Boxers with state ties in the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame.
ISRAEL "PITO" CARDONA: Cardona, a Hartford native, turned to pro boxing at the age of 18, winning his pro debut in 1993. He won the International Boxing Organization super featherweight title in 1995 and was 36-10 in his career.
LUIGI CAMPUTARO: Fought in eight world, European or U.S. title matches and was 29-10-1; born in Italy but he fought out of Hartford.
TRAVIS SIMMS: After a sterling amateur career, "Tremendous" Travis Simms turned pro at 26. The Norwalk native won his first 25 pro fights, capturing a world super middleweight title in 2003.
ERIC HARDING: On June 23, 2000, Harding, living in East Hartford at the time, met 16-0 Antonio Tarver and won a unanimous decision. Harding eventually won the USBA and NABF light heavyweight titles.
KELVIN ANDERSON: As an amateur in 1979, Anderson won the light heavyweight title at the National Sports Festival. Anderson was selected for a USA Boxing Team that would compete in Poland in March of 1980. Just a half mile from Warsaw's Okecie Airport, the plane crashed, killing 77 people including 14 boxers and eight others associated with USA Boxing. Anderson was one of those killed.
LAWRENCE CLAY-BEY: The Hartford native was captain of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team as the top American amateur heavyweight. He lost in the second round. As a pro, he was 21-3-1 with 16 knockouts.
TROY WORTHAM: Known as "Schoolboy" because he was attending the University of Hartford during part of his professional career, Wortham was part of the Hartford boxing renaissance in the 1980s. As a pro he was 29-2 with 16 knockouts.
DAN GOSGROVE: Won 31 of 34 fights between 1931 and 1934, became known as the "Boss of Branford" as head of 12th District Democratic State Central Committee.
JACK DELANEY: Lived in Bridgeport during most of his career as a fighter. He went 77-12-2 with 44 knockouts and two no-contests. He was light heavyweight champ in 1927 when he moved up to heavyweight. He died in Bridgeport in 1948.
JOHN SCULLY: Scully, of Windsor, was 38-11 as a pro, twice fighting for the world heavyweight title. He is now a trainer.
JULIE KOGON: From 1941-50, Kogon fought 137 times. He was 81-38-17 with 36 knockouts, losing a decision to Willie Pep in one of those bouts. Kogon went on to become an intramural boxing instructor at Yale; he died in 1986.
SAL DIMARTINO: DiMartino made his pro debut at the age of 19 in 1948 in Hartford and was 38-11-7 in his career, winning the Connecticut middleweight title in 1952.
VITO TALLARITA: Born in Italy in 1922, Vito Tallarita moved to Enfield when he was 7. He twice fought Willie Pep and went into the promotional and matchmaking side of the business. Tallarita died in 1984.
BERNIE REYNOLDS: Reynolds was 53-13-1 with 32 knockouts from 1946-53.
GENE TUNNEY: Had an 80-1-3 record with 48 knockouts and was world heavyweight champion. Also in International Boxing Hall of Fame. Beat Jack Dempsey for heavyweight title in 1926. Resides in Greenwich, where he died in 1978.
LARRY BOARDMAN: Was 45-10-1 with 23 knockouts, his career ending in 1963. He was born in Marlborough and lived most of his life in Connecticut before retiring to Florida.
ROLAND PIER: Had 100 bouts as an amateur and has trained and also taught fighters in some of this country's historic gyms such as Stillman's, Gleason's and Clancy's.
TED LOWRY: Had 43 knockouts in career and twice lost to Hall of Famer Rocky Marciano during his 12-year pro career, taking Marciano the distance in both bouts. Marciano later would acknowledge that Lowry was one of his most difficult opponents. Lowry would later become known for his extensive work with amateurs in Norwalk.
JOHNNY CESARIO: Was 87-14-4 with 26 knockouts. Born in Hartford, he would rule the New England welterweight division before retiring at age 29.
LOU BROUILLARD: Was 109-29-3 with 67 knockouts. The Canadian moved to Danielson in the 1930s. Brouillard was just 8-0 when he got an unexpected world title shot against Jack Thompson Oct. 23, 1931. Brouillard, who had beaten Thompson earlier in the year, won the rematch and captured the world welterweight title at Boston Garden. It was the first time since boxing was legalized in Massachusetts that a 15-round bout took place.
PINKY SILVERBERG: Was 34-34-14 with 5 knockouts. Silverberg, whose roots were in Ansonia, won the vacant National Boxing Association world flyweight title in October 1927 at the State Armory in Bridgeport.
TYRONE BOOZE: 22-12-2 with 8 knockouts. Born in Hartford, he was a light heavyweight who went the distance with the likes of Evander Holyfield and Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, before capturing the World Boxing Organization cruiserweight title from Derek Angol.
VIC CARDELL: A Hartford-born welterweight, Cardell used superior boxing skills to ascend in the welterweight ranks. He fought 99 times, going 65-27-7 with 18 knockouts.
CHICO VEJAR: 92-20-4 with 43 knockouts. Middleweight from Stamford once ranked No. 7 and beat some well-known Connecticut fighters such as Vic Cardell and Johnny Cesario.
GASPAR ORTEGA: 131-39-6 with 69 knockouts: Had 44 fights on national TV, including memorable wins over Kid Gavilan, Benny "Kid" Paret and Tony DeMarco. When he retired from the ring he worked with youth in New Haven.
LOU BOGASH: 100-16-13 with 39 knockouts. Born in Foggia, Italy, Bogash came to the U.S. in 1907 and began fighting professionally at age 15. Gave Bridgeport its first world championship fight, boxing world champion Jack Britton to a controversial draw. His son, a boxing ref and judge, also is in the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame.
NATHAN MANN: 74-11-4, 44 knockouts. Mann was knocked out in the third round by Joe Louis in a world heavyweight title fight in 1938 at Madison Square Garden but came back to hold the N.E. heavyweight title for eight years.
CHRISTOPHER BATTALINO: 57-26-3, 23 knockouts. Born in Hartford, Battalino made his pro debut in 1927 and within two years he would reign as world champion.
LOUIS "KID" KAPLAN: 108-17-13, 26 knockouts: Born in Russia in 1901, moved to Meriden at age 5, became world featherweight champion in 1925.
MARLON STARLING: 45-6-1, 27 knockouts: Born in Hartford, the "Magic Man" held WBC and WBA welterweight titles and won his first 25 fights.
MAXIE ROSENBLOOM: 210-38-26, 65 knockouts: Born in New London County, he was nicknamed "Slapsie Maxie" and had 299 fights. In later years he would parlay his sports fame into a Hollywood career playing a series of bad-guy-type thugs.
WILLIE PEP: 230-11-1, 65 knockouts: one of the sport's all-time greats, he was nicknamed "Will o' the Wisp" for his elusiveness. Held featherweight title for six years and best remembered for his four-fight series against Sandy Saddler.
Information from the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame, ctboxinghoff.org