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An Amazing Experience: The International Boxing Hall of Fame

Updated on February 11, 2016

A Look At The Hall

Plaques of All Time Great Prizefighters adorn the Walls of the Hall of Fame. Every June the Hall of Fame host an induction ceremony for boxers to be immortalized.
Plaques of All Time Great Prizefighters adorn the Walls of the Hall of Fame. Every June the Hall of Fame host an induction ceremony for boxers to be immortalized. | Source
The mission statement of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The IBHF celebrates great boxers, trainers and any other person who contributed a lot to the sport.
The mission statement of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The IBHF celebrates great boxers, trainers and any other person who contributed a lot to the sport. | Source

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The Beginning....

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

The entrance to The Hall of Fame lets you know it's all about The Fight Game.
The entrance to The Hall of Fame lets you know it's all about The Fight Game. | Source
When living inductees receive the honor they also have their fist cast and the fist cast are bronzed for all to see.
When living inductees receive the honor they also have their fist cast and the fist cast are bronzed for all to see. | Source

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

Modern
Old Timers
Pioneers
Observers
Non- Participants
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
These are the five categories recognized by the Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.

Hall of Fame Inductee Tommy "Hitman" Hearns

Tommy Hearns was officially inducted into the prestigious Hall of Fame in 2012. The Motor City Cobra competed from Welterweight all the way up to Cruiserweight
Tommy Hearns was officially inducted into the prestigious Hall of Fame in 2012. The Motor City Cobra competed from Welterweight all the way up to Cruiserweight | Source

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.

Final Thoughts....

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

Al Bernstein was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his outstanding broadcasting career for ESPN and Showtime.
Al Bernstein was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his outstanding broadcasting career for ESPN and Showtime. | Source
Legendary announcer Michael Buffer who coined the phrase Let's Get It On was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.
Legendary announcer Michael Buffer who coined the phrase Let's Get It On was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012. | Source

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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