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Boxing HOF Weekend 2012 underway

By MIKE LEVIN

CANASTOTA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The boxing world has once again converged on Canastota for the annual Hall of Fame Induction weekend.  This year's class includes Thomas "Hitman" Hearns, Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson, ring announcer Michael Buffer, trainer Freddie Roach, broadcaster Al Bernstein and journalist Michael Katz.

On Friday the Hall hosted its annual Celebrity Public Workout, with referee and 2011 Inductee Joe Cortez telling stories of his memories in the sport.

"I was really honored, it was like a dream come true, to this day.  I still pinch myself when I look at this ring.  This ring to me meant the world.  I take it off every night, polish it and put it back on, I think of all my dreams and I sleep with my ring on every night.  It is an honor to be an inductee at the hall of fame," Cortez said.

He also talked about the town of Canastota and how much work the town does every year.  "We have so many volunteers here.  They come and do this out of the goodness of their heart and to me that means the world, because I'm a giver and I like to always help out.  When I see them do the same for us, that really lights up my world."

Sunday's Induction is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., with the annual parade at 1 to be led by former college football star and Heisman trophy winner Desmond Howard.

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