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Retired US-based Ugandan boxer Cornelius Boza Edwards has been listed alongside other greats like Roberto Duran, George Foreman and Evander Holyfield on the 18-man team to be inducted in Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, founder Rich Marotta announced.

The ceremony, the second of its kind, is slated for August 9 at the Cohiba Ballroom, New Tropicana in Las Vegas.Boxers are accorded such honours in recognition for their greatness in the ring while others are rewarded for their popularity or both.“This year, at the New Tropicana Las Vegas we will have a beautiful venue with an even bigger capacity. We have a wonderful class of inductees and it’s time again to bring the Nevada boxing community together.” Marotta said.The event will be graced by legends like Mike Tyson, a Hall of Famer himself. The retired boxer will present former nemesis Holyfield with a trophy.

Born Bossa Edwards on May 27 1956, in Kampala, he started his amateur career at Kampala Boxing Club under the auspices of Commonwealth Silver medallist and coach-player Tom Kawere.Edwards represented Uganda in various tournaments alongside other greats like Dick Katende (now Bombers coach), Ayub Kalule, Vitalish Bege and Grace Sseruwagi among others.

In his illustrious professional career since 1976, the southpaw fought 53 times, winning 45 (34 of which KOs), losing seven and drawing only once.

Edwards won the EBU Super Featherweight Championship of Europe and the prestigious WBC Super Featherweight title when he defeated Mexican Raphael Limon by unanimous decision in 1981.He started professional boxing in England, where he lived for a long period before relocating to the USA, where he settled to date. The Nevada resident retired in 1987 after suffering a fifth-round knockout to Mexican Jose Luis Ramirez. He is currently a boxing coach.

assemugabi@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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