I have long loved Al Bernstein's work as a boxing analyst, first at ESPN and now at Showtime. He's the pro's pro, always prepared, always with something insightful to say, and never nasty, cheap or condescending.
It's good to see others recognize him and his many contributions to the sport of boxing. In 2012, Bernstein was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, aka The Biggie.
On Aug. 10 at the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas, Bernstein will be one of 19 inductees into the inaugural Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame (Full disclosure: Bernstein is a personal friend, and I am a board member of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame).
And the latest news is that Bernstein, a native of Chicago who lives in Las Vegas, has been selected for the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame. Bernstein was chosen because of his work at ESPN, which is located in Bristol, Conn.
Other inductees into the Connecticut Hall are Luigi Campurato, Israel Cardona, Joe DeGuardia, Johnny Callas and Roland Roy.
Joining Bernstein in the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame's first class is a star-studded list that includes boxers Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., Oscar De La Hoya, Mike McCallum and Diego Corrales, referees Mills Lane and Joe Cortez, trainers Eddie Futch and Freddie Roach, promoters Bob Arum and Don King, journalist Royce Feour, executives Marc Ratner and James Nave and special contributors Sig Rogich and Kirk Kerkorian.
Congratulations to all for their selections. And for those of you who plan to attend the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame's induction ceremony on Nov. 9 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., prepare to hear the best acceptance speech ever from Bernstein. After two tries by that stage, the third one had better be good.
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