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FAN FAVORITES GERRY COONEY & MICKY WARD
SET FOR 2018 HALL OF FAME WEEKEND
Hall of Fame Weekend festivities set for June 7-10th
CANASTOTA, NY - MARCH 17, 2018 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today fan favorite boxers “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney and “Irish” Micky Ward are set to participate in 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend festivities in Canastota on June 7-10th. “Gerry Cooney and Micky Ward are two of the most popular boxers with fight fans from around the world,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “We are excited to welcome both back to Canastota to be part of the 2018 activities.” From Huntington, NY, Cooney compiled a 55-2 amateur record before turning pro in 1977. The 6’6” Cooney utilized a devastating left hook to score wins over S.T. Gordon, Eddie Lopez, Dino Dennis, Jimmy Young, Ron Lyle and Hall of Famer Ken Norton to secure a 1982 heavyweight title bout with Larry Holmes (TKO by 13). He retired from the ring in 1990 with a 28-3 (24 KOs) record. Lowell, MA’s Ward turned pro in 1985 and used a crowd-pleasing style to register wins over Shea Neary, Reggie Green and Emanuel Burton among others. In 2002 and 2003 Ward engaged in an epic trilogy with Arturo Gatti (1-2). During his career, he was in “Fight of the Year” three times (2001 vs. Burton, 2002 and 2003 vs. Gatti). The Academy Award-winning motion picture The Fighter chronicled his life. 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 and many more. 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.