Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Thomas Hearns chosen to Hall of Fame

Posted by Admin On 11:12 AM

Former five-division winner Thomas Hearns, one of the most powerful punchers and conventional battalion of his era, was one of 13 men elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in balloting results announce Tuesday.

Joining Hearns in the modern fighter category meaning they had their last bout no earlier than 1943 are Mark Too Sharp Johnson, a former flyweight and junior bantamweight champion, and the late Cocoa Kid.

Also elected in the non-participant group were five-time trainer of the year Freddie Roach; ring announcer Michael Buffer, famous for his Let's get ready to thunder call; and late promoters Hugh D. McIntosh and Rip Valenti.

Elected in the observer group were Showtime newscaster and former longtime ESPN analyst Al Bernstein and journalist Michael Katz, who enclosed boxing for decades for The New York Times and New York Daily News, and was an Internet boxing pioneer.

Posthumous honorees include former flyweight competitor Newsboy Brown; Leo Houck, who competed from flyweight to heavyweight; heavyweight contender Jake Kilrain in the old-timer category; and James Wharton in the pioneer category.

The class of 2012 will be inducting during ceremony at the Canastota, N.Y., and shrine on June 10. Inductees were voted on by members of the Boxing Writers relationship, a panel of international boxing historians and members of the Hall's board of directors.

Detroit's Hearns (61-5-1, 48 KOs) -- known as the Hit Man and Motor City Cobra and Johnson (44-5, 28 KOs), of Washington, D.C., were chosen in their first year of eligibility after being retired for five years.


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