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Two-division champion “Maravilla” ready
for visit to “Boxing’s Hometown” June 7-10th

CANASTOTA, NY - MARCH 22, 2018 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today two-division world champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez will be a special guest for 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend festivities set for June 7-10th in “Boxing’s Hometown.”

“During his championship career Sergio Martinez was a fan favorite who always brought excitement to the ring,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “We are very much looking forward to his return to Canastota in June to meet and greet his many fans.”

The fighting pride of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Martinez turned pro in 1997. “Maravilla” captured the WBC light middleweight championship before going up in weight to defeat Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (W 12) in 2010 for the WBC / WBO / The Ring middleweight titles. During his championship career, the charismatic pugilist compiled a pro record of 51-3-2 (28 KOs) that includes wins over Alex Bunema (TKO 8), Paul Williams (KO 2), Darren Barker (KO 11), Matthew Macklin (TKO 11), Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (W 12) and Martin Murray (W 12). Martinez announced his retirement from the sport at the 2015 Hall of Fame Weekend in Canastota.

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, Miguel Cotto, Marco Antonio Barrera, Kelly Pavlik, Antonio Tarver, James Toney, Micky Ward, Leon and Michael Spinks, Gerry Cooney 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.


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.