Oakland fighter Andre Ward named to Boxing Corridor of Fame
Undefeated multi-division champions Andre Ward and Floyd Mayweather are headliners in a stellar 13-person class that was voted into the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame’s Class of 2021 on Tuesday.
The Oakland Ward had been 32-0 with 16 knockouts and received tremendous middleweight and light-weight heavyweight titles.
Mayweather received world titles in 5 weight classes – tremendous featherweight, light-weight, superlight, welterweight and tremendous welterweight – whereas going 50-0 with 27 knockouts and establishing himself as the best boxer of his time. .
“I have been ready for this name for many of my life,” Ward Advised Yahoo Sports activities. “He lastly got here. I’m a Corridor of Fame member within the first spherical. God has been good to me. I can lastly relaxation now. This chapter of my life is over.
Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, who thus joins his older brother Vitali within the Corridor of Fame was additionally elected within the trendy males’s class. The trendy boxers elected had been Laila Ali and Ann Wolfe. Ali is the daughter of the legendary Corridor of Famer Muhammad Ali.
The opposite chosen ones had been boxers Davey Moore, Jackie Tonawanda and Miriam Trimiar, in addition to lower man Freddie Brown, coach / supervisor Jackie McCoy, reporter George Kimball and Showtime TV director Jay Larkin.
Ward, who’s now a televised boxing analyst, is the newest American man to win a gold medal in Olympic boxing. He received gold on the 2004 Video games in Athens, Greece.
He made his professional debut as a middleweight, however discovered his place as soon as he moved as much as tremendous middleweight. He received the Showtime Tremendous Six match and after a dominant run at 168 kilos he progressed and have become a light-weight heavyweight champion as effectively.
The induction day is scheduled for June 13 and also will embody final 12 months’s course, which was postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. The 2020 class consists of: Bernard Hopkins, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Christy Martin, Lucia Rijker, Barbara Buttrick, Frank Erne, Paddy Ryan, Lou DiBella, Kathy Duva, Dan Goossen, Bernard Fernandez and Thomas Hauser.