Boxing legend may miss his own gym’s induction in Canastota in June
One of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time may not be able to attend his induction this summer into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY.
Wladimir Klitschko, nicknamed ‘Dr. Steelhammer’, has indicated his willingness to pick up steel to defend his home country of Ukraine amid the ongoing Russian invasion. Wladimir joined Ukraine’s reserve army last month saying his love for the country compels him to defend it, Reuters reported. Wladimir are one half of the most successful boxing brother duo in history, each dominating the heavyweight division at its peak.
The elder Klitschko, Vitali, who has been mayor of Kyiv, Ukraine since 2014, said he too would join the military fight, according to the report:
“I have no other choice, I have to. I will fight,” the 50-year-old, known as “Dr Ironfist” during his fighting days, told the show. ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
As soon as it was published on Tuesday afternoon, there were reports of a Russian military convoy approaching Kiev, according to CBS News.
Vitali, who holds a doctorate in sports science, is a 2018 IBHOF inductee with a professional record of 45-2 (41 KOs). The 6-foot-7 slugger held multiple heavyweight belts, including the WBO and WBC titles.
Both brothers were in Canastota in 2018 for Vitali’s IBHOF induction. Vitali is pictured below enjoying the weekend festivities:
Wladimir’s record reign as heavyweight champion lasted over twelve years, part of a 64-5 (53 KO) overall professional campaign. After winning gold at the 1996 Olympics, young Klitschko would hold the WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO and Ring Magazine heavyweight championship belts. Wladimir was elected to the IBHOF in 2021, but COVID-19 has canceled the boxing hall’s annual ceremony each of the past two years. This year, organizers have planned a “Once in a Lifetime Trilogy Introductory Weekend” in June (9-12) to honor the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022.
The 2022 Induction to the IBHOF Trilogy The weekend will feature a who’s-who of modern boxing megastars like Bernard Hopkins, Floyd Mayweather, Roy Jones Jr., Shane Mosely, Miguel Cotto, Andre Ward, James Toney and Laila Ali, among many others, including past inductees and legends.
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