Induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame is considered by many to be the greatest honor a fighter can achieve. To be put on the same record as titans of the sport like Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, and Jake LaMotta, among hundreds of other legends, is an achievement that will live on forever in the minds of boxing fans. This year was especially unique because it is the largest induction in the history of the sport, inducting the classes of 2020-2022 in one ceremony as both the 2020 and 2021 ceremonies were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For those that weren’t able to watch the 3-day induction process on June 9 - 12, 2022, here’s our recap to catch you up on everything you missed!
Where was the Boxing Hall of Fame Trilogy 2022 ceremony held?
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The ceremony was held this year in Canastota, New York. While traditionally held on the actual grounds of the Hall, because of the event's sheer size this year, it was necessary to move it to a larger campus.
Boxing Hall of Fame Trilogy 2022 Inductees
This was the largest induction in the history of the Hall due to the pandemic, but there are other reasons why this ceremony stood out from the others. For the first time, female fighters were part of the induction class, making this a truly historic moment for the Hall of Fame and for combat sports in general. Here is a list of the inductees that were honored.
2020 Boxing Hall of Fame Class
Juan Manuel Marquez
“Sugar” Shane Mosley
2021 Boxing Hall of Fame Class
Dr. Margaret Goodman
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
2022 Boxing Hall of Fame Class
Roy Jones Jr.
Boxing Hall of Fame Trilogy 2022 Events
Here’s a breakdown of some of the traditions that took place throughout the weekend long affair.
Celebrity Fist Castings
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Inductees have casts of their fists made to forever immortalize their hands and, in a symbolic way, the stories contained in the scarred knuckles of the boxers to be inducted.
Banquet of Champions
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The Banquet of Champions is a tradition that typically takes place the day before inductions, an upscale dinner where inductees will take to a stage and speak with those in attendance. Our FightCamp fam, Floyd Mayweather’s speech was truly special, to see a man that is so bombastic in his stage persona humbled and on the verge of tears when finally being recognized for his accomplishments was truly a once in a lifetime event.
Parade of Champions
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The parade of champions on the final day was something to behold with so much star power on the march. Laila Ali, Bernard Hopkins, and Juan Manuel Marquez were all in attendance.
Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
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The Induction Ceremony itself is the last event of the weekend, and the sheer size of the event was quite long as you might imagine. It consisted of many speeches detailing the rich history of the sport, and of the fighters being inducted, and it really puts into perspective what this sport means to so many people.
A Powerful Speech From Wladimir
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Perhaps one of the most powerful moments came from outside the ceremony when Wladimir Klitschko posted a video from his home in Ukraine to accept his induction. He spoke about boxing’s impact on his life, comments regarding the war with Russia, called out Roy Jones Jr. with some pointed questions, and called on the boxing community as a whole to fix the sports young athlete's problems with healthcare and education.
Honoring Boxing Greats
No matter where you come from, whether you are rich or poor, young or old, an athlete or someone with a desk job, boxing is something that speaks to everyone. The courage of these fighters, their struggle, and their ability to overcome adversity is something that the boxing community has recognized and paid tribute to each inductee of the Boxing Hall of Fame.