Roy Jones Jr., James Toney, Miguel Cotto Set To Enter Boxing Hall of Fame
The list of the International Boxing Hall of Fame has been graced with three new entrees – Roy Jones Jr., James Toney and Miguel Cotto.
The boxing legends will make their way into the Class of 2022 in June in Canastota, New York. The induction ceremony will include classes of 2020 and 2021 as the two previous events were postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Jones recorded a whopping 66 wins and nine losses in his road to becoming a pound-for-pound king. In his prime, he was known for using his powerful blows and agility to overwhelm his opponents.
Jones had beaten the likes of Thomas Tate, Toney, Hopkins, Mike McCallum and Montell Griffin. He bagged major honors in four weight classes.
After learning the news, the 50-year-old said:
“This is an absolutely marvelous feeling. I’m so honored that I get this opportunity and I can’t wait to go to Canastota to see it come to fruition.”
Toney (77-10-3, 47 KOs) showed the boxing community that you can have trouble managing your weight, but still outfox top contenders inside the ring.
He racked up titles in the middleweight, super middleweight and cruiserweight division and went on to became a top heavyweight contender.
He clinched the middleweight strap in 1991 with an upset win over then-unbeaten, Michael Nunn.
As for Cotto (41-6, 33 KOs), he is one of the best boxers to fight out of Puerto Rica. He shared the ring with modern day greats including Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Austin Trout and Canelo Alvarez.