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      CANASTOTA, NY - FEBRUARY 16, 2017 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today multi-division world champion James “Lights Out” Toney will be a special guest for 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend festivities set for June 8-11th in “Boxing’s Hometown.”

“James Toney was an ‘old school’ fighter who provided boxing fans with plenty of exciting moments during his career,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “We are very much looking forward to welcoming him to Canastota to participate in the 2017 Hall of Fame Weekend events.”

Born in Grand Rapids, MI, Toney turned pro in 1988. He won world titles in multiple weight divisions and holds wins over such notables as Michael Nunn, Iran Barkley, Vassiliy Jirov, Merqui Sosa, “Prince” Charles Williams, Fres Oquendo and Hall of Famers Mike McCallum and Evander Holyfield. “Lights Out” owns a 76-10-3 (46 KOs) professional record and, in 1991 and 2003, he was named “Fighter of the Year.”

Events planned for the weekend include a Friday Night Fiesta, banquet, parade, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, cocktail party and the Official Induction Ceremony honoring the Class of 2017.

The Class of 2017 includes Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield, Marco Antonio Barrera, Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapia, Eddie Booker, trainer Johnny Lewis, ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Sr., judge Jerry Roth, journalist / broadcaster Steve Farhood and broadcaster Barry Tompkins.

An impressive list of over 35 boxing greats from the United States and abroad are scheduled to participate in weekend festivities.

For more information on the 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend please call (315) 697-7095 or visit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/InternationalBoxingHallofFame and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BoxingHall.
Toney Ready For Visit To “Boxing’s Hometown” June 8-11th