An Amazing Experience: The International Boxing Hall of Fame
A Look At The Hall
Have You Been?
Have you ever been to The International Boxing Hall of Fame?
When The International Boxing Hall of Fame started in 1990 and it was a small intimate gathering but it has over time blossomed into a huge event with thousands attending.
The Induction ceremonies are something indeed. You get to hear speeches and talk from some of the best boxers in the history of the sport. They are very accessible to the casual fan which makes it the best part of the events. The Induction weekend began and it has maintained certain main courses if you will including memorabilia of boxing, autograph signing, boxers golf tournament and a Live boxing event. An awesome trip to take for fans of the sweet science.
Even though boxers are the main event per say it's still amazing seeing constants such as Michael Buffer (Who has hosted, been inducted and attended the majority of the Ceremonies), Angelo Dundee, and many other trainers, managers, promoters, writers and photographers.
* One of the rules for a retired fighter to be eligible for induction he must be retired from the sport for at least five consecutive years. A worldwide panel of boxing historians in conjunction with the Boxing Writers Association of America choose the inductees from a list of choices.
In 1990 on opening weekend of the first ever induction ceremony the Hall inducted 20 modern fighters ( last bout was no earlier than 1943), Twenty one Old Timers (Last bout no earlier than 1893 and no later than 1943.), Five Pioneers (Last bout was on or prior to the date of 1892.) That totals 46 boxers who were inducted on the first ever induction weekend.
After all the ceremonies are complete the final event is the Parade of Champions. During this time police cars escort a huge car filled parade of boxers and boxing people who are members of the Hall of Fame around town. Not only boxers but athletes from other sports and even Hollywood celebrities even attend sometimes.
The Hall of Fame At a Glance
Hall of Fame Weekend (June)
Every June New members are inducted and it's a three to four day celebration featuring a Golf tournament with famous boxers, an autograph signing, live boxing and of course the induction ceremony itself.
The Museum is open for tours through the week but Induction weekend is four specified days every June and all the stars of the sport attend.
For Fight Fanatics like me it's amazing to be face to face with legends like: Mike Tyson, Terry Norris, Sugar Ray Leonard, Evander Holyfield and Marvelous Marvin Hagler. These legends do not just shake hands and disappear they hang around sharing fight stories and many fascinating things unfold at these events.
Also, Collectors of fight memorabilia can not get enough of the memorabilia sale that takes place on day two every June during the induction weekend. I would recommend going at least once. Magazines, books, gloves, trunks, robes, and all kinds of autographed items are located at the trade court.
IBHOF Induction Categories
Hall of Fame Inductee Tommy "Hitman" Hearns
The Museum is Historic
The Halls have plaques and pictures of past fighters and trainers but the Museum is where the history truly presents itself. Some of the pictures on the walls are very rare and unique to the Boxing Hall of Fame exclusively.
The Museum holds gloves, headgear, trunks, championship belts, robes and many other relics of past fighters that hold huge significance. These and tons of other items are on display in glass cases and on the walls.
Many of the relics of prizefighting that are on display have actually been donated by fighters themselves. Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Larry Holmes all have given many precious boxing items to the Museum for continuous display to the public.
I love the Boxing Hall of Fame because it gives respect and just due to great boxers from the past who laid it all on the line.
The food spread, organization of the events and the chance to score old Ring Magazines and boxing cards are also great moments at the weekend shows.
Meeting or even being near the boxers of the past and present puts me in awe because these guys are my sporting heroes.
The Opening Ceremony
Induction Ceremonies Bring Out The Stars
Famous Induction Speeches
Mike Tyson 2011 Induction Speech: Tyson talked about Cus Da mato and began to cry. He then cut his speech short.
Larry Holmes 2008 Acceptance Speech: The Easton Assassin rambled on and on and actually let the tears flow for the crowd.
Arturo GattI 2013 Acceptance Speech: Mickey Ward and Arturo Gatti's daughter accepted his induction on the late boxers behalf on an emotional day for boxing.
Lou Duva: Any speech he delivers at all. Truthfully, These guys put their heart and souls out their and lived the sport. When they are at the mic they tend to get emotional which is as real as it gets.
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Mike Tyson's 2011 Induction Speech
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