CANASTOTA, NY – APRIL 13, 2015 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today former middleweight champion of the world Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez is set to participate in festivities planned for the 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend June 11-14th.
Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez
“Sergio Martinez is a fan favorite both in and out of the ring,’” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “We are very much looking forward to his return to Canastota in June to meet and greet his many fans.”
The fighting pride of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Martinez turned pro in 1997. “Maravilla” captured the WBC light middleweight championship before going up in weight to defeat Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (W 12) in 2010 for the WBC / WBO / The Ring middleweight titles. During his championship career, the charismatic pugilist compiled a pro record of 51-3-2 (28 KOs) that includes wins over Alex Bunema (TKO 8), Paul Williams (KO 2), Darren Barker (KO 11), Matthew Macklin (TKO 11), Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (W 12) and Martin Murray (W 12). Martinez will be accompanied to Canastota by his advisor Sampson Lewkowicz.
“Sergio Martinez is very excited to share and be a part of the Hall of Fame festivities with all of his fans,” said Lewkowicz
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 2015. Living inductees include heavyweight champion Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe, featherweight champion “Prince” Naseem Hamed, lightweight champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, light flyweight champion Yoko Gushiken, manager Rafael Mendoza, referee Steve Smoger, journalist Nigel Collins and broadcaster Jim Lampley. Posthumous inductees in the Old-Timer and Non-Participant categories will also be honored.
An impressive list of over 40 boxing stars from the United States and abroad, including “The Raging Bull” Jake LaMotta, Nino Benvenuti, Michael Spinks, “Irish” Micky Ward, William Joppy, Ray Mercer, George Chuvalo, Peter Manfredo Jr., Pipino Cuevas, Ruben Olivares, Buddy McGirt, Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor, Carlos Palomino and Winky Wright, are scheduled to participate in the weekend.
For more information on the 2015 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.