Meet the six fighters being inducted ahead of the ceremony Saturday
This weekend see's the return of the International Boxing Hall of Fame as we see the induction of the Class of 2022. Six fighters are set to be commemorated with an induction, joining names like Bernard Hopkins, Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward to name a few. Here are some details of the inductees.
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Roy Jones Jr.
Roy Jones Jr. is one of the greatest fighters to step into the boxing ring. Jones was controversially denied a Gold medal in the 1988 Olympic games, and opted to turn professional. A career in the professional ranks that spanned over 29 years, Jones held multiple world titles, as he started at middleweight, but continued to move up in weight over the years to win a world title at heavyweight in 2003, when he defeated John Ruiz. In 1999, Jones became undisputed light heavyweight champion following victory over Reggie Johnson.
The Puerto Rican legend Miguel Cotto turned professional in 2001, following a stellar amateur career. Cotto's career spanned over 16 years, and in that time Cotto won five world titles over four different weights. His first world title was in the super lightweight division, but he went on to win world titles at welterweight and super welterweight, before going on to defeat Sergio Martinez for the WBC middleweight title.
James 'Lights Out' Toney was one of the most exciting to watch in his prime. A career that began in 1988, Toney boxed until 2017 before retiring. Toney held multiple world titles in three weight divisions, starting at middleweight, then super middleweight, then in 2003 he lifted cruiserweight gold following a victory over Vassiliy Jirov. Toney attempted heavyweight gold in 2006, but was held to a draw with Hasim Rahman.
Regina Halmich was a German female boxer who won world titles in the light flyweight, flyweight and super flyweight divisions. Halmich racked up a stellar record of 54-1-1 in a career that lasted 13 years. Halmich began boxing in 1994, her first world title shot came in her ninth fight, but she was unsuccessful, and was handed her first and only loss of her career, However, Halmich returned to win a world title next time out and would go undefeated for 12 years.
Holly Holm first stepped into the ring in 2002. Holm struck up a nine fight undefeated streak before being handed her first loss in her tenth bout. Holm would then dominate the super lightweight for seven years before opting to step up to welterweight. Holm would be stopped by Anne Sophie Mathis, but Holm would immediately avenge that loss. In 2013, Holm defeated Mary McGee in her final bout before moving on to UFC, where she infamously derailed Ronda Rousey's career.
Tod Morgan had a career that spanned 22 years back in the early to mid nineties. In 1920, Morgan made his debut, where he was held to a draw. Morgan wouldn't get his first victory until his fifth fight. In 1925, Morgan won the world Junior Lightweight title and held it for four an impressive four years. Morgan would fight on until 1942, ending his 218 fight career with a record of 133-42-33. Morgan tragically passed away at the age of 50 in 1953.