CANASTOTA, NY – APRIL 1, 2016 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today two-division champion “The Hawaiian Punch” Brian Viloria will make his first visit to Canastota to attend festivities planned for the 2016 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend June 9-12th.
“We are very excited about welcoming Brian Viloria to the Hall of Fame for the first time,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “I’m sure boxing fans will enjoy the opportunity to see ‘The Hawaiian Punch’ in Canastota.”
Born in Waipahu, Hawaii, Viloria represented the United States at the 2000 Olympic Games before turning pro in 2001. In the paid ranks he won world titles in both the light flyweight (WBC 2005-06, IBF 2009-10) and flyweight (WBO 2011-13, 2012-13) divisions. The 5’ 4” battler holds wins over Gilberto Keb Baas, Omar Nino Romero, Ulises Solis, Jesus Iribe, Omar Soto, Giovani Segura and Hernan Marquez. Viloria’s pro record stands at 36-5 (22 KOs).
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.
Returning Hall of Famers include middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler, three-division champion Julio Cesar Chavez, four-division world 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.
In addition to Viloria, 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