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“Magic Man” to celebrate Class of 2018
including close friend Winky Wright

CANASTOTA, NY - FEBRUARY 20, 2018 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver 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 close friend Winky Wright.

“During his reigns as world champion Antonio Tarver brought tremendous excitement to the sport of boxing,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “We are thrilled that he will be in Canastota to be part of the 2018 activities with fans from around the world.”

Fighting out of Tampa, FL, Tarver capped an impressive amateur career by capturing light heavyweight bronze for the USA at the 1996 Olympic Games. As a pro he would capture multiple light heavyweight championships (WBA/ WBC / IBF / IBO) and the IBO cruiserweight title. Tarver scored wins over Reggie Johnson, Eric Harding, Montell Griffin, Roy Jones Jr., Glen Johnson, Clinton Woods and Danny Green among others. In his last contest, he drew with Steve “USS” Cunningham in 2015. Tarver, who portrayed Mason Dixon in Rocky Balboa in 2005 opposite Sylvester Stallone, owns a professional record of 31-6-1 22 KOs)

“Great 2018 class of inductees! I’m especially looking forward to my good friend Winky Wright’s induction. See you in Canastota for 2018 Hall of Fame Weekend!” said Tarver.

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.

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.
Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver