Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame class of 2016 announced

Former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe will be inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame in July. AP Photo/Marc Wilson

An 11-person class of 2016 will be inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame at the annual dinner on July 30 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Six of the inductees are retired boxers, including for heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe; former lightweight champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini; former strawweight and junior flyweight champion Ricardo Lopez; former four-division champion (and Olympic gold medalist) Pernell Whitaker; former junior middleweight champion Freddie Little, the first Nevada-born world champion; and Christy Martin, the female boxing pioneer, who becomes the first female fighter in the NVHOF.

Also being honored are longtime trainer and Las Vegas gym owner Johnny Tocco; Las Vegas-based legendary trainers Thell Torrance and Kenny Adams; longtime Associated Press boxing writer and Las Vegas resident Tim Dahlberg and James Smith, host of "In This Corner," a syndicated weekly boxing show, and radio personality.

“Yet again, we have an outstanding class to present for induction,” said Rich Marotta, the president and founder of the NVBHOF. “It’s a great mix of fighters and we’re thrilled to induct our first woman, the great Christy Martin. This will be a big night for us and will add many legendary names to our already prestigious group of inductees.”