Mike Tyson was the Heavyweight Champion. He was one of the most feared people in the history of boxing, and had a record of 50-6 with 44 knockouts. Julio Cesar Chavez was a three time divisional champion. He was one of the biggest names in boxing in the 90s. And went 89 fights without a loss, and finished with 107 wins over 115 fights. Sylvester Stallone made Rocky. All three men will enter the Boxing Hall of Fame.
Depending on who you ask, Stallone’s induction into the Hall of Fame is a disgrace or a long awaited honor. Stallone is a big fan of boxing, and created one of the most memorable figures, although fictitious, in the history of boxing.
The people at Larry Brown Sports write:
Stallone is an actor. He played a boxer in a fictitious movie. Sure, he played in a series of movies, and they were great, but none of it was actually real. It’s an insult to guys like Tyson, Chavez, and [Kostya] Tsyzu who all actually were beat up on the ring and administered beatings, that someone who did nothing gets in.
But for others, Stallone earned his spot in the Boxing Hall of Fame because he was an ambassador to the sport. The inductees were voted on by members of the Boxing Writers Association of America. And whether or not you agree with Stallone’s inclusion, Rocky Balboa will be joining the rest of the boxing greats in the Boxing Hall of Fame.
“I am honored to be nominated in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The sport of boxing has given me so much and it is truly a blessing to be acknowledged alongside other historical boxing legends because they paved the way for me as I hope I have inspired others in this great sport.
“I am honored and I feel humble. At this moment in my life, to be inducted into the Hall of Fame is very special. I feel great to know that my name will be inscribed with the best of the best, to join some of my heroes and to leave a mark for my family and my country.”
[Source: Miami Herald]