The International Boxing Hall of Fame revealed its nine-strong class of 2019 today, who will officially be inducted over the weekend of June 6th, 2018.
Two-division champion and 1980 Olympian Donald Curry (Modern)
Two-division champion and power-punching legend Julian Jackson (Modern)
Two-division champion and prolific trainer Buddy McGirt (Modern)
Welterweight champion and Boston legend Tony DeMarco (Old Timer)
Those in the non-participant and observer categories include venerable promoter/manager Don Elbaum, versatile officiating veteran Guy Jutras, Top Rank publicist Lee Samuels, trainer/broadcaster Teddy Atlas, and the late Mario Rivera Martino, who served Puerto Rican boxing for more than 50 years as a writer and eventual commissioner.
Here’s the entire “Modern” ballot.
Ballot for IBHOF 2019— Boxing Life (@BoxingLifeUK1) October 31, 2018
I have Nigel Benn, Buddy McGirt & Vinny Paz. pic.twitter.com/94JfGTRxm6
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam would have been on this list and probably would have made it in, but his April bout with Manot Comput, who replaced Koki Kameda, delayed his elegibility.
Now that we’ve got the results out of the way, it’s time for my favorite part of the whole endeavor: arguing over who got lucky and who got robbed.