East, Auburn grads going into Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame
Pat "The Cat" Coleman and Kenny "Candy Man" Gould will be part of the third class inducted into the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame.
Coleman is a Rockford East graduate who compiled a 29-17 record from 1990 to 2010 as a welterweight. He won 17 of his first 18 fights before his career turned after losing to contenders Donald Stokes and James "Buddy" McGirt. Coleman trains the next generation of fighters at the Pat Cat Boxing Club in Rockford.
This will be Gould's third Hall of Fame. The Auburn graduate was part of his high school's inaugural Hall of Fame Class. He was added to the RPS Hall of Fame in 2016. Gould was one of the best amateur boxers in the United States in the 1980s. He won a Golden Gloves title and World Amateur Championship before winning a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in South Korea in 1988. He turned professional and recorded a 26-2 record, including winning an IBO welterweight title in 1993 before retiring. Gould now is an auditor at UPS in Rockford.
The Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame was launched in 2015 and former middleweight champion Tony Zale was in the first class. Last year's headliner was Muhammad Ali, who lived in Chicago for about 12 years early in his career. The big name this year is Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion. Johnson lived in Chicago for nearly 30 years and is buried in that city.
The induction ceremony will take place Sept. 30 at the Abbington Banquets in Glen Ellyn.