Early Tuesday, Mike Tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez, Kostya Tszyu, Mexican trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, referee Joe Cortez, actor and screenwriter of “Rocky” Sylvester Stallone and several other boxing greats were selected for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame & Museum in Canastota, New York.
This is a special year for the boxing hall of fame because of how many big names are being inducted this year. Sylvester Stallone who never boxed as a professional but his fictional movie character Rocky Balboa lives on in the hearts of many boxing fans; Iron Mike Tyson who was the youngest heavyweight champion of the world and one of the biggest draws in boxing; Julio Cesar Chavez a boxing legend from Mexico whose fame in his country was comparable to that of Manny Pacquiao’s in the Philippines; Nacho Beristain is one of the greatest trainers to come out of Mexico having trained Ricardo “Finito” Lopez, Daniel Zaragoza, and currently Juan Manuel Marquez; Kostya Tszyu reigned as the best 140-pound champion of this era, and boxing referee Joe Cortez has worked over 160 championship boxing bouts and has been working the ring for over 30-years.
2011 Boxing Hall of Fame Inductees were voted on by members of the Boxing Writers Association of America and a panel of international boxing historians
The Boxing hall of fame inductions will be on June 12, 2011 in Canastota, New York.
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