2020 International Boxing Hall Of Fame Class To Be Honored In 2021
An event recognizing some of the most influential people in boxing will not be going on as planned. It was announced that the International Boxing Hall of Fame ceremony, set to take place on June 14, has been postponed. This is a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
International Boxing Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy stated that the ceremony will now be taking place next year from June 10-13. They will be joining the 2021 class.
“By combining the celebrations of the induction classes of 2020 and 2021, the Hall of Fame can honor inductees with all the bells and whistles that the Hall of Fame weekend is known for and provide each inductee with the recognition they each so richly deserve,”Brophy stated to ESPN. “By honoring the two classes in a one-of-a-kind induction weekend, the Hall of Fame will be able to put all the winning combinations together for the inductees, fans and the entire sport of boxing.”
Fighters Bernard Hopkins, Juan Manuel Marquez, “Sugar” Shane Mosley, Christy Martin and Lucia Rijker were meant to be inducted this year, while promotors Lou DiBella, Kathy Duva and Dan Goossen also got the call. Journalists Bernard Fernandez and Thomas Hauser, Frank Erne and Paddy Ryan were also chosen as Hall of Famers.
Although this year’s class won’t be personally inducted, their plaques will go up on the walls in Canastota, New York in June. Next year’s ballot would include fighters like Floyd Mayweather, Wladimir Klitschko, Miguel Cotto and Andre Ward.
Fans who purchased tickets to the 2020 ceremony are entitled to refunds. They can also have their tickets converted for the 2021 ceremony.