“Sad” Sam Ichinose was considered Hawai’i’s “Mr. Boxing” for 50 years. He was “Dado” Marino’s pilot. He took him to three continents, seeking a world championship. He went as far as Glasgow, Scotland with his world flyweight contender.

He earned his nickname “Sad” Sam because he rarely made any money on his fighters.

Until his retirement in 1982, Ichinose had either trained, managed or promoted every boxing champion who came from the islands. He promoted more than 425 fights during his career.

On January 9, 2001 he joined Bobo Olson as the only two Hawai’i Sports Hall of Fame inductees who are also in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He died in 1993.

BORN 1908

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