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    CANASTOTA, NY - MAY 2009 - - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today former world champions Greg Haugen and Junior Jones will attend festivities planned for the 20th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 11-14th.

“We’re excited about welcoming both Greg Haugen and Junior Jones to Canastota for the Hall of Fame Weekend,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy.

A native of Auburn, Washington, Haugen turned pro in 1982. Wins over Freddie Roach and Charlie “White Lightning” Brown led to a NABF lightweight title-winning bout with Edwin Curet in 1986. That year he defeated Jimmy Paul (W 15) for the IBF lightweight championship. He dropped the title to Vinny Paz (L 15) in 1987, but regained it in their 1988 rematch. Two more defenses followed before losing the crown to Pernell Whitaker. Haugen next captured the WBO light welterweight title from Hector “Macho” Camacho in 1991. He continued to fight until 1999 when he retired with a 40-10-1 (19 KOs) record.

Fighting out of Brooklyn, NY, Jones won the USBA bantamweight title before defeating Jorge Eliecer Julio for the WBA bantamweight championship (W 12) in 1993. Wins over Tommy Parks and Hall of Famer Orlando Canizales set up two career-defining wins over Marco Antonio Barrera in 1996 and 1997 (W DQ 5, W12). Wins over Tom Johnson and Tracy Harris Patterson followed before retiring in 2002 with a record of 50-6 (28 KOs). 

Events planned for the 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. In addition, other special activities will be implemented for the celebration, including a fireworks display.

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 lineup of boxing legends of yesterday and today are scheduled to participate in weekend festivities.

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

Hall of Fame Weekend June 11-14th