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The All-Marine boxing Hall of Fame class of 2016 celebrates their inductions as the first class of inductees to be recognized for the honor at Goettge Field House on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, April 16. Nearly 50 former Marine boxers, coaches and support personnel (including another 25 who were added posthumously) made history as they round out the first class of its kind.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Sean Berry

‘Sweet science’: Marine boxers honored in HOF

16 Apr 2016 | Lance Cpl. Sean Berry Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

Though the All-Marine boxing team disbanded in 2012, former Marines gave their all to the sport. Saturday, they made history as the first inductees into the Marine Corps’ Boxing Hall of Fame.

Goettge Memorial Field House hosted the first ever All-Marine boxing HOF induction and banquet on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Saturday.

"The purpose of today was to recognize the all Marine boxers, coaches and support personnel who dedicated their entire lives to this team because they have also dedicated themselves to our Corps," said Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Bailey, Deputy Commandant of Plans, Polices and Operations. "They were not only boxers, they were United States Marines."

Nearly 50 boxers represent the first class of inductees and another 25 were added posthumously.

"Not everybody makes the All-Marine teams; it requires a tremendous amount of self-discipline, dedication and commitment," said Bailey. "They showed the commitment to training, to the profession and showed what it’s like to continue being at the top of your game."

Olympic gold medalist and former Heavyweight champion, Leon Spinks, and Jamel Herring, Olympian and current undefeated pro boxer, highlighted the inductee class of 2016.

Emotions ran high as each new Hall of Famer heard his or her name called up to be honored in front of their boxing peers, some of whom hadn’t seen each other for decades. Each inductee received their Hall of Fame ring and medal from leaders from across Marine Corps Installations – East and were applauded by the many families and friends in attendance.

"I hope people understand that the All-Marine boxing team was a team of pride," said Bailey. "I’ve run into coaches, firemen, businessmen here today and it all comes from hard work, dedication and the respect that they’ve gained from being on this team."