Vitali Klitschko is the first Ukrainian elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame

11.06.2018 08:04

The mayor of Kyiv, ex-heavyweight world champion Vitali Klitschko became the first boxer from Ukraine who was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in the modern boxer category. Both Klitschko brothers attended the Induction Ceremony, which took place in the village of Canastota, NY.

«I could call it a fairy-tale, that I have never dared dream of. Now I belong among the greatest legends - Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Mike Tyson, and others. There are millions of boxers in the world, thousands of world champions, and to belong among the legends feels awesome!» pointed out Klitschko. «You must fight for your dream, work tirelessly and never stop. And then anything is possible,» said Vitali Klitschko at the ceremony. He also told his favourite story: when he was a teen, he promised his friends to take away the world title from Mike Tyson someday.  Nobody had believed him, of course. But when he was 18, he won the title. Mike Tyson, who was also present to watch the Induction Ceremony, listened to the story intently and with interest. 

Also Vitali Klitschko said thank you to his brother, who is always there for him and made the trip to Canastota to witness his big brother’s crowning moment. «Together we twice as strong. We both did a lot for the world boxing and did it together,» stated Vitali Klitschko. He also emphasized the importance of recognizing and honouring the achievements of Ukraine by the International Hall and Museum of Boxing Fame.

One of the Induction Weekend’s most anticipated events is the Parade of Champions prior to the start of the official Induction Ceremony. Thousands of boxing fans from all over come out to watch the Parade and wave to the boxing celebrities passing by in convertibles.

Among other 2018 honoured boxing celebrities are Mexican four-division world champion Erik Morales and light middleweight champion Ronald "Winky" Wright,  broadcasters Jim Gray and Steve Albert and German promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl.

Elected posthumously are Sid Terris, a top rated American lightweight boxing contender, ring announcer Johnny Addie and promoter Lorraine Chargin who will become only the second woman to gain induction to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

To celebrate 2018 Induction Ceremony an impressive list of boxing legends attended the festivities including Mike Tyson, Wladimir Klitschko, Riddick Bowe, Miguel Cotto, Marco Antonio Barrera, Kelly Pavlik, and many more prominent boxers.