A great athlete while growing up in Newington, Bob Yalen would eventually make boxing his career pursuit.
That turned out to be good news for boxing.
Yalen, who has an encyclopedic knowledge of the sport, was once the Director of Boxing for both ABC and ESPN back in the day when networks televised the sport on a regular basis. He has also been a consultant for NBC, CBS, Fox, and Showtime, and produced the boxing coverage at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics for NBC Sports.
Yalen has had an association with the World Boxing Council for over 30 years. He is presently the Technical Director for the WBC, and chairs or is a member of numerous committees including the Ratings, Officials, and Clean Boxing Program committees. He is also on the WBC Board of Governors.
Yalen was associate editor for the Ring Record Book and the FightFax Record Book. He was once honored with the Sam Taub Award for Excellence in Broadcasting given by BWAA, and is a six-time Sports Emmy Award winner.
Yalen is also an elector for the International Boxing Hall of Fame and a member of the International Boxing Research Organization, both since their inceptions, and prides himself on his record-keeping and work on boxing in Connecticut since the late 1800’s.
Yalen was the Director of Sports & Entertainment at Mohegan Sun, during which time he was one of the original board members of the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame, contributing mightily to the success of the inaugural dinner.
A UConn graduate, Yalen now spends a bulk of his time working with the World Boxing Council, a job that has taken him all over the world, including recent visits to China and Russia.
But it will be in his home state of Connecticut where Yalen’s Hall of Fame plaque will hang.