International Boxing Hall of Fame 2022 Inductees Announced

Many times these hall of fame announcements are semi controversial with fans bickering over certain guys getting in. Whether it be European fans feeling their legends are underappreciated or accusing the hall of letting in subpar American fighters based on a bias; and American fans feeling someone in the long history of the sport is being slighted when a recently retired guy gets in. I don’t think this class will garner too many upset fans and pundits given how star studded it is. Roy Jones Jr. is the most accomplished fighter inducted and he needs no introduction to any boxing fan and was a highly accomplished pro, an Olympian, and considered untouchable in his prime. James Toney who was a one time rival with Jones Jr. also made the list. Toney is a guy whose career saw inconsistent peaks and valleys but he defeated enough solid fighters and had a late career resurrection that more than earned him a spot in Canastota. Miguel Cotto came out from under the shadow of Felix Trinidad off the Island of Puerto Rico and had a great career and enjoyed enormous popularity. He shared the ring with many legendary fighters and won titles across four divisions. Also honored are female fighters Holly Holm and Regina Hamlisch along with writer Ron Borges. Holm of course reached legendary status with her head kick destruction of Ronda Rousey in the UFC. Borges is a contributor that I have liked, he made some good appearances on HBO’s old series Legendary Nights. Also honored will be the 2021 class who were not enshrined due to the pandemic. That class is also another terrific group with Floyd Mayweather, Andre Ward and Wladimir Klitschko getting in.

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