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IBHOF: Class of 2005 Announced in Canastota

06.01.05 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced today the newest class of inductees to enter the Hall. Living inductees include featherweight and super featherweight champion Bobby Chacon, junior welterweight champion Duilio Loi, featherweight champion Barry McGuigan, junior middleweight champion Terry Norris, matchmaker Don Fraser, and writer Bert Randolph Sugar.

"Weíre extremely excited about the Class of 2005. The new inductees highlight the international aspect of the sport of boxing and of the Hall of Fame," said Executive Director Edward Brophy. "All living inductees are anticipated to attend and participate in 2005 Hall of Fame Weekend festivities."

The 16th Annual Hall of Fame Weekend is scheduled for June 9-12th in Canastota, NY. Over 20 events, including a golf tournament, banquet, professional boxing show, parade and autograph card show, are planned. A celebrity lineup of over 50 boxing greats of yesterday and today will attend this yearís Induction Weekend. The highlight of the weekend will be the Official Enshrinement Ceremony on the Hall of Fame Museum Grounds in Canastota, New York on Sunday, June 12th to welcome the newest members.

The Hall of Fame also released names of posthumous honorees: featherweight champion Eugene Criqui, bantamweightweight champions Joe Lynch and Charles "Bud" Taylor and middleweight champion Marcel Thil in the Old-Timer Category; manager / film historian Bill Cayton and manager / promoter Lope Sarreal in the Non-Participant Category; writer Jersey Jones and Boxing News editor Harry Mullan in the Observer Category; and Jack Randall in the Pioneer Category. Inductees were voted in by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians.

For more information on the events planned for the 2005 International Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend, please call the Hall of Fame at (315) 697-7095 or visit www.ibhof.com.


QUOTES

"Of all the great fighters in the world, Iím now one of them! Itís amazing. I canít believe it. I feel great. This is one of the greatest thrills in my entire boxing career and my life."

Bobby Chacon


"I am delighted and thrilled about being elected into the Hall of Fame. It is a tremendous honor."

Duilio Loi


"This honor makes all the hard hours of training, all the work and commitment that one puts into boxing worthwhile and makes me very proud. Iím over the moon. Iím overwhelmed and delighted to be in Canastota with such exalted company. What a great way to start 2005. "

Barry McGuigan


"This is a great honor. This was a dream of my Dadís. If not for him, I would not have been a true champion. I thank my Dad and I feel truly great about this accomplishment. This is better than winning the world championship."

Terry Norris


"This is indeed an honor. I donít know how to express my joy. This is just wonderful. Itís a gift for me to be honored in the International Boxing Hall of Fame, which is recognized throughout the world as the premier boxing honor. Iím very humbled by my selection. Itís a great tribute and a great way to start the New Year."

Don Fraser


"Iím honored to be enshrined in the International Boxing Hall of Fame alongside some of the great writers who have covered boxing, like Damon Runyon, A.J. Liebling, Bill Heinz and Budd Schulberg - - writers Iíve been compared to."

Bert Randolph Sugar


BOXING PERSONALITIES COMMENT ON CLASS OF 2005

On The Class of 2005

"The newest class of inductees have joined prior Hall of Famers as great contributors to the rich heritage of boxingís past."

Hank Kaplan, boxing historian.

"The Class of 2005 is a home run. Everyone being inducted belongs there."

Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee.


On Bobby Chacon

"Chaconís election to the Boxing Hall of Fame is a monument to courage, determination and pride, assets which carried him to dual world titles. A pleasing boxing style and crisp punching made him the most popular performer of his time."

Hank Kaplan, boxing historian.

"Bobby Chacon is what I call a promoterís insurance policy. Every time he was on the bill you knew you had a great fight and the fans got their moneyís worth win, lose or draw. And most of them were wins!"

- Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee.

On Duilio Loi

"Duilio Loi compiled a phenomenal record competing against the elite of his division. One of the greatest boxers his country produced, he was never an easy mark for any opposition he ever faced. A most worthy entry into the Hall of Fame."

Hank Kaplan, boxing historian.

"What a great addition to the Hall of Fame. Duilio Loi was like a monarch in Italy. He could really fight. Very smart, very slick, very talented and made good fights."

Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee.


On Barry McGuigan

"A two-fisted puncher who infatuated his countrymen with his spirited and gutsy style."

Hank Kaplan, boxing historian.

"Action personified. Barry McGuigan was one of the most pleasing fighters ever. He was classy and is a great addition to the Hall of Fame."

Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee.


On Terry Norris

"Terry Norris stood high in a tough division for about 10 years as he battled the best his class offered. His action style gave glamour and excitement to the junior middleweights."

Hank Kaplan, boxing historian.

"Terry Norris had a distinctive style. He was a well-conditioned guy and had an easy way about himself with a constant smile on his face."

Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee.


On Don Fraser

"His long association with boxing and the great names that he was involved with in his promotions make him a worthy inductee into the Hall of Fame."

Hank Kaplan, boxing historian.

"Don Fraser was everything we need in boxing. Heís one of the smart guys who really knew what he was doing."

Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee.


On Bert Randolph Sugar

"His list of achievements stands for itself. Multi-talented and gifted as a writer and speaker, he has been boxingís ambassador for years."

Hank Kaplan, boxing historian.

"Seeing that famous hat and cigar of Bertís in the Hall of Fame will be great. His style is breezy and always funny. Heís one of the quickest wits Iíve ever met in boxing. At the same time, underneath the wit and the jokes he is very serious about the sport and he knows what heís talking about. Heís well deserving of being in the Hall of Fame."

Budd Schulberg, 2003 Hall of Fame Inductee.

"Bert Randolph Sugar is a big, big plus for boxing. Excellent choice for the Hall of Fame."

- Angelo Dundee, 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee.

Article posted on 06.01.2005



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