CANASTOTA, NY – APRIL 10, 2013 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today featherweight champion and 2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Danny “Little Red” Lopez will head to Canastota from his home on the West Coast to attend festivities planned for the 24th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, June 6-9th.
“Danny Lopez was ‘Mr. Excitement’ during his championship career and his style made him a favorite to fans all around the world,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “The Hall of Fame is looking forward to welcoming him back to Canastota and fans will surely be happy to see him.”
“Little Red” turned pro in 1971 and started his career with 21 straight knockout victories. Wins over Chucho Castillo, Ruben Olivares, Sean O’Grady and Art Hafey came before challenging David Kotey in 1976 for the WBC featherweight championship in Kotey’s homeland of Accra, Ghana. In front of 122,000 fans, Lopez became champion after 15 rugged rounds (W15) and a string of eight successful title defenses followed. His title reign came to an end in 1980 when he was TKO’d in 13 rounds by Salvador Sanchez. With a crushing right hand, the hard-hitting Lopez was one of the most electrifying, crowd-pleasing fighters of all-time. His pro record reads 42-6 (39 KOs).
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 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, Julian Jackson, Wayne McCullough, Lucia Rijker, Mia St. John, Gerry Cooney, Gasper Ortega, Tony DeMarco, Carlos Palomino, Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor 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.