Surrounded by many of the South Florida personalities he has written about for more than 30 years, Miami Herald boxing writer Santos A. Perez was inducted Sunday into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame.
“This is truly an honor,” said Santos, 55, during ceremonies at the Sheraton Tampa East hotel. “Boxing has been a love of mine long before I wrote my first sentence for publication.”
Santos, who came to Miami from Cuba, grew to love the sport as a child, hearing stories from his father Jose. He has written for the Herald since 1995 and spent another 15 years before that writing on boxing for the Miami News and The Associated Press. He was at ringside in 1982 in the Orange Bowl for the historic bout between Alexis Arguello and Aaron Pryor, which is still considered perhaps the best fight ever held in Florida.
Santos thanked both those who have helped him along in journalism and the colorful people he has enjoyed writing about in a career that has illustrated his passion for the sport.
“Covering boxing has provided me with the opportunity to make an endless number of friends throughout the years,” he said. “This four-decade career covering boxing could not have been possible without the support of my family.”
Much of the 20-member Hall class had strong ties to Miami: