CANASTOTA (New York): Two-time heavyweight champion George Foreman topped the list of inductees into the International Boxing Hall of Fame announced on Thursday.
Other members of the class of 2003 to be inducted alongside Foreman, include Mike McCallum, who won titles in three different weight classes, welterweight Curtis Cokes, junior welterweight Nicolino Locche of Argentina and posthumously, middleweight champion Fred Apostoli.
Boxing journalist Jack Fiske, author-screenwriter Budd Schulberg and promoter Dan Duva will also be enshrined during ceremonies on June 8.
What a happy moment for me to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, said Foreman, who had a career record of 76-5 with 68 knockouts. It was on my visit there a few years back that I saw the hand wraps of the great Joe Louis.
That is when my hopes too started to arise about someday being alongside the past great boxers. I cannot wait for the date of the event. To have my name with the likes of Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, Jack Johnson and Muhammad Ali, I have made it.
The gold medallist at the 1968 Olympics, Foreman was regarded as one of the most devastating punchers to ever set foot in the ring and in 1972 was crowned undisputed heavyweight champion after knocking out Joe Frazier.
He made two successful title defences before being knocked out by Muhammad Ali in October 1974. Reuters