Doug Fischer

De La Hoya, Trinidad, Calzaghe lead hall of fame’s class of 2014

Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad and Joe Calzaghe were the three fighters elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s Modern category from this year’s ballot, the Hall announced on Wednesday. 

The three superstars, who were elected on their first ballot appearance, will officially be inducted on June 8, 2014, in Canastota, N.Y., the home of the Hall and museum, following the 25th annual Hall of Fame Weekend that starts on June 5.

Promoter Barry Hearn, retired referee Richard Steele, journalist Graham Houston and photographer Neil Leifer are among the living inductees who were elected to the Non-Participant category.

De La Hoya, a six-division titleholder, is arguably the most popular American fighter of the 1990s. Even when the 1992 Olympic gold medalist from East L.A. was past his prime during the 2000s, he continued to be the center of attention of the boxing world as he set and broke pay-per-view event records.

De La Hoya, who retired with a record of 39 victories, 30 by knockouts, and six losses, won major titles from junior lightweight to middleweight. He was THE RING’s Fighter of the Year in 1995.

His 1999 showdown with fellow undefeated welterweight titleholder Trinidad, which the Puerto Rican hero won via controversial majority decision, set a then-pay-per-view record for a non-heavyweight boxing event.

Trinidad is arguably the most popular and accomplished Puerto Rican fighter ever. He had the longest uninterrupted welterweight title reign ever (six years and nine months, from 1993-’99) and second most title defenses (15) ever.

Trinidad, who also won titles at junior middleweight and middleweight, was THE RING’s Fighter of the Year in 2000. He retired with a record of 42 wins, 35 by KO, and three losses.

Calzaghe, who retired with an unblemished record of 46 consecutive wins, 32 by KO, was often known as “The Pride of Wales.” The Welsh southpaw unified all four major belts in the super middleweight division, where he put forth the longest title reign ever (10 years, 11 months, from 1997-2008).

Among Calzaghe’s notable 168-pound victories are unanimous decisions over British legend Chris Eubank, American standout Jeff Lacy and Danish star Mikkel Kessler.

Calzaghe, who tied the super middleweight division record for most title defenses with Sven Ottke (21), also won THE RING’s recognition as light heavyweight champ by outpointing Bernard Hopkins in April of ’08. He defended THE RING 175-pound title against former champ Roy Jones Jr. in November of that same year in his last bout.  

“We’re extremely excited about the Class of 2014 and are very much looking forward to honoring the 25th class of inductees,” said Executive Director Edward Brophy.

The Hall also released names of posthumous honorees: George “K.O.” Chaney, Charles Ledoux, and Mike O’Dowd in the Old-Timer Category; referee Eugene Corri in the Non-Participant Category; and Tom Allen in the Pioneer Category.

Inductees were voted in by members of the Boxing Writers Association of America and a panel of international boxing historians.

 

Click here for more information about the hall of fame’s induction weekend.

 

Photos / THE RING

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