The last days of 2014 have been busy in “Boxing’s Hometown” as boxing fans have made Canastota a destination point during the busy Holiday season. Below are a few photos of recent visitors to the Hall of Fame Museum.
Strength and conditioning trainer Julian Chua and his family made their first visit to Canastota. Originally from the Philippines, they appreciated seeing the Hall of Fame plaque of the great Gabriel “Flash” Elorde. Chua began boxing as an amateur at Hall of Famer Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym and now works at the Wild Card West Boxing Gym in Santa Monica.
Alex “Cano” Matos of Puerto Rico was surprised by his son, Michael Jimenez, who is stationed at Fort Drum, NY (60 miles north of Canastota), with a trip to “Boxing’s Hometown.” Matos has been a boxing trainer for over 30 years, working with such standouts as Wilfredo Vazquez Sr. and Hall of Famer
Edwin “El Chapo” Rosario.
After visiting Niagara Falls, Eduardo Lopez and his family stopped in Canastota for a walk down boxing’s memory lane. Originally from Puerto Rico and now residing in Connecticut, they were particularly excited to see the plaque and memorabilia of 2014 Hall of Famer Felix “Tito” Trinidad.
Brooklyn born Alix Vernet has been a boxing fan his entire life and is a frequent visitor to Hall of Fame Weekend each June. On vacation over the holidays, he made the drive from his home in Albany to walk down boxing’s memory lane and enjoyed exhibits on many of his favorites such as Larry Holmes, Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson.
Denis Simard of Montreal, Canada made a special trip to Canastota to see the Hall of Fame Museum. A long-time boxing fan, Simard wanted to visit “Boxing’s Hometown” to see the historical exhibits and pay tribute to one of his all-time favorites, 2013 Hall of Famer Arturo “Thunder” Gatti.
Former lightweight professional boxer Tommy Lowry was visiting his daughter in Syracuse for the holidays and was surprised with a trip to the Hall of Fame. From Philadelphia, PA, Lowry is a veteran of 30 pro bouts in the 1950s and 60s and was elected into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame in 1999.