Press of Atlantic City sports writer David Weinberg was selected Monday for induction into the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame.
Weinberg is among 25 fighters, trainers, promoters, officials and media members in the Hall of Fame’s second annual class. The induction ceremony will be held June 1-3 at The Claridge.
Hall of Fame President Ray McCline has said he is working with local officials to establish a physical presence for the Hall somewhere in the city.
The class also includes former heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon, of Atlantic City, Vineland-based promoter Diane Fischer-Cristiano and President Donald J. Trump, who brought many big fights to town as a casino owner.
“I’m extremely humbled by this honor,” Weinberg said. “I’ve had the good fortune to be ringside for many of the fights and fighters that helped make Atlantic City a great boxing town.”
Weinberg, 59, started covering boxing in Atlantic City in the early 1980s for the Cape May County Gazette-Leader. He joined The Press in 1986 and became part of its boxing coverage team that covered major fights, including Mike Tyson-Michael Spinks and Evander Holyfield-George Foreman.
He also has covered local boxers such as Seldon and the late Leavander Johnson, who was a member of the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame’s inaugural class.
Weinberg, a graduate of Lower Cape May Regional High School and Appalachian State University (N.C.), has won numerous writing awards from the Boxing Writer’s Association of America and is a voting member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
He was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts Halls of Fame in 2015.
Fischer-Cristiano, a Vineland native, gained acclaim as one of the pioneers in women’s boxing. She held an all-women’s card at Tropicana Casino Resort in 1997 and promoted several other major cards in town.
Trump had a major role in bringing Tyson’s epic fights againstSpinks, Larry Holmes, Tyrell Biggs and Carl Williams to Boardwalk Hall during his ownership of Trump Plaza.
Other fighters joining Seldon in the HOF class are the late Hector Camacho, Bobby Czyz, Jeff Chandler, Holyfield, Ray Mercer, Vinny Pazienza and Vineland’s Richie Kates.
Carmen Graziano, George Benton and Ralph Citro will be inducted posthumously in the trainer/cutman category.
Weinberg and Fischer-Cristiano are among the inductees in the nonparticipants category, along with promoter Bob Arum, photographer Ray Bailey, ring announcer Ed Derian, promoter Dan Duva, Atlantic City casino executive Mark Etess, writer Bernard Fernandez, former International Boxing Federation president Marian Muhammad, judge Joseph Pasquale, World Boxing Council president Jose Sulaiman, New Jersey Athletic Control Board commissioner Jersey Joe Walcott and Atlantic City judge Jean Williams. Derian, Duva, Etess, Sulaiman and Walcott will be inducted posthumously.