CANASTOTA, NY – FEBRUARY 22, 2016 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today middleweight champion and 1993 Hall of Fame Inductee Marvelous Marvin Hagler will attend festivities planned for the 2016 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend June 9-12th in Canastota.
Marvelous Marvin Hagler in action
“Marvelous Marvin Hagler is a legend and a fan favorite,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “It’s very exciting to have him return to Canastota for Hall of Fame Weekend events.”
Fighting out of Brockton, MA under the guidance of Goody and Pat Petronelli, Hagler turned pro in 1973. He won the world middleweight title with a 3rd round TKO over Alan Minter on September 27, 1980 and over the next seven years successfully defended the crown 12 times with wins over Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran, John Mugabi and Mustafa Hamsho among others. Hagler retired in 1987 with a record of 62-3-2 (52 KOs). Now based in Italy, Hagler was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1993.
Events planned for the weekend include a banquet, Flashback Friday: 1990s Night, parade, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, cocktail party and the Official Induction Ceremony honoring the Class of 2016.
Inductees include Puerto Rico’s multi-division champion Hector “Macho” Camacho (posthumous), Mexico’s two-division champion Lupe Pintor and Panama’s two-division champion Hilario Zapata in the Modern category; judge Harold Lederman, commissioner Marc Ratner, journalist Jerry Izenberg and broadcaster Col. Bob Sheridan.
Posthumous inductees Petey Sarron in the Old-Timer Category and trainer Whitey Esneault in the Non-Participant Category 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.
In addition to Hagler, returning Hall of Famers include three-division champion Julio Cesar Chavez, four-division champion Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker, middleweight champion “The Raging Bull” Jake LaMotta, light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Michael Spinks, welterweight champion Pipino Cuevas, three-division champion Mike “The Body Snatcher” McCallum and lightweight king Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini.
Special guests confirmed to participate include gold medalist and heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, junior welterweight star “Irish” Micky Ward, heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney, 1976 Olympic gold medalist Leo Randolph, female boxing legend “The Coal Miner’s Daughter” Christy Martin and1990s heavyweight star Andrew Golota.
Additional Hall of Famers and special guests will be announced in the coming months as the 27th Annual Induction Weekend nears.
For more information on the 2016 Hall of Fame 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.