New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame to honor Virgil Hill with the “BOXER” award

New Jersey (Fri, November 24, 2017) – The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its sixth class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the sixth dinner gala to be held at The Event Center in iPlay America in Freehold, NJ on December 1, 2017.
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On December 1st, Virgil Hill will be inducted as Boxer.

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Virgil Eugene Hill was born January 18, 1964 he is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1984 to 2007, and in 2015. He is a two-weight world champion, having held the WBA light heavyweight title twice, from 1987 to 1997; the IBF and lineal light heavyweight titles from 1996 to 1997; and the WBA cruiserweight title twice, from 2000 to 2002 and 2006 to 2007. As an amateur, Hill won a silver medal in the middleweightdivision at the 1984 Summer Olympics. In 2013, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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In September 1987, after going eighteen straight fights without a loss to start his pro career, Hill aka ‘Quicksilver’ (his nickname) was a challenger to Leslie Stewart of Trinidad for the latter’s World Boxing Association light-heavyweight title in Atlantic City. After an even match in the early going, Hill floored the defending title holder twice in the fourth round – first with a left hook and the second time with an uppercut – to take the title on a Knockout win.
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A series of ten successful defenses followed, eight of which took place in Bismarck, North Dakota. Hill received offers to fight in Las Vegas and other cities, but chose the place of his ‘roots’ and ‘hometown fans’ to be the place of the majority of his defenses. Opponents in his first run as champion included Bobby Czyz and James Kinchen. Superstar Thomas Hearns would meet – and defeat – Hill in Las Vegas by decision in June 1991 to end Hill’s first reign as champion.
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In September 1992, it was Hill pitted against 1984 Olympic teammate Frank Tate for the vacant WBA 175-lb. title. It was a ‘grudge match’ between the two, and Hill won the title on his home turf of Bismarck. Another string of ten defenses would follow, including a rematch with Tate, a close decision over Lou Del Valle who almost upset Hill. 
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In November 1996 at the Olympiahalle, Munich, Hill won over the undefeated IBF champion Henry Maske to unify the WBA/IBF belts and win the vacant Lineal championship. In June 1997, WBO champion Dariusz Michalczewski scored a unanimous decision over Hill to unify the WBA, IBF, WBO and Lineal light-heavyweight titles at Arena Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany.
Hill boxed against Roy Jones Jr. the following year, and was stopped in round four with a body shot.[2]
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The aging Hill won the WBA cruiserweight title at age 36 by knocking down Fabrice Tiozzo three times in VilleurbanneFrance by TKO in the first. He made his first defense, also in France, against Jean-Marc Mormeck, but would lose both match and title on cuts after nine rounds. In July 2003 he decisioned Donny Lalonde in a North DakotaManitoba ‘border fight’. He lost a disputed decision to Mormeck in a title rematch in South Africa in May 2004.[3]
On January 27, 2006 Virgil Hill won over previously undefeated Russian cruiserweight Valery Brudovby unanimous decision to win the ‘regular’ WBA cruiserweight title, as the WBA had now created a WBA “Super” title beside the standard WBA title. Despite being cut on the face in the sixth round, Hill was able to out hustle and out work his much younger opponent to capture his fifth world title at the age of 42.[4]
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He had his next to last fight in Germany on March 31, 2007, facing Henry Maske, whom he had beaten in 1996. Maske had announced his retirement prior to that fight and was frustrated to end his career with a split-decision loss, the only loss in his professional career. When he heard about Hill capturing the world title again at the age of 42, he decided to challenge him for a rematch. Hill lost the Maske rematch by decision in a non-title bout, then lost to Firat Arslan by decision to lose his WBA cruiserweight title.[5]
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He retired with a record of 50 wins (23 KOs) and 7 losses.
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On July 16, 2011 Hill worked with his wife, Carla Hill, for their first ever boxing card and promotion at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey
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We hope you will join us on December 1, 2017. Mark your calendars now and purchase your tickets early so you can be sure to be a part of New Jersey martial arts history. Call201-538-4843 or visit www.njmmaawards.com and get your ticket and join us in a historic night for New Jersey and for martial arts. It is certain to be a terrific night with family, friends, fun, and music.
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Here is the complete list of award winners:
2017 Sixth Class Inductee Awards
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MMA Fighter – Jimmie Rivera
 
Grappler – Gary Tonon
 
Coach – Karel Pravec
 
Trainer – Paul Carnicella
 
Female fighter – Kaitlyn Chookagain
 
Fighter / Referee – Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro
 
Fighter / Trainer – Jamal Patterson
 
Wrestling – Mike Malinconico
 
Boxing – Jackie Atkins
 
Trainer – Ronnie Schulmann
 
Lifetime Achievement Award – Billy Scott
 
Promoter – Kurt Otto
 
Announcer – Nino Del Buono
 
Boxer – Virgil Hill
 
Ringside physician – Dr. Eric Wurmser
 
NJSACB Official – Henry Krawiec
 
Promoter – Kipp Kollar
 
Physician – Dr. Robert Haley
 
Media – Mike Straka
 
Muay Thai Fighter / Trainer – Rami Ibrahim

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