Jimmy Lennon and Danny Valdivia have a lot in common. Both grew up in Venice and attended St. Mark's Catholic Church and each has been honored as a Venice High School alumnus of the year.
Both were introduced to boxing at the old Ocean Park Arena and went on to become boxing announcers, though Valdivia was a late-comer to the ring compared to Lennon, a veteran of matches at Olympic Auditorium. Valdivia has worked for a Santa Monica department store for many years and became a ring announcer in 1982. But when the Police Athletic League honored Lennon as the voice of professional boxing in 1983, the league also named Valdivia the voice of amateur boxing.
The two also shared announcing duties that year at the world amateur championships at the Sports Arena, Lennon in English and Valdivia in Spanish. They will share the dais as masters of ceremony at the World Boxing Hall of Fame dinner Nov. 7 at the Airport-Marriott hotel.
Charlie Casas, president of the Hall of Fame, said boxing promoter Don Fraser will be honored at the dinner and that former boxing greats who will be inducted into the hall include Jimmy Carter, Joe Brown, Danny (Little Red) Lopez, Jack Sharkey, Young Corbett III and Charley Burley. For tickets, call (714) 871-0432.