If you’ve ever been to a boxing match, you get to see two opponents fighting to be number one, but when you attend a Hall of Fame ceremony, you get to experience something completely different. Executive Director of the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s Ed Brophy talked about what makes the Boxing Hall of Fame so special.
"Of all the different Hall of Fame’s, it’s been said time and time again, The International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota is very unique, more unique than any other Hall of Fame because of the closeness and the association between the fans and the world boxing champions."
That relationship between the fans and athletes is what brings people here from all over the world.
"That’s why fans come back every year from all over the United States and flying in from England, Mexico, Canada, all over the world because it’s really magical, and they always say it’s because of the accessibility and all the different events that are presented to the fans."
Boxing Hall of Fame weekend starts off with Friday night fights at the Turning Stone where boxing legends will be ringside for a full night of boxing. There’s a few tickets remaining for Saturday’s golf tournament at the Casolwood Golf course, and if golf isn’t your thing there’s a 5K fun run at the Canastota High School. Football star Larry Fritzgerald is the Grand Marshall for Sunday’s parade. They’re expecting over 20 marching bands and 40 world boxing champions participating in the parade. There will be ringside lectures all weekend long on the museum grounds, and you might get to meet some of the boxers.
"Boxing fans reunite in Canastota and new fans come every year, and one of the reasons is because of the magic of not just all the events, but the intermingling. Rubbing shoulders with all the champions."
Here's a link for a complete list of Hall of Fame events: