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Brian Mitchell inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame - by Ron Jackson

The International Boxing Hall of Fame is located in Canastota, New York, United States and is recognized as one of the two international boxing halls of fame, with the other being the World Boxing Hall of Fame in Riverside, California.

The first Boxing Hall of Fame was sponsored by Ring magazine and located at the offices of the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. However, in 1990, as a consequence of an initiative by Ed Brophy to honour Canastota‘s world boxing champions, Carmen Basilio and Basilio’s nephew, Billy Backus, the village
of Canastota inaugurated the new museum, which showcases boxing’s rich history.

The first class of boxing legends, including Muhammad Ali, were on hand to receive their long overdue enshrinement. Since then, the Hall of Fame has added one wing to the Museum and an event pavilion adjacent to the Hall. The Hall of Fame holds an annual induction ceremony in early June as the highlight of a four-day celebration of boxing and its legends.

Members of the Boxing Writers Association of America and an international panel of boxing historians cast votes. Voters from Japan, England, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Germany, Puerto Rico and the United States are among those who participate in the election process.

An independent accounting firm tabulates the votes and the results are presented to the Hall. A news conference is held each year in December to announce the new
class of inductees and the formal induction ceremony is held each year in June.

South Africa’s Brian Mitchell was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York, in June this year. Mitchell, the first South African to receive the honour, finished his career with a record of 45-1-3 with 21 wins inside the distance.

He won the WBA junior lightweight title in September 1986 with a tenth round technical knockout of Alfredo Layne and defended his crown 12 times before he relinquished it in 1991. He won the IBF championship later in 1991 with a 12 round points decision over Tony Lopez.

Among the modern greats also inducted with Mitchell were Lennox Lewis and Orlando Canizales.

Former IBF bantamweight champion Orlando Canizales was very emotional and had to choke back tears on his induction.

Possibly the most recognisable inductee of the weekend was former unified world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis.

Brain Mitchell said “It doesn’t matter what the title is or who you beat, but
it’s not until you get this recognition from your peers that you know you
have made it in boxing.” He also went to say that it was a great feeling to be
honoured among the immortals of the ring like Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray
Robinson.