Tyson/Stallone Do Canastota

By Robert Ecksel on May 26, 2011
Tyson/Stallone Do Canastota

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and Sylvester Stallone, progenitor of the iconic Rocky, will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota.

Tyson, despite the animosity many still feel toward the one-time “baddest man on the planet,” was a shoe-in for enshrinement. He electrified the sport during his rise, just as he punished the sport during his fall. And with his induction to the Hall, Tyson’s resurrection, however incomplete, continues.

Stallone’s admission to the IBHOF, by contrast, is a bit of head-scratcher. But everyone loves a feel-good boxing movie (a contradiction in terms), and the Rocky films, however cartoony, are certainly that.

In addition to Tyson and Stallone, the great Julio Cesar Chavez of Mexico made the cut, as did former welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu, trainer Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Beristain, and referee Joe Cortez.

Others to be honored on June 12, 2011, are bantamweight Memphis Pal Moore, light heavyweight champion Jack Root, welterweight/middleweight Dave Shade, British boxer-tuned politician John Gully, promoter AF Bettinson, and broadcaster Harry Carpenter.

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  1. dave wilcox 06:30am, 05/27/2011

    Im one of the few that support the Stallone induction for all the promotion and attention he has brought to Boxing over the last 36 years. It is he,that intially sparked my interst in the sport when i was but a lad and I cant be the only one. I know the fighters seem to be a little butt hurt, but I would just remind them that he isnt being inducted as a fighter, so whats the problem? It isnt a slap in the face to guys who have spilled their blood and sweat in the ring. Its a way to embrace the mainstream fans, as opposed to pushing them away as Boxing seems to like to do. I will be in New York next month, cheering Stallone on..hopefully i dont get beat up :)

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