Jackie Graves immortalized

Published 5:00 pm Saturday, September 3, 2011

Jackie Graves

Jackie Graves will soon be immortalized in the Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame.

Graves — a 1940s featherweight fighter from Austin nicknamed “The Austin Atom” — is one of eight boxing elites being inducted into the hall of fame’s class of 2011.

“We’re very proud to announce our Class of 2011,” said boxing historian, Jake Wegner, who serves as the group’s President.

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The Induction Banquet will be held Oct. 11 at The Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power St. in Minneapolis.

Tickets are $50 and include the meal and induction ceremonies. Social hour starts at 5:30 p.m. with the meal and festivities beginning at 7 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting Wegner at jake.wegner@mchsi.com.

Graves, who lived in Austin most of his life, was one of the most feared punchers in featherweight history, according to Wegner. He was once ranked No. 2 in the world behind Willie Pep.

Joining Graves will be 1970s heavyweight contender Duane Bobick, “The Rice Street Rocker” Mike Evgen, a former IBO Jr. Welterweight Champion, “The Harp” Mike O’Dowd, Johnny “Kewpie” Ertle, Charley Kemmick, George Barton, who holds the world record for most bouts officiated in a career at just over 12,000, and long-time trainer/manager Emmett Weller.

Ticket sales have been brisk, and Wegner said they are expecting a crowd of more than 400 people.