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CANASTOTA, NY - JUNE 11, 2009 - - The opening bell will soon ring for the 20th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, June 11-14th. A huge gathering of boxing legends of yesterday and today will participate in festivities in Canastota and help the Hall of Fame celebrate the landmark 20th anniversary.

Among the over 40 boxing stars slated to participate in the June 11-14th festivities include Hall of Famers Carmen Basilio, Carlos Ortiz, Emile Griffith, Ruben Olivares, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Aaron Pryor, Michael Carbajal, Carlos Palomino, Lou Duva, Don Chargin, J Russell Peltz, Stanley Christodoulou, Bert Sugar, Angelo Dundee, Emanuel Steward and Bob Arum.

Joining the Hall of Famers will be special guests Christy Martin, Livingstone Bramble, Marlon Starling, Leon Spinks, Greg Haugen, Ray Mercer, Mark Breland, Junior Jones, John H. Stracey, Meldrick Taylor, Billy Backus, Dickie DiVeronica and Gaby Canizales.

Also, many of boxing’s top rising stars including top ten heavyweight Kevin “The Kingpin” Johnson, 2008 Olympian Deontay Wilder, IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute, two-time welterweight champion Kermit “The Killer” Cintron, WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto and WBO junior middleweight champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams will attend.

The four-day Hall of Fame Weekend features over twenty events including a banquet, golf tournament, 5K Race / Fun Run, the Parade of Champions with actors Burt Young (“Paulie” in Rocky) and Federico Castelluccio (“Furio” on The Sopranos) serving as grand marshals and the Official Induction Ceremony on Sunday, June 14th at 2:30 p.m.

Opening ceremony to officially kick off Hall of Fame Weekend festivities is slated for Thursday, June 11th at 5 p.m. at the Event Pavilion on the Hall of Fame grounds. A fireworks show is slated for 9:30 p.m. that evening at the Canastota High School.

New inductees to be honored are bantamweight champion Orlando Canizales, heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, junior lightweight champion Brian Mitchell, matchmaker / publicist / promoter Bob Goodman, promoter Akihiko Honda, journalist Hugh McIlvaney and broadcaster Larry Merchant. Posthumous inductees will also be honored.

“The Hall of Fame Weekend is boxing's highlight weekend of the year. In Canastota, boxing fans can mingle with an incredible roster of boxing legends and celebrate the great sport,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. "The Hall of Fame Weekend is for anyone who loves the sport of boxing."

For more information on the 20th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, please call 315-697-7095.

Hall of Fame Weekend June 11-14th
Lewis, Hagler, Basilio, Pryor, Merchant, Spinks, Breland
and Bramble among 40 boxing stars to attend