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    CANASTOTA, NY - JUNE 5, 2009 - - The International Boxing Hall of Fame has announced that a fireworks show will be part of the 20th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, scheduled for June 11-14th.

The fireworks show will take place at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 11th at the Canastota High School on Roberts Street. A rain date is scheduled for the same time on Friday, June 12th.

"As the Hall of Fame commemorates its 20th anniversary we thought there was no better way to kick off the festivities than with fireworks," said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. "This will be a fun way for area residents and boxing fans who travel to Canastota for the events to celebrate."

“We encourage everyone to bring their lawn chairs to the high school and enjoy the show!”

Other events planned for the Induction Weekend include a banquet, night of rising stars, parade, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, cocktail party and the Official Induction Ceremony honoring the Class of 2009.

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.

An impressive list of boxing legends of yesterday and today are scheduled to participate in weekend festivities. Tickets for all events are now available and capacity crowds are again anticipated for June.

For more information on the Hall of Fame’s 20th Anniversary please call (315) 697-7095.

Hall of Fame Weekend June 11-14th