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International Boxing Hall of Fame postpones induction weekend

Field Level Media
30 Mar 2020, 11:55 GMT+10

The International Boxing Hall of Fame postponed its annual induction weekend on Sunday because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Class of 2020 was due to be enshrined in Canastota (N.Y.) on June 14. Instead, that group -- headlined by Bernard Hopkins, Juan Manuel Marquez and "Sugar" Shane Mosley -- will join the Class of 2021 during next year's induction weekend from June 10-13.

Joining the trio from the modern boxer category are Christy Martin and Lucia Rijker, who were elected in the female boxer category.

Promoters Lou DiBella, Kathy Duva and Dan Goossen are part of the Class of 2020 in the non-participant category; 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.

"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," International Boxing Hall of Fame executive director Edward Brophy said, per 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."

The Class of 2021 will be announced in December.

--Field Level Media

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