouts on network TV
Special thanks to Don King who put women boxers on major
promotions and network TV, when no other promoters have done so.
We must continue his vision of equality.
Most importantly, I want to thank Luis Tapia who is my trainer,
manager, and very best friend in this world. Guiding me to
become a six-time world champion in four weight classes, Luis
not only taught me about boxing but about making better
decisions, choosing my company wisely, and being mentally tough.
He made everything possible in my career.
I'm deeply grateful to boxing for giving me a dream, a
direction, and a life full of experience and great memories."
NVBHOF Founder and President Rich Marotta said, "We are a
Nevada-centric organization and we want to recognize not only
the past greats, the inductees, but those from Nevada who are
making it happen in our state right now."
More photos of McCarter...
*All photos by Luis Tapia, except for the main top photo that is
by Mary Ann Owen.