Boxing Hall of Fame welcomes 11 new inductees to Canastota
The International Boxing Hall of Fame inducted 11 members of the boxing community on Saturday in Canastota, wrapping up a full championship weekend in Canastota.
Posthumous inductees included cartoonist Ted Carroll, 1800's undefeated boxer Joe Coburn, Mexican boxing manager Arturo Hernandez, Michigan fighter Wesley Ramey, 1920's middleweight Jeff Smith and Arturo Gatti, who died in 2009 at the age of 37 and was in the "Fight of the Year" four times in his career. Family members and even Gatti's young daughter Sophia were onhand to remember him on this day.
As for living inductees, one of boxing's most respected referees Mills Lane was in attendance, but because he suffered a stroke in the year 2002, his son gave an emotional speech on the parent and father Mills was, in addition to his refereeing prowess.
Long-time British boxing writer Colin Hart quoted both Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill in his speech, even ending with a "God Bless America."
Virgil Hill, the pride of North Dakota, had one of the biggest smiles of the day, and shook everyone's hand on stage before giving his speech. He was an Olympic Silver medalist in 1984.