The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today two-division world champion Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton will attend the Hall of Fame’s milestone 30th Anniversary celebration during the 2019 Hall of Fame Weekend, June 6-9th.
“I’m very honored to be invited to the 30th anniversary of the Hall of Fame in Canastota. I’m looking forward to the weekend, a chance to catch up with some familiar faces and meet boxing fans,” said Hatton.
The pride of Manchester, England, Hatton turned pro in 1997 and won world titles in two weight divisions. He reigned as both junior welterweight (WBU 2001-05, IBF 2005-06, 2007, WBA 2005-06) and welterweight (WBA 2006) champion. “The Hitman” holds wins over Freddie Pendleton, Eamonn Magee, Vince Phillips, Ben Tackie, Jose Luis Castillo, Juan Lazcano, Paulie Malignaggi and Hall of Famer Kostya Tszyu. Hatton, who was named 2005’s “Fighter of the Year” and received the MBE in 2007 for services to sport, retired in 2012 with a record of 45-3, (32 KOs). In retirement, Hatton has remained active in the sweet science as a promoter and trainer.
“Ricky Hatton brought so much excitement to the 140 and 147 pound divisions during his championship career and electrified fight fans around the world with his crowd-pleasing style,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “The Hall is truly excited that he will travel from England to be in Canastota to help us celebrate our 30th Anniversary.”
Many events in “Boxing’s Hometown” of Canastota throughout the four-day celebration are planned, including a 5K Race / Fun Run, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, VIP Cocktail Reception, Parade of Champions and the Official Induction Ceremony on the Hall of Fame Museum Grounds. The Hall of Fame Weekend evening events include Friday night’s Fight Night at Turning Stone and Saturday’s Banquet of Champions. Both events will take place at Turning Stone Resort Casino.
The Class of 2019 includes two division world champions Donald “Lone Star Cobra” Curry, Julian “The Hawk” Jackson and James “Buddy” McGirt; welterweight champion Tony DeMarco; matchmaker / promoter Don Elbaum, referee / judge Guy Jutras, publicist Lee Samuels, broadcaster Teddy Atlas and journalist Mario Rivera Martino.
An impressive list of over 35 boxing greats from the United States and abroad, including five-time world champion Vinny Paz , junior welterweight star “Irish” Micky Ward, 1970s heavyweight star Earnie Shavers and Hall of Famer Carlos Ortiz, are scheduled to participate in the 30th Anniversary celebration.
For more information on the Hall of Fame’s 30th Annual Induction Weekend, please call the Hall of Fame at (315) 697-7095, visit online at www.ibhof.com, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram .