(Canastota, NY – Feb. 2014) The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced Hall of Famer Dwight Muhammad Qawi will return to Canastota to attend festivities planned for the 25th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend June 5 to 8.
“Dwight Muhammad Qawi was one of boxing’s most popular stars of the 1980s,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “His relentless style made him a fan favorite and we are looking forward to welcoming him back to Canastota to participate in the 25th anniversary celebration.”
Born on Jan. 5, 1953 in Baltimore, he moved to Camden, NJ as a child. Qawi, who had no amateur bouts, turned pro in 1978. The 5′ 7″ powerhouse stopped Matthew Saad Muhammad (TKO 10) to win the WBC light heavyweight belt in 1981 and reigned until 1983 when he lost a unification bout with Hall of Famer Michael Spinks (L 15).
Qawi moved up in weight to capture the WBA cruiserweight title in 1985. Behind an aggressive ring style, “The Camden Buzzsaw” logged a 41-11-1 (25 KOs) record that includes wins over Leon Spinks, Mike Rossman, James Scott, Lee Roy Murphy, Jerry Martin and Eddie Davis.
In 2004 Qawi was elected into the Hall of Fame.
For more information on the Hall of Fame’s 25th Annual Induction Weekend, please call the Hall of Fame at (315) 697-7095 or visit online at www.ibhof.com.