After their huge contributions to the world of boxing, superstars Vitali Klitschko, Erik Morales and Ronald “Winky” Wright have all been elected to be in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. It is the first chance they have had to be elected.
The criteria for their induction in the “modern boxer” category was that fighters needed to have debuted from 1989 onwards and stepping out the ring in 2012.
Vitali Klitschko had an astonishing career, winning 45 out of the 47 fights he took part in and winning the world heavyweight title on three separate occasions. After returning from a three-year hiatus in 2008, Vitali and his brother Wladimir won all of the major titles in boxing. Nowadays, he is the mayor of the capital city of his home country Ukraine, Kiev.
Erik Morales will go down in history as one of the best fighters in Mexican history, having become the first in the country’s history ever to have won four world titles. What made the achievement particularly special was the fact that each title had come in a different weight.
As for the third name on the list of inductees, Ronald “Winky” Right is best known for winning the junior middleweight titles twice. Amazingly, Winky is the last undisputed junior middleweight champions, and he has held that accolade for over a decade.
Other sports personalities who are joining Klitschko, Morales and Winky include a bunch of other names. These consist of broadcasters Steve Albert and Jim Gray and German promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl.
Three people get posthumous inclusions into the Hall of Fame. These include announcer Johnny Addie, lightweight from the 1920s Sid Terris and Lorraine Chargin, who worked alongside her husband to promote thousands of boxing matches over half a century.
The joint unveiling of the three boxers will occur at the 29th annual induction ceremony in Canastota, New York in the Summer of 2018.