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HALL OF FAME HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION RIDDICK “BIG DADDY” BOWE
RETURNING TO CANASTOTA FOR 2018 HALL OF FAME WEEKEND
Hall of Fame Weekend June 7-10th
CANASTOTA, NY - MAY 1, 2018 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today Hall of Fame heavyweight champion Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe will be among Hall of Fame alumni returning to Canastota to attend festivities planned for the 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend June 7-10th. “’Big Daddy’ provided many thrilling moments during his championship career and is a real fan favorite,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “We are so happy to welcome him back as a Hall of Famer to ‘Boxing’s Hometown’ for the 2018 weekend.” From Brooklyn, NY, Bowe turned pro in 1989 under the tutelage of Eddie Futch. During his career he reigned as world heavyweight champion (WBC 1992, IBF/WBA 1992-93, WBO 1995-96). Bowe compiled a 43-1 (33 KOs) record that includes wins over Bert Cooper, Bruce Seldon, Herbie Hide, Tony Tubbs, Michael Dokes and Andrew Golota. “Big Daddy” engaged in an epic trilogy with Hall of Famer Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield (2-1). Named 1992’s “Fighter of the Year,” Bowe retired in 2008 and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 2015. Many events in “Boxing’s Hometown” of Canastota throughout the four-day celebration are planned, including a 5K Race / Fun Run, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, VIP Cocktail Reception, Parade of Champions and the Official Induction Ceremony on the Hall of Fame Museum Grounds. The Hall of Fame Weekend evening events include Friday night’s Fight Night at Turning Stone and Saturday’s Banquet of Champions. Both events will take place at Turning Stone Resort Casino. An impressive list of over 35 boxing greats from the United States and abroad are scheduled to participate in weekend festivities including Mike Tyson, Miguel Cotto, Marco Antonio Barrera, Kelly Pavlik, Antonio Tarver, James Toney, Micky Ward, Sergio Martinez, Leon and Michael Spinks, Gerry Cooney, Christy Martin, "Swift" Jarrett Hurd and many more. The grand marshal of the Hall of Fame Weekend Parade of Champions is Arizona Cardinals wide receiver and 11-time Pro Bowl Selection Larry Fitzgerald. For more information on the events planned for the 2018 International Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend, please call the Hall of Fame at (315) 697-7095, like the Hall on Facebook and follow on Twitter.
TURNING STONE RESORT CASINO
OFFICIAL RESORT CASINO OF THE INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME WEEKEND
In October, Turning Stone Resort Casino and the International Boxing Hall of Fame announced a major five-year partnership. The multifaceted program will spotlight the entire region, garnering national attention and will boost Central New York tourism. The program includes a series of exhilarating nationally-televised boxing events at Turning Stone and will culminate every year in June with an elaborate and bigger-than-ever International Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend celebration with several events, promotions, restaurant specials and more. Turning Stone has become internationally-known for legendary fight-of-the-year level boxing matches, rivaling arenas in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami. In fact, one of the very first fights held at the resort was boxing legend Hector “Macho” Camacho defeating Tommy Small in a sixth round knockout. Over the years, several Boxing Hall-of-Famers and boxing legends have fought or promoted fights at Turning Stone, including Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto and Oscar de la Hoya.