In a ceremony full of nostalgia, three historic WBC champions, Erik Morales, Vitali Klitschko and Ronald Wright, were inducted into the International Boxing Show in Canastota, New York.
“I never expected to be in the Hall of Fame. I am very proud to be with boxing legends like Muhammad Ali, “Vitali commented.
“Winky” Wright commented: “I thank all those who supported my career. It is a pride to be recognized in such an important and historic place for boxing. “
“I want to thank my Father. It was he who motivated me to be a fighter, he was my coach, but it was my Mother who decided whether to fight or not. She was the one who really gave me the opportunity.
“I thank the promoters that I had in my career that guided me to obtain great and remembered fights. I also thank the WBC for always giving me their support, Erik “Terrible” Morales stated during his speech at the induction ceremony.
Wright is undoubtedly one of the best defensive fighters. He is remembered for his victories over “Sugar” Shane Mosley (2 times) and Felix “Tito” Trinidad.
Born on November 26, 1971, he debuted as pro in 1990, leading a great career until his retirement in 2012, after being defeated by Peter Quillin.
Vitali Klitschko is considered one of the best heavyweights in history. A fighter who built his career with dedication and discipline.
He was born on July 9, 1971, in Belovodsk, Kyrgyzstan, in the former Soviet Union. Vitali began his career as a professional boxer in 1996, winning his first 24 matches almost all by knockout.
An exemplary man who battles inside and outside the ring, formerly as a boxer and now as mayor of Kiev.
Morales, the first 4 times world champion from Mexico, has been an exemplary person inside and outside of the ring, becoming one of the greatest of all time. Among his most remembered combats are his triumphs over Manny Pacquiao in 2005, as well as his famous trilogy with Marco Antonio Barrera.
Winner of world titles in four divisions and retired since 2012 with a record of 52-9 and 36 knockouts, he has often commented about the loyalty and gratitude he has for the WBC.
During the induction ceremony, commentators Steve Albert and Jim Gray were honored in the observer category, while promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl was honored in the category of non-participants.
Ring announcer Johnny Addie and promoter Lorraine Chargin were also honored posthumously.