(NOV 12) On Saturday,
November 9th, at the Luminarious Restaurant, in Monterey Park,
California, the Golden State Boxers Association [GSBA]
presented "Ladies First" Hall of Fame Awards honoring eight
women, both prominent boxers and females outside the ring
who have had a significant impact in the world of boxing with
California connections to the sport.
The honorees' were the following: Lucia Rijker; Layla
McCarter; Mia St. John; Sue TL Fox; Jacquie Richardson; Carol
Steindler; Gwen Adair; and Michele Chong.
Bill Young (Left) Ken
Norton's daughter and brother (right)
In addition there was a
to Ken Norton, the American heavyweight boxer and WBC World
Heavyweight Champion, who recently passed. Norton was
honored with the Don Fraser Lifetime Achievement Award
presented by Don
Fraser to Ken
Norton’s daughter, Kenisha and brothers. Ken Norton was
also inducted into the Hall of Fame with the GSBA.
Lucia Rijker presented Hall
of Fame award by Bill Dempsey Young,
President of the Golden State Boxers' Association.
Lucia appeared with Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank in
the Academy Award-winning film in 2005 - "Million Dollar Baby".
Photo of Michelle Chong and Lucia Rijker/by Ann Schranz
(six-time) Layla McCarter poses with her award and
certificate from the City of Los Angeles with
Bill and Linda Young. Layla and Lucia are also
listed in the top ten by Ring Magazine, February 2012 issue.
Mccarter poses with a pair of gloves that she signed for
raffle drawing. McCarter fought in those gloves!
Jacquie Richardson worked
with Alex “The Bronx Bomber” to launch the Retired
Boxers Foundation in 1998 incorporating as an IRS 501C
charitable organization in 2000.
Alex "The Bronx Bomber" with Jacquie Richardson
Michele Chong accepts her
prestigious award. Chong has been involved in the
sport of boxing for over a decade. As a boxing
writer, her articles, videos and photos have appeared in
various print and online publications of many popular
online boxing sites and more.
became owner and manager of the Main Street Gym as
well as the first woman to manage a gym when her father,
the famous Howie Steindler was brutally murdered.
She became a California and Nevada Licensed manager and
Gwen Adair opened the doors
for women in the world of boxing, was professional boxing’s
only female referee and the first woman to referee a
world title fight. Her only interest was in following
her heart “I love boxing” and never set out to be a
Group shot of women
in the sport: Far left- Krysti Rosario, next to
her "Mie" ; Layla McCarter, next to Sue Fox, Jill
Morley, Michelle Chong, Katrina de la Cruz (right)
The Hall of Fame Awards
There were many former and
retired world champions and others in the boxing world at the
luncheon that included Bobby Chacon, Alex "The Bronx Bomber"
Ramos, Mike Weaver, WBC Champs Paul Banke; John Montes and
WBC Supervisor Rudy Tellez; Jill Morley; WBC /WBAN World
champion Diana Prazak, Reggie Richardson; Rodolfo "Gato"
Gonzales; Krysti Rosario, Jill Morley, Katrina de la Cruz; Mikaela Mayer;
Mark Mayer; Alex Ramos, Paul Vaden, Tony Lopez, and many, many
Group shot of many retired
champions, along with Rijker and McCarter and Fox
Another great highlight of this
event was segments of viewing video footage from "Flash
from the Past" fights of many of the boxers who were present,
including a special treat of incredible footage of Lucia Rijker
and Layla McCarter.
Sue TL Fox awarded by Bill
Young. She was highlighted in
Ring Magazine, in the top ten most significant female
boxers of all time. Her contributions as both a
pioneer prizefighter and historian cannot be measured.
Photo by Layla McCarter
Bill Dempsey Young said, "The Golden State Boxers Association
hopes this is just the beginning of proper recognition for our
female contention in this fine sport. In the future we will, of
course, be remembering our male boxers as we always have.
California has a rich background in outstanding fighters."
|All honorees' who were
inducted and receiving the Hall of Fame Award, also
received a City of Los Angeles, State of California
Certificate, given by BERNARD C. PARKS, Councilmember
On the certificates it stated, "It is with great
pleasure to join with the Golden State Boxers
Association and pay tribute to you during the "Ladies
First" Hall of Fame Award event. The City of Los
Angeles commends you in recognition of the valuable
contributions you have made to boxing and the world of
|work you have done is
duly noted and will be long cherished by many.
Best Wishes for continued success in all your endeavors."
A very special thanks goes to Dan Goossen, of
Goossen Tutor Promotions, who so generously donated tickets for
our raffle, as they were $200 seat tickets for the Andre Ward
vs. Rodriguez fight that takes place this Saturday, November
16th. Dan Goossen donated two sets. Also, a very
big thank-you to Ken Thompson, of Thompson Promotions for
buying the meals for the Lady Honorees'.
Fox said, "I’d like to thank the
Golden State Boxers Association, President Bill Dempsey Young,
Linda Young, and Bernard C. Parks, Councilmember 8th District,
for the beautiful City of Los Angeles Certificate, and all who
helped in putting together an unbelievable event that I will
"It is such an honor to be recognized by this
organization and to be among the other seven females who were
also honored for their significant impact in the world of
boxing," added Fox.
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