CANASTOTA, NY – APRIL 2, 2013 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today Hall of Fame welterweight champion Carlos Palomino will return to Canastota for festivities planned for the 24th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 6-9th.
“Carlos Palomino was a key player in the talent rich welterweight division of the 1970s,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “We’re thrilled that he will return to ‘Boxing’s Hometown’ to participate in Hall of Fame Weekend events.”
Born in Mexico and raised in California, Palomino was All-Army welterweight champion in 1971 and 1972 before turning pro in 1972. He won the WBC welterweight title from John H. Stracey (TKO 12) in 1976. He reigned until 1979, successfully defending the crown seven times. Managed by Jackie McCoy, Palomino compiled a 31-4-3 (19 KOs) record that includes wins over Armando Muniz and Dave “Boy” Green. In retirement, Palomino, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004, has found success as an actor, appearing in many movies, television shows and plays. He is currently filming the independent film Callejero in Mexico.
Palomino will be one of the featured stars at the Night of Welterweight Warriors on Friday, June 7th.
“It is always exciting to come back to Canastota, especially for the welterweight night this year. That’s special for me. It’s always nice to see old welterweight friends and also to see the young welterweights,” said Palomino.
Additional events planned for the weekend include a banquet, 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 stars from the United States and abroad are scheduled to participate in weekend festivities including Marvelous Marvin Hagler, “Irish” Micky Ward, James “Buddy” McGirt, Pipino Cuevas, Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor, Julian Jackson, Wayne McCullough, Lucia Rijker, Mia St. John, Gerry Cooney, Gasper Ortega, Tony DeMarco and many more.
For more information on the Hall of Fame’s 24th Annual Induction Weekend please call (315) 697-7095, visit online at www.ibhof.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/InternationalBoxingHallofFame and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BoxingHall.