Inducted on November 11, 1999
Dino Duva was born in Paterson on August 28, 1958, but was raised in Totowa. He graduated high school at Passaic Valley High School in Little Falls, and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Montclair State University. Shortly thereafter Dino passed the CPA exam to become a certified accountant.
~lain Events was created in 1978 by Dino’s late brother Dan Duva. Dino became president of Main Events in February 1996, shortly after the untimely death of his
rother. Under Dino’s guidance, Main Events organized several major boxing extravaganzas, such as Lewis-Holyfield, Whitaker-DeLaHoya, Bowe-Golota I, Bowe-Golota II, Lewis-Golota, Jones-Barrera I and Jones-Barrera II.
Dino is a supporter of local and national charities, such as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association,
everal D.A.R.E, PBA and local PAL organizations. Recently, a roast was held in Lou Duva’s honor for his 75th birthday. All the proceeds from the evening were donated to the Dan Duva Foundation-a charity that donates money to the Columbia-Presbyterian Brain Research Program and other worthy causes.
Dino was a past member of the Board of Directors for Bergen Commercial Bank.
Duva is the son of trainer/manager Lou Duva, and the younger brother of the late Dan Duva. The Duvas have been given the title of “the first family of boxing”. Dino Duva has promoted boxing events worldwide, and was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall Of Fame in 1999.
He is the former President of his family’s ‘Main Events’ boxing promotions. After leaving Main Events in 2000, he founded, with his father, ‘Duva Boxing’ in Totowa, New Jersey, which has become a major promoter; he is its current President. Duva Boxing represents former WBC Heavyweight Champion of the World, Samuel Peter, WBO Cruiserweight Champion Ola Afolabi, cruiserweight contender Darnell Wilson, Italian-American heavyweight Mike Marrone, and James De la Rosa.
In December 2006 Don King purchased a 50% interest in Duva Boxing for an undisclosed financial sum. However, Duva still runs Duva Boxing as a separate entity. The merging of “The Duvas” and “The King” drew media and press attention.
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