Boxing hall of fame recognizes Rochester native

BELFAST, N.Y. — Mercedes Vázquez-Simmons, founder and owner of Pretty Girl Productions that promotes boxing events in Rochester and Buffalo, has been named Person of the Year by the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame.

Vázquez-Simmons, who is a Rochester native, also is the state’s first licensed woman boxing promoter, according to information at

She will be recognized during a July 12 induction ceremony for her work over the past four years promoting boxing events for men and women boxers.

For more information about the induction ceremony, call 585-610-3326.

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