The 31st annual International Boxing Hall of Fame induction weekend has now been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Induction weekend was scheduled for June 14 in Canastota N.Y.
The Class of 2020 will now be inducted next year along with the Class of 2021.
This year’s modern boxer category class was headlined by Benard Hopkins, Juan Manuel Marquez and “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Joining the three were Christy Martin and Lucia Rijker, who were elected into the female boxer category.
Inductions were also set for promoters Lou DiBella, Kathy Duva and Dan Gossen; journalists Bernard Fernandez and Thomas Hauser in the observer category; Frank Erne and Paddy Ryan in the old-timer category; and Barbara Buttrick in the inaugural women’s trailblazer category.
While the ceremony has been put on hold, the inductees will still receive their Hall of Fame rings and plaques will still go on display in the museum in June.
The 2021 Hall of Fame weekend now has the potential to be one of the biggest induction ceremony’s in boxing history. Not only will the this year’s inductees be in attendance, but the class of 2021 maybe one of the best ever.
The 2021 Hall of Fame weekend is scheduled for June 10-13.