25th Boxing HOF class enshrined


CANASTOTA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The "Greatest of All-Time" was remembered on the 25th anniversary of his induction to the Boxing Hall of Fame Sunday.  Muhammad Ali was a part of the inaugural class in 1990 and sent his best wishes to this year's star studded class, which included Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad and Joe Calzaghe.

International Boxing Hall of Fame President Don Ackerman read a statement from Ali at the beginning of Sunday's ceremony: "Over the past 25 years, the IBHOF has honored and preserved the legacy of boxing and its legendary stars. I know as well as any that the road to this year's HOF Weekend has been paved with dedication, hard work and unwavering passion for the sport.  I am so honored to have been a part of the inaugural class of inductees in 1990, a day that made me proud and one I will never forget.  All my best, Muhammad Ali."

Referee Richard Steele was also enshrined Sunday, along eith Promoter Barry Hearn, journalist Graham Houston, as well as Neil Leifer, the first ever photographer to be inducted.

Leifer took the famous still of Ali standing over Sonny Liston in their 1965 rematch and covered Ali for many years.  Leifer credited that time with Ali for his success.

"You can definitely have a career like mine, I'll guarantee a career as good as mine," Leifer said.  "Just go out and find yourself a subject like Muhammad Ali, hitch your wagon to it and stick around for 40 years and you'll be a superstar.  I want to dedicate my being inducted today to the great Muhammad Ali, one of the great human beings of all-time."

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