Having had the honour of experiencing the inauguration ceremony at The International Boxing Hall of Fame, I know first-hand what it means to have your peers celebrate your most recognized award. No other boxing award can measure up to the placing of the ring on your finger in acknowledgement of your achievements in the world of boxing. The Class of 2011 will receive this honour on June 13, 2011 in Canastota, USA.
The tongues began wagging when it was announced that one of this year's honours will also be bestowed on Mike Tyson, the self-confessed Baddest Man on the Planet.
Mike's bad behavior and extreme outbursts never made him any friends and he never went down well with the public world-wide. His prosecution and jail sentence for rape and then biting a chunk out of Evander Holyfield's ear was to most people the last straw.
Why Mike Tyson for one of Boxing's most prestigious awards? Simple: Tyson was a great fighter despite his personal failures. The International Boxing Hall of Fame is correct in their decision to honour Mike Tyson for his achievements in the ring.
Interesting is the inauguration of Sylvester Stallone. Deservingly so! The Rocky Movies were an inspiration to many a young man who saw them. Who can forget the hammering he took to become the "world champion"?
History was made on Saturday, March 26, 2011 when five South Africans, which included adopted South Africans, contested world titles on the same night at two separate venues. Two WBC International Titles were also on the line with Isaac Chilemba winning the vacant Light Heavyweight title and Sipho Taliwe retaining his Lightweight Title.
Flo Simba, 2009 Prospect of the Year and the 2010 Knockout of the Year winner, won the vacant IBO Youth Heavyweight Title and Tommy Oosthuizen and Tshifhiwa Munyai won vacant IBO Titles
Oosthuizen beat WBC number eight ranked Evert Bravo to take the Super Middleweight beld and Numyai had an easy night in winning the Junior Featherweight belt against Danilo Pena.
Moruti Mthalane retained his IBF Flyweight belt against John Casimero and Takalani Ndlovu was outstanding in capturing the IBF Junior Featherweight belt in his third attempt, against Steve Molitor.
We are still saddened at the passing of "Happy Boy" Mgxaji. His name will forever be honoured in South African Boxing. (See obituary by Ron Jackson).
Yours in boxing,Brian Mitchell