We have three new inductees into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
One’s arguably the best pound-for-pound boxer of all time, a five-division world champion that retired undefeated. One dominated the heavyweight division for 15 years, having well over 20 total title defenses, and the other also retired undefeated and went 13-0 in title fights.
Have you guessed them correctly? The inductees are Floyd Mayweather Jr, Wladimir Klitschko, and Andre Ward, three very, very deserving mentions.
Members of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the panel of international boxing historians are to thank for their induction. They are to be enshrined during the culmination of the four-day 31st annual induction weekend on June 14 at the museum in Canastota, New York.
The Boxing Hall of Fame reduced the mandatory wait to be inducted down to three years, as opposed to five, two years ago. The fighter must be retired for three years now, rather than five, in order to be considered.
This is honestly a beautiful thing, each and every one of them deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
Floyd Mayweather Jr is the best boxer ever to most us fans and media, but if he’s not the best boxer of all time to some, he’s certainly the best defensive fighter of all time, from any combat sport. There’s no argument in that.
By time it was all said and done, Mayweather retired with a shiny 50-0 record, having become a five-division, 26-time world champion.
Andre Ward would have gone down in many of our eyes as the best to ever do it, had he stayed around longer. Instead, he decided to cut his fighting career short and focus on being a color commentator. He’s great at it too, he’s one of the most knowledgeable boxing fanatics we’ll ever see.
By time his career was all said and done, he retired with a perfect 33-0 record, having become a two-division, 10-time world champion.
Wladimir Klitschko had perhaps the most successful heavyweight career of all time, right up there next to Lennox Lewis. He’d ruled the heavyweight division for such a long period of time, many fans were just bored of him.
Klitschko retired with a record of 64-5, having become a 36-time world champion, 18 of those title defenses coming in one consecutive reign. Those 18 consecutive title defenses are a record.
Just think about it, Deontay Wilder was the WBC Heavyweight Champion, that was the only world title he’d ever won, and he had ten title defenses. He was the champion for a long while, Klitschko doubled that.
We couldn’t have three more deserving, elite retired boxers to put into next years Hall of Fame.