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Boxing HOF Class takes part in fist casting

By MIKE LEVIN

CANASTOTA, N.Y. (WKTV) - It's Induction Weekend at the Boxing Hall of Fame, with some big names a part of the 2014 class.  Friday, some of those inductees, such as Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad and referee Richard Steele, took part in the Canastota tradition of fist casting.

One of the features of the Boxing HOF museum is the multitude of legendary fists on display, such as Mike Tyson, George Foreman and Marvin Hagler.

Tyson, who is in Central N.Y. this weekend to promote a card at the Turning Stone, spoke fondly of his 2011 Induction to the HOF, saying: "I was always a fight enthusiast and I always used to say to Cus (D'Amato), when you read the fighter in the encyclopedia, at the end it says 'inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame blah dee blah dee year.'  And I used to say 'Cus do you think I'll be in the Hall of Fame one day?'  It was a big moment for me when the time happened to arrive and I was called to be introduced into the Boxing Hall of Fame."

Also returning to Canastota for Induction Weekend is last year's parade Grand Marshall, actress Rosie Perez, who is a big boxing fan.  "I's a blast and a lot of fun.  Most importantly, the boxers give everything to us in the ring.  The least we can do is come up here and celebrate them and all the entertainment they gave us."

Lucia Rijker, an undefeated boxer and kickboxer, dubbed "The Most Dangerous Woman in the World," is making her first appearance at Induction Weekend and is enjoying it.  "It's my first time being here and it's been unbelievable!  People are so passionate and all the fighters are so relaxed and so generous with their time and their energy, it's like one big party."

Sunday's events feature the Parade of Champions at 1 p.m., then the Induction Ceremony at 2:30.

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