CANASTOTA, NY – FEBRUARY 21, 2014 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today former super featherweight champion of the world John John Molina will attend festivities planned for the 25th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend June 5-8th.
John John Molina
“John John Molina provided boxing fans with so many memorable fights during his championship career,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “We are looking forward to welcoming him from his home in Puerto Rico to Canastota for the first time to participate in weekend activities.”
Born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Molina turned pro in 1986 and during his 15-year professional career compiled a 52-7 (33 KOs) record. A three-time super featherweight world champion, he held the WBO title once (1989) and the IBF title twice (1989-1990, 1992-1995). Among those he scored victories over include Juan LaPorte, Tony Lopez, Manuel Medina, Bernard Taylor, Gregorio Vargas, Wilson Rodriguez, Emanuel Augustus and Ben Tackie.
Molina will be one of the Puerto Rican boxing stars featured at “A Night of Puerto Rican Pride” on Friday, June 6th at the Rusty Rail Party House during Hall of Fame Weekend. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres and the program, consisting of fight highlights, speeches, photograph and autograph opportunities, will get underway at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $60 each.
Other 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 2014. Living inductees include two division champion “The Pride of Wales” Joe Calzaghe, six division world champion “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya, three division champion Felix “Tito” Trinidad, promoter Barry Hearn, referee Richard Steele, journalist Graham Houston and photographer Neil Leifer. Posthumous inductees in the Old-Timer, Pioneer and Non-Participant 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.
For more information on the Hall of Fame’s 25th Annual Induction Weekend, please call the Hall of Fame at (315) 697-7095, visit online at www.ibhof.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/InternationalBoxingHallofFame and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BoxingHall.