Four Kings Reunite in Canastota

By Robert Ecksel on March 19, 2012
Four Kings Reunite in Canastota
“I'm very pleased and happy," said Roberto Duran, "to return to the Boxing Hall of Fame."

The Four Kings—Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns—are reuniting at the International Boxing Hall of Fame in June.

The 23rd Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend runs from June 7 to June 10, and Duran has agreed to attend the Banquet of Champions on Saturday, June 9, which will be a tribute to 2012 IBHOF Inductee Thomas “Hitman” Hearns.

“Roberto Duran was one of the greatest to ever step into the boxing ring,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “Known as ‘Hands of Stone’ for his devastating punching power, Duran is revered by boxing fans the world over.”

Duran turned pro in 1968 and was champion in four weight divisions (lightweight, welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight), with wins over Esteban De Jesus, Iran Barkley, Davey Moore, Ken Buchanan, Carlos Palomino, Pipino Cuevas and Sugar Ray Leonard.

“I’m very pleased and happy to return to the Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota,” said Duran,“and see my good friend Thomas Hearns getting inducted into such a wonderful place.”

Marvelous Marvin Hagler feels much the same way.

“I watched Thomas Hearns grow from amateur status to a professional until he became a world champion,” he said, “who faced his boxing challengers with courage and determination. I am glad that he finally has retired for good! I believe that Boxing Hall of Fame makes a good choice. Thomas Hearns deserves to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and be recognized as one of the best. I have tremendous respect for Hearns. My congratulations!”

Sugar Ray Leonard was no less enthusiastic.

“Tommy was such an imposing and incredibly exciting fighter. People were in awe of his power and speed. He would out-speed the boxers. He would annihilate the punchers. He was one of my toughest fights without question. He brought the best out of me and he told me I brought the best out of him. I’m so excited for my friend to be inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame.”

The event will consist of cocktails, dinner, celebrity comments, video highlights, a commemorative program and more. Tickets are priced at $135 and corporate tables of 10 are available at $1350.

For more information on the Hall of Fame’s 23rd Annual Induction Weekend call (315) 697-7095, or visit online at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter at

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  1. Mike Schmidt 05:43pm, 03/19/2012

    With respect I must disagree. A great place to meet all the great boxers with one on ones, great place to meet new and old friends of boxing, to drop over to Graziano’s for eats, just a great feel and great weekend. And if you like to add to your collections the Saturday morning collectable show is always a blast. You do not necessarily have to agree with the inductee picks to have a great time—including the Saturday night dinner—adios—and again, with all respect.

  2. the thresher 05:25pm, 03/19/2012

    Sadly, I know longer believe the IBHOF is relevant.

    Its dependency on the BWAA makes it suspect IMO

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