Today, 12 people were elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The easiest calls were "Iron" Mike Tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez and Kostya Tszyu.
Most people know who those three fighters are and they deserved it. Quite frankly, they were easy calls. The other inductees included four fighters, a promoter, a referee, a trainer, and an actor.
Yes, you read that write, an actor. I am going to lay out who these men are and why they got inducted. These men will be inducted on June 12, 2011.
Congratulations to the IBHOF inductees of 2011.
There have been a lot of characters in boxing history but Tyson stands over them all. He started out as an unstoppable teenager then morphed into an almost mythical force as the youngest heavyweight champion ever.
He had guys beat before they ever stepped into the ring and won his first 37 fights and only four of those men saw the final bell.
He owns wins over Michael Spinks, Larry Holmes, Pinklon Thomas, Trevor Berbick, "Bonecrusher" Smith among others.
We then saw his fall from grace his eventual comeback and he was still the biggest star in boxing. He was always a huge star and still is for that matter.
Why was he inducted: I don't think I need to tell anyone this.
107 wins in 115 fights, 87 straight wins to start his career, and 86 knockouts. Those are numbers that you don't see in modern boxing history.
Chavez produced those numbers over a 25 year boxing career and become arguably the greatest Mexican fighter in Mexico's rich fighting history.
He owns wins over Edwin Rosario, Greg Haugen, Hector Camacho, Meldrick Taylor, Roger Mayweather and Juan Laporte. Not all were controversy free, but they were wins none the less.
He is still close to boxing as he works as a color commentator for Mexican television.
Why he was inducted: Another no-brainer. He might be the best Mexican fighter ever and was a six time titlist in three separate weight divisions and beat some great fighters.
"The Thunder From Down Under" may get lost among the two bigger names, but he deserves this just as much as they do.
He was a great amateur and was the world champion. He then faced top opponents almost immediately after turning pro.
He won the IBF light welterweight title in his 14th fight and held it for two years his first time around. He won the WBC, WBA, and regained the IBF title.
He owns wins over Julio Cesar Chavez, Sharmba Mitchell, Calvin Grove, Roger Mayweather, Zab Judah and Rafael Ruelas.
Why he was inducted: He was the light welterweight champion (the legitimate one) for the better part of a half decade and only has one loss in his prime.
If you count newspaper decisions, Memphis Pal Moore went 159-52-39, mostly at bantamweight.
While he was never a world titlist, he had thirty fights against former or future titlists, with an overall winning record against those opponents.
Why he was inducted: He was a very good fighter that had wins over a lot of former or future titlists. He was a typical old-school warhorse.
Root is considered the first light heavyweight champion and owns wins over Marvin Hart, Charles "Kid" McCoy, "Fireman" Jim Flynn, and George Gardner.
Why he was inducted: He only had three losses in 55 fights and is considered the first world light heavyweight champion.
Shade was a welterweight and middleweight in the 1920's who once challenged for the world welterweight title.
He has received additional support after the recent discovery of a number of early career bouts
Why he was inducted: Another tough fighter from a bygone era. He had a lot more wins then losses and was a good fighter for a very long time.
Gully was a bareknuckle heavyweight champion from early 19th century in England, who is probably more famous for his racehorse stable and for having been a member of Parliament.
Why he was inducted: He was inducted in the pioneer category and was a bareknuckle heavyweight champion.
Nacho goes in as a trainer and he is still one of the best trainer/managers in Mexico today. For what its worth I think he is the second best trainer out there today.
He has worked with over thirty titlists, including Daniel Zaragoza, Finito Lopez, Gilberto Roman, Rodolfo Lopez and more recently, the Marquez brothers and Jorge Arce.
Why he was inducted: He is one of the top trainers and has been for a long time. He is highly respected and has worked with a lot of titlists.
Bettinson created the National Sport Club in 1891 which was a precursor to the BBBofC. He also promoted fighters such as Kid Lewis, Jummy Wilde, Barbados Joe Walcott and Georges Carpentier.
Not to mention that he was the best sports writer of his day.
Why he was inducted: He did a lot of things for boxing and British Boxing wouldn't be where it is today without him.
Harry Carpenter was a longtime sportscaster for the BBC. He was also a broadcaster in many other areas but he was best known for his boxing coverage.
Most famously, he covered the U.K. broadcast of the Rumble in the Jungle, and was known for his cordial post-fight interviews with Frank Bruno, who developed his catchphrase "Know what I mean 'Arry?"
Unfortunately, Carpenter died earlier this year.
Why he got inducted: He is another huge figure in the British boxing world and if you watch the video above he is very respected.
This is one that many people will groan over, but I think it is a good call. Cortez has referred over 170 title fights including Oscar de la Hoya vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Ricky Hatton.
He isn't the best referee I have ever seen but he is still one of the better ones out there.
Why he was inducted: He has been involved in a lot of title fights and is one of the best referees out there.
Balboa is a southpaw boxer who came from nowhere to win the world heavyweight title two times. He finished his career with a record of 57-23-1 with 51 knockouts.
He owns wins over Apollo Creed (1-1 against him), Clubber Lang (1-1 against him), and Ivan Drago (1-0 against him).
During his first title run he defended the title 10 times in a row but seriously Stallone was inducted and it is a quite perplexing.
He wrote and starred in Rocky and had a big hand in The Contender series.
Why he was inducted: Not sure besides he has been involved in boxing for a long time.