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“Dr. Steelhammer” to celebrate older brother
Vitali Klitschko’s induction into Hall of Fame

CANASTOTA, NY - MAY 25, 2018 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today former WBO / IBF / IBO / WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko will be in Canastota to participate in 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend festivities set for June 7-10th and celebrate the enshrinement of his older brother, former WBO / WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.

“The Hall of Fame is thrilled to welcome Wladimir Klitschko to Canastota to witness his brother take his place among the immortals of the sport,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “The Klitschko brothers made boxing history so it will be very exciting to see them together in ‘Boxing’s Hometown’ on such a special occasion for their family.”

Klitschko captured super heavyweight gold for Ukraine at the 1996 Olympic Games. He turned pro the same year and compiled an incredible 64-5 (53 KOs) record that includes reigns as WBO (2000-03, 2008-15), IBF /IBO (2006-15) and WBA  (2011-15) heavyweight champion. Klitschko is the second longest reigning heavyweight champion in history and holds wins over Chris Byrd, Ray Mercer, Samuel Peter, Lamon Brewster, Hasim Rahman, David Haye and Alexander Povetkin among others. Following a thrilling title bout against Anthony Joshua (TKO by 11) in April 2017, the 6’ 6” Klitschko, who was trained by Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward for the majority of his career, announced his retirement from the sport of boxing with a 77% knockout percentage.

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.

The Class of 2018 includes boxers Vitali Klitschko, Erik Morales, Winky Wright and Sid Terris; ring announcer
Johnny Addie, promoters Lorraine Chargin and Klaus-Peter Kohl and broadcasters Steve Albert and Jim Gray.

An impressive list of over 35 boxing greats from the United States and abroad are scheduled to participate in weekend festivities including Mike Tyson, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Riddick Bowe, 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, Jessie Vargas 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.


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.