Chicago, IL (February 24, 2014) – February 25 marks the 50th anniversary of Muhammad Ali’s historic victory over Sonny Liston to become the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHF) not only recognizes Ali for his extraordinary accomplishment, they thank him for his continued and ongoing support of their organization and charitable programs.
CANASTOTA, NY – FEBRUARY 21, 2014 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today former super featherweight champion of the world John John Molina will attend festivities planned for the 25th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend June 5-8th.
John John Molina
“John John Molina provided boxing fans with so many memorable fights during his championship career,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “We are looking forward to welcoming him from his home in Puerto Rico to Canastota for the first time to participate in weekend activities.”
CANASTOTA, NY – FEBRUARY 13, 2014 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today Hall of Famer Dwight Muhammad Qawi will return to Canastota to attend festivities planned for the 25th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend June 5-8th.
Dwight Muhammad Qawi
“Dwight Muhammad Qawi was one of boxing’s most popular stars of the 1980s,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “His relentless style made him a fan favorite and we are looking forward to welcoming him back to Canastota to participate in the 25th anniversary celebration.”
The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame has announced a stellar cast of 18 honorees, 13 living, to its second annual Class Of Inductees. The selections were made by a panel of 33 voters from Nevada-based boxing media, past inductees and NVBHOF Board members. The 18 inductees come from 10 categories, two of which were new: Adoptive Residents (for boxers who moved to and resided in Nevada after their careers), and Pioneer Class (for those who prominently contributed to Nevada Boxing prior to 1960).
The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced today the newest class of inductees to enter the Hall. Living inductees include two division champion “The Pride of Wales” Joe Calzaghe, six division world champion “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya and three division champion Felix “Tito” Trinidad in the Modern category; promoter Barry Hearn, referee Richard Steele, journalist Graham Houston and photographer Neil Leifer.
“We’re extremely excited about the Class of 2014 and are very much looking forward to honoring the 25th class of inductees,” said Executive Director Edward Brophy.
The 25th Annual Hall of Fame Weekend is scheduled for June 5-8th in Canastota, NY. Over 20 events, including a golf tournament, banquet, parade and autograph card show, are planned. An impressive celebrity lineup of boxing greats of yesterday and today will attend this year’s 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 8th to welcome the newest members.
CANASTOTA, NY – SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of heavyweight champion Ken Norton, who passed away today in Las Vegas. He was 70.
1992 Hall of Fame Inductee Ken Norton
“Ken Norton was one of the standouts of the talent-filled 1970s heavyweight division,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “He was a great fighter in the ring and a great person outside of it. The Hall of Fame joins the worldwide boxing community in mourning his passing.”
Born August 9, 1943 in Jacksonville, Illinois, Norton was a gifted football, basketball and track star in high school. He began boxing while in the Marine Corps where he compiled a 24-2 record. After turning pro in 1967 Norton quickly became a key player in the heavyweight division. He engaged in a classic three-fight series with fellow Hall of Famer Muhammad Ali (W 12, L 12, L 12). Norton captured the NABF title twice (1973 and 1975) and held the WBC heavyweight championship (1978).
CANASTOTA, NY – SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame joins the worldwide boxing community in mourning the loss of former WBO heavyweight champion Tommy “The Duke” Morrison, who passed away Sunday (Sept. 1st) in Omaha, Nebraska at age 44.
Tommy “The Duke” Morrison
“Tommy Morrison brought so much excitement and energy to the heavyweight division in the 1990s,” said Hall director Ed Brophy. “We were saddened to learn the news of his passing and we offer our condolences to the entire Morrison family.”