Cotto, Jones Jr., Toney lead 2022 Boxing Hall of Fame class
By The Star Staff
Miguel Cotto, the first Puerto Rican boxer to win world titles in four weight classes, from light welterweight to middleweight, will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, N.Y. next June as a member of the Hall’s 2022 class.
Cotto, who fought professionally for 16 years and retired in 2017 with record of 41 wins (33 by knockout) and six losses, is joined in the Modern category by Roy Jones Jr., another four-division champion who enters the Hall in his first year of eligibility after retiring in 2018 with a record of 66-9 with 47 KOs, and James “Lights Out” Toney (77-10, 47 KOs), a multi-division world champion who also retired in 2017.
“After many years in boxing, I’m so proud of what we have done in the sport,” Cotto said upon receiving the news of his induction on Tuesday. “Above all I was the head of my family and what made me proud as a father was to provide for my family and thanks to boxing I did it in the best way possible. It is amazing, but you have to be humble and carry yourself in the best way possible and work hard every day to reach your goals in life. I look forward to being in Canastota next June.”
Cotto will take his place alongside the other legendary boxers from Puerto Rico who have been enshrined in the sport’s hall of fame: Carlos Ortiz (1991), Wilfredo Gómez (1995), Wilfred Benítez (1996), José Torres (1997), Sixto Escobar (2002), Edwin Rosario (2006), Pedro Montañez (2007), Cocoa Kid (2012), Félix “Tito” Trinidad (2014) and Héctor “Macho” Camacho (2016).
The other 2022 inductees are champions Regina Halmich and Holly Holm in the women’s Modern category, publicist Bill Caplan in the Non-Participant category, and journalist Ron Borges and historian/producer Bob Yalen in the Observer category. Posthumous inductees are junior lightweight champion “The Seattle Flash” Tod Morgan in the Old Timer category and ring announcer Chuck Hull in the Non-Participant category. Inductees were voted in by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians.
Due to the cancellation of the two previous Induction Weekends, the Classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 will be honored at a “Once In a Lifetime” Hall of Fame Weekend Induction Trilogy scheduled for June 9-12 in “Boxing’s Hometown.”
“With today’s announcement, we are thrilled to have the final piece of the Induction Trilogy in place,” Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy said.
The Class of 2020 includes Bernard Hopkins, Juan Manuel Márquez, Shane Mosley, Christy Martin, Lucia Rijker, Barbara Buttrick, Frank Erne, Paddy Ryan, Lou DiBella, Kathy Duva, Dan Goossen, Bernard Fernandez and Thomas Hauser.
The Class of 2021 includes Wladimir Klitschko, Floyd Mayweather, Andre Ward, Laila Ali, Ann Wolfe, Marian Trimiar, Jackie Tonawanda, Davey Moore, Freddie Brown, Dr. Margaret Goodman, Jackie McCoy, George Kimball and Jay Larkin.
The 2022 Hall of Fame Weekend Induction Trilogy will feature numerous events over four days including Parade of Champions and the Official Induction Ceremony on the Hall of Fame Museum Grounds.