Don King

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Class of 1997
Non-Participant Category
Hall of Fame bio:click
World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

Name: Don King
Born: 1931-08-20
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Hometown: Deerfield Beach, Florida, USA
Promoting Record: click

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One of the top promoters in the world since 1972, Don King has promoted some of the most famous fights in history--including the "Rumble in the Jungle" between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, and the "Thrilla in Manila" between Ali and Joe Frazier. Other fighters King has worked with include Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Julio Cesar Chavez, Larry Holmes, Felix Trinidad and Roy Jones Jr.

King is said to have made more boxers millionaires than any other promoter in history. Outside of boxing, he managed the Jacksons' 1984 Victory Tour. He has also been named the greatest promoter in history by the WBC, WBA and the IBF. As of 2010, he promotes out of South Florida.

He has been inducted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame (in 2010), the International Boxing Hall of Fame (1997), and the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

In 2012, King received criticism for using a racial slur against Mexican-Americans in referring to them as "wetbacks" that no longer are "running up and down picking the fruits and things". [1]