CANASTOTA – The International Boxing Hall of Fame released the ballots for the 2022 election to an international panel of voters on October 1. Inductees will be nominated in the following categories: Modern, Elder, Non-Participant, Observer, and Modern Female.
Members of the Boxing Writers Association of America and an international panel of boxing historians voted. Voters from Japan, England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States are among those who will participate in the electoral process.
“Sending the ballot on October 1 is a special time for the sport of boxing,” said executive director Edward Brophy. “There is a huge wait as the Hall of Fame and the global boxing community anxiously await the results to determine who will join the list of boxing immortals.”
First appearing on the modern men’s ballot, two-division world champion Acelino “Popo” Freitas (41-2, 34 KOs) of Brazil, four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. (66- 9, 47 KOs) of Pensacola, Fla. And two-time flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (91-5-2, 47 KOs) of Thailand. The modern male ballot 2022 consists of 42 candidates whose last contest did not take place until 1989.
Super bantamweight champion Alicia Ashley (24-12-1, 4 KOs) of Jamaica and two-division champion Anne Sophie Mathis (27-4-1, 23 KOs, 1 NC) of France make their debut on the ballot modern feminine. The modern women’s ballot 2022 consists of 12 candidates whose last fight did not take place before 1989.
Connecticut welterweight and middleweight Lou Bogash (103-16-13, 41 KOs, 2 NC, 2 ND) has been added to the old ballot, which consists of 50 candidates whose last bout did not have took place before 1893 and at the latest in 1942.
Referee Frank Cappuccino, Judge Tom Kaczmarek and Referee / Judge Pat Russell were added to the ballot of the 29 non-participating candidates, which honors men and women who have contributed to the sport outside of the roles of boxers or observers,
Broadcaster Nick Charles, Columnist Wallace Matthews and Historian / Producer Bob Yalen have been added to the 24 Candidate Observer ballot, which honors print and media reporters, media executives and producers, editors , writers, historians, archivists, statisticians, photographers, artists and screenwriters.
The ballot papers have been distributed from time to time. 1 and a press conference will take place in early December to announce the results of the vote.
Due to the cancellation of the previous two Hall of Fame Induction Weekends (2020 and 2021), the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 will be honored at a “Once in a Lifetime” event on the Hall of Fame Induction Weekend Trilogy theme on June 9. -12, 2022. The event schedule and ticket request will be released soon.
Numerous events in Canastota’s “Boxing Hometown” throughout the four-day celebration are scheduled and Hall of Fame weekend nights include the Friday Night Fight Night. at Turning Stone and at the Champions Banquet on Saturday. Both events will take place at the Turning Stone Resort Casino.
For more information on the Induction Weekend Trilogy, call 315-697-7095, visit online at www.ibhof.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.