CANASTOTA, NY – JANUARY 21, 2013 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced two-division world champion and noted trainer James “Buddy” McGirt will return to Canastota for festivities planned for the 24th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 6-9th.
James “Buddy” McGirt
“’Buddy’ McGirt is a real fan favorite,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “He graciously poses for pictures and really enjoys interacting with his fans. We are very excited to welcome him back to Canastota.”
Fighting out of Brentwood, NY, McGirt is the former IBF junior welterweight and WBC welterweight champion. He holds wins over Saoul Mamby, Frankie Warren, Howard Davis, Jr., Livingstone Bramble and Simon Brown. During his career, he posted a 73-6-1 (48 KOs) record. Now a highly respected trainer, he has worked with such fighters as 2013 Hall of Fame Inductee Arturo “Thunder” Gatti, Antonio Tarver, Nate Campbell, Matthew Macklin, and his son, James Jr.
Events planned for the weekend include a banquet, a night of welterweight warriors, parade, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, cocktail party and the Official Induction Ceremony honoring the Class of 2013. Inductees include two-division champion Arturo “Thunder” Gatti (posthumous), five-time world champion Virgil “Quicksilver” Hill and two-time light flyweight champion Myung-Woo Yuh in the Modern category; “Let’s Get It On” referee Mills Lane, ring announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr. and journalist Colin Hart. Posthumous inductees in the Old-Timer, Pioneer, Non-Participant and Observer categories will also be honored.
An impressive list of over 40 boxing greats from the United States and abroad are scheduled to participate in weekend festivities.