Roy Jones Jr., Miguel Cotto, Holly Holm headline 2022 International Boxing Hall of Fame class


On Tuesday, the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame introduced the inductees for the 2022 class and it’s loaded with some huge names. Headlining the category are Roy Jones Jr., Miguel Cotto and James Toney on the boys’s facet, with Holly Holm and Regina Halmich for the ladies. The category will probably be inducted alongside the 2021 and 2020 courses, which have each seen their ceremonies delayed through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Corridor of Fame nominees are voted on by members of the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America in addition to a panel of boxing historians. The induction ceremony is held on the Corridor of Fame museum in Canastota, New York.

Let’s take a fast have a look at the most important names within the 2022 class.

Roy Jones Jr.

Voted Fighter of the Decade for the Nineteen Nineties by the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America, Jones received world championships in 4 weight courses whereas spending a big portion of his profession as the highest pound-for-pound fighter within the sport. Jones’ first championship victory got here in Might 1993, capturing the IBF middleweight title with a win over Bernard Hopkins. In November 1994, Jones moved as much as tremendous middleweight to win the IBF title in opposition to James Toney. Jones additionally was a unified champion at mild heavyweight and solely misplaced one struggle in his first 50 contests, that being a disqualification loss in opposition to Montell Griffin that Jones avenged in much less that one spherical within the rematch. Amazingly, Jones additionally went as much as heavyweight, the place he defeated John Ruiz to develop into WBA champion. Jones holds a profession document of 66-9 with 47 wins by knockout.

Miguel Cotto

Cotto held titles throughout 4 weight courses in his profession and fought in among the largest and most vital fights of his period. Cotto received the WBO junior welterweight title in 2004, efficiently defending the title six instances earlier than shifting to welterweight to win the WBA belt in 2006. He would defend that title in opposition to the likes of Zab Judah and Shane Mosley earlier than dropping the belt to Antonio Margarito in a bloody struggle that many query after Margarito was discovered to have illegally loaded his hand wraps in opposition to Mosley. Cotto would finally win titles at junior middleweight and middleweight. In his profession, he fought large bouts in opposition to different huge names together with Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

James Toney

Toney received championships in three weight courses, together with middleweight, tremendous middleweight and cruiserweight. Toney went undefeated within the first 46 fights of his profession. That included six defenses of the IBF middleweight championship and three defenses of the IBF tremendous middleweight championship. After dropping the tremendous middleweight title in 1994, Toney wouldn’t maintain one other world title till 2003 when he pulled off an enormous win over Vassiliy Jirov in 2003. Toney would go on to make two bids for heavyweight championships, drawing with Hasim Rahman after defeating John Ruiz, a victory that was overturned after Toney failed a drug check.

Holly Holm

Whereas Holm could have discovered extra mainstream consideration within the UFC, the place she received the ladies’s bantamweight championship from Ronda Rousey in a now-iconic upset, she first used her fistic abilities within the boxing ring. Holm received championships at junior welterweight, welterweight and junior middleweight. She defended her championships 18 instances and solely misplaced one struggle as soon as she had reached the championship stage. That loss was a brutal knockout by the hands of Anne Sophie Mathis in 2011, although Holm avenged the loss of their rematch, combating solely two extra instances after earlier than transitioning to combined martial arts.

Regina Halmich

Halmich transitioned from a profitable kickboxing profession to the boxing ring in 1994. In her ninth struggle, she misplaced for the one time in her profession, failing to win the IBF feminine flyweight title in opposition to Yvonne Trevino. She would win the belt in her subsequent outing, occurring to efficiently defend the belt 15 instances. Throughout her reign with the flyweight title, Halmich additionally added the tremendous flyweight title and junior flyweight title. She would efficiently defend titles a surprising 40 instances in her profession and retired on a 46-fight unbeaten streak.

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