Three elite fighters have cemented their place in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
In their first year of eligibility, Floyd Mayweather, Wladimir Klitschko, and Andre Ward have been elected to the 2021 International Boxing Hall of Fame. The three legendary boxers will be inducted on June 14 in Canastota, New York.
To many within the boxing community, Mayweather needs no introduction. The man who went from “Pretty Boy” Floyd to “Money” is a polarizing figure. While Mayweather was never shy to talk trash, he always backed it up. That isn’t an exaggeration as Mayweather ended his pro boxing career with a perfect 50-0 record. He’s beaten the likes of Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, Oscar De La Hoya, Jose Luis Castillo, and many more.
Klitschko ruled the roost at heavyweight for over a decade. Before his path of destruction began, upset TKO losses to Corrie Sanders and Lamon Brewster had many questioning whether or not Klitschko was a bust. “Dr. Steelhammer” silenced the doubters by going on a 22-fight winning streak. Klitschko was just one title away from becoming the undisputed king but it was his brother, Vitali, who had his hold on the WBC gold.
It’ll be hard to find anyone who disagrees with Ward’s place in the Hall of Fame. Ward ended his career with a perfect record of 32-0. He won world titles in the super-middleweight and light-heavyweight division. He’s beaten the likes of Sergey Kovalev, Carl Froch, Chad Dawson, Mikkel Kessler, and Arthur Abraham. He wrapped up his career at the young age of 33 but there’s no doubting that his resume is worthy of the highest honor.
That’s not all as two iconic female fighters have also been elected. Laila Ali and Ann Wolfe will take their place in boxing immortality. Dr. Margaret Goodman has been elected in the non-participant category.