The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today members of the 1976 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team will reunite in Canastota for the 40th anniversary of the Montreal Olympic Games during the Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 9-12th.
Gold medal winners Sugar Ray Leonard, Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks and Leo Randolph, silver medal winner Charles Mooney and team members Louis Curtis and Chuck Walker will be attending.
“The 1976 Olympic team that produced 7 medals, including 5 gold medals, 1 silver and 1 bronze, is one of the most storied teams in Olympic boxing history,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “The Hall of Fame is beyond thrilled to welcome them to ‘Boxing’s Hometown’ to commemorate the landmark 40th anniversary.”
The Olympic team will be celebrated at the Banquet of Champions on Saturday, June 11th at the Oncenter in Syracuse. There will be Olympic fight highlights as well as speeches by the Olympians. The team will also be highlighted in the Parade of Champions on Sunday, June 12th at 1 p.m.
“The 40th anniversary of one of my most cherished moments in my boxing history is approaching quickly with bittersweet emotions. Another one of those great moments is being in Canastota where the fans are unbelievably loving. Some of our teammates won’t be here because of their passing or illness but still will be acknowledged by incredible fans. Also, I want to thank the Boxing Hall of Fame staff and employees,” said Sugar Ray Leonard.
Additional events planned for the weekend include Flashback Friday: 1990s Night, 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.
Returning Hall of Famers include middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler, three-division champion Julio Cesar Chavez, four-division world champion Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker, welterweight champion Pipino Cuevas, three-division champion Mike “The Body Snatcher” McCallum and lightweight king Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini.
Special guests participating include junior welterweight star “Irish” Micky Ward, heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney, 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 as the 27th Annual Induction Weekend nears.