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Evander Holyfield headlines 2017 International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductees

Evander Holyfield (center) stands alongside the rest of the 2017 induction class during Sunday's Boxing Hall of Fame ceremony in Canastota.

The second weekend in June is special in Central New York.

It's the time of the year when Canastota, New York shines bright.

The village down the New York State Thruway hosts the very best the sport of boxing has to offer.

The 2017 class was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon. Seven newcomers were inducted, headlined by one of the best boxers throughout the 1990's and 2000's.

Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield was the headliner of the list, finishing his career in 2011 with an overall record of 44-10-2, including 29 knockouts along the way.

Holyfield mentioned his mother during his induction speech, who was the one to allow him to start boxing in the first place.

"So I went home and asked my Momma," Holyfield explained, "and she said, 'Do you know what they're going to do to you? That's when I said, 'No.' She said, 'They're going to hit you!' I was the youngest of the family -- I got hit all the time. I get three whoopings a day. I'm usually getting hit. My Momma told me I could hit them back. So that's how boxing started with me."

Below is the list of the rest of 2017 inductees into the International Boxing Hall of Fame:

Marco "The Baby Faced Assassin" Antonio Barrera

Eddie Booker

Steve Farhood

Jimmy Lennon Sr.

Johnny Lewis

Jerry Roth

Johnny "Mi Vida Loca" Tapia

Barry Tompkins

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