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2008 Inductee

Don King

Don King

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Don King (b. 1931) is a boxing promoter who has staged some of the most exciting matches of the last thirty years.

King has presented more than 500 world championship fights, promoting luminary prizefighters including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Evander Holyfield and Roberto Duran, just to name a few.  

The partnership between casinos and boxing reached new heights during King's career, as his seminal boxing events in Las Vegas and Atlantic City--always presented in partnership with the gaming industry--were key contributors that helped these cities become two of the most visited resort destinations in the world.  He has promoted or co-promoted 11 of the 15 highest-grossing live gates in history of the state of Nevada including bouts at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Garden Arena and Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.  He promoted over 20 events in Atlantic City, including five blockbuster Mike Tyson fights between 1987 and 1990.  In 2006, Atlantic City named a street adjacent to the famed Boardwalk "Don King Plaza" in his honor.

King is a six-time World Boxing Association (WBA) “Promoter of the Year” and also was named “Promoter of the Century” and “Promoter of the Millennium” by the WBA.  The International Boxing Federation (IBF) named him “Promoter of the Decade” in 1996 and the World Boxing Council (WBC) deemed him the “Greatest Promoter of All Time” in 1994.  He was the first promoter inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame and in 1994 was highlighted as one of Sports Illustrated’s “40 Most Influential Sports Figures of the Last 40 Years.”

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