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
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
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
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