Mustapha Hamsho, the tough New York-based middleweight from the mid 1970s and 1980s, is to be inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame on November 8.
The Syrian-born southpaw’s most famous triumph came on November 20, 1982, when he outpointed future world champion Bobby Czyz in Atlantic City.
In front of 15 million viewers, Hamsho boxed his way to a decisive decision despite entering the bout as a clear underdog. Czyz was the darling of the NBC network, but Hamsho dismantled him.
Hamsho earned two world title shots in his career, but was unfortunate enough to face a living legend both times in the form of undisputed middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler.
Other inductees on November 8 include Michael Spinks, Jimmy Young, Johnny Bumphus, Tony Thornton and Alex Ramos.