Diego Corrales, Ricky Hatton, Michael Moorer, Ivan Calderon, Jane Couch Elected To International Boxing Hall Of Fame

By Amy A Kaplan - 12/07/2023 - Comments

The International Boxing Hall of Fame is rolling out the red carpet for its 2024 inductees, and let me tell you, it’s a lineup that’s glittering brighter than a championship belt!

First up, we’ve got Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton. With a charm that could disarm and a left hook that took no prisoners, Ricky was was a one-man wrecking crew with a smile!

Then there’s Michael “Double M” Moorer, a powerhouse who could deliver a knockout as smoothly as a velvet glove. He didn’t just fight; he painted masterpieces in the ring with his fists. A blend of brute force and ballet!

Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon – A Puerto Rican boxing legend, dazzled fans with his swift footwork and strategic skills in the ring. Renowned for his defensive skills and impressive record, Calderon cemented his legacy as one of the most skilled minimumweight and light flyweight champions in boxing history.

And let’s not forget Diego “Chico” Corrales. Oh, be still my heart! Even in posthumous honor, his legacy in the ring is like a firework display that never fades. His battles were epic tales of grit and glory that left fans gasping for more.

Diego Corrales was like a hurricane wrapped in a whirlwind when he stepped into that ring. With fists that seemed to be forged from the same material as stars, he redefined what it meant to be a warrior.

His bouts were nothing short of legendary. Remember his fight against Jose Luis Castillo? Honey, it wasn’t a fight; it was an epic saga of will, heart, and the sheer, unadulterated thrill of boxing. That tenth round – oh, my stars! – was like watching a phoenix rising from the ashes. Down on the canvas, then up and delivering a barrage of punches that turned the tables in a blink – it was the stuff of myths!

Chico’s career was a tapestry of such electrifying moments, woven together with the threads of courage, determination, and an indomitable spirit. His style was a blend of raw power and unexpected grace, a dichotomy that made his fights more than just sporting events; they were spectacles, exhibitions of human potential.

Off the ring, Diego’s life was a tapestry rich with triumphs and trials, each chapter adding to the legend he became. His journey wasn’t just about the victories and the belts; it was about the resilience of a man who faced life with the same ferocity as he faced his opponents in the ring.

Now, as he is immortalized in the hallowed halls of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Diego “Chico” Corrales takes his rightful place among the pantheon of boxing greats. His legacy is not just in the records he set or the titles he won, but in the hearts of the fans who watched, awestruck, as he turned boxing into something akin to a divine dance.

So here’s to Diego Corrales, a man who was more than a champion – he was, and forever will be, a legend in the truest sense of the word.

Shifting to the fabulous femmes, we have Jane “The Fleetwood Assassin” Couch. A real-life Wonder Woman who showed the world that the boxing ring wasn’t just a man’s world!

Ana Maria “La Guerrera” Torres, a name that rings with the sound of a champion. She fought with the heart of a lioness and the strategy of a chess master. W

Let’s not forget the behind-the-scenes magicians – Kenny Adams, Jackie Kallen, and Fred Sternburg.

Wallace Matthews and Nick Charles (bless his soul), these men didn’t just report on boxing; they wove tales that turned fighters into legends and matches into myths.

Luis Angel Firpo, a name that echoes through the ages, and Theresa Kibby, a trailblazer whose spirit still dances in every female fighter’s heart.

These inductees aren’t just legends; they are the heart and soul of boxing. Their induction is not just an honor; it’s a celebration of the sweat, blood, and tears that have turned this sport into a spectacle of human triumph.