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    CANASTOTA, NY - MAY 21, 2009 - - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today Hall of Fame writer / historian Bert Sugar will attend festivities planned for the 20th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 11-14th.

“Bert Sugar is a fantastic writer and possesses a vast knowledge of the history of boxing,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “We’re excited about welcoming him back to Canastota.”

One of the most recognizable figures in boxing, with his trademark fedora and cigar, Sugar has been a fixture at ringside for over three decades. He has been editor of The Ring and Boxing Illustrated and authored over 50 books, including The Great Fights and The 100 Greatest Boxers of All Time. He has also appeared in several motion pictures including Rocky Balboa, Play it to the Bone, Night and the City and The Great White Hype. In 2005, Sugar was elected into the Hall of Fame.

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 or visit www.ibhof.com.

Hall of Fame Weekend June 11-14th