BHOF Announces Induction Class of 2013

(Canastota, NY – Dec. 2012) The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced on Dec. 10 the newest class of inductees to enter the Hall.

Modern category inductees include two-division champion Arturo “Thunder” Gatti (posthumous), five-time world champion Virgil “Quicksilver” Hill, two-time light flyweight champion Myung-Woo Yuh, “Let’s Get It On” referee Mills Lane, ring announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr., and journalist Colin Hart.

“It is the biggest honor that’s ever been bestowed upon me,” said Hill. “It’s more than winning the five world titles and the Olympic silver medal. It’s the biggest thing – outside of my children and wife – that’s ever happened to me. It’s such an honor. I know this would have meant so much to my father. He passed away a year ago and this was a big thing for him. I’m so happy. You have no idea.”

“Mills was thrilled and appreciative to learn that he was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013,” said Lane’s wife, Kaye Lane. “He loves boxing.  Even more, he loves the boxing community that has been such an important part of his life for over 50 years. This is a terrific honor.”

Lennon Jr. said the news was fantastic.

“Wow. What an honor,” Lennon said. “I’m thrilled. The fact that my role and what I do in boxing will live on through the Hall of Fame is something I never really thought about before. It’s a tremendous honor and humbling also because the sport is all about the boxers themselves and we who play peripheral roles, we support the boxers. But to be honored in a way that people see a value to what I do is a tremendous honor. This is very special.”

Hart said that for anyone involved in the boxing business it was the ultimate honor to be inducted.

“I was overwhelmed with pride when I was told my name was to be added to the list of the giant figures who have graced our sport,” Hart said. “This year in New York I received the Nat Fleischer award from the American Boxing Writers Association; now Canastota in 2013. Not bad for a Limey! I just hope this isn’t all a dream.”

“Thank you so much. I feel honored and I’m proud as a boxer. I would like to share this happiness with all of the boxers,” said Myung-Woo Yuh

“We’re extremely excited about the Class of 2013 and very much looking forward to honoring the 24th class of inductees,” said Executive Director Edward Brophy.

The 24th Annual Hall of Fame Weekend is scheduled for June 6 to 9 in Canastota. More than 20 events, including a golf tournament, banquet, parade and autograph card show, are planned. A celebrity lineup of boxing greats of yesterday and today will attend this year’s Induction Weekend. The highlight of the weekend will be the Official Enshrinement Ceremony on the Hall of Fame Museum Grounds in Canastota Sunday, June 9 to welcome the newest members.

The Class of 2013 also includes lightweight Wesley Ramey and middleweight Jeff Smith in the Old-Timer Category (posthumous); manager Arturo “Cuyo” Hernandez in the Non Participant Category (posthumous); cartoonist Ted Carroll in the Observer Category (posthumous); and Joe Coburn in the Pioneer Category (posthumous). Inductees were voted in by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians.

For more information on the events planned for the 2013 International Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend, visit www.ibhof.com.

 

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