The Boxing Hall of Fame has had its glorious weekend in Canastota, New York canceled in 2020 and 2021 but it appears that 2022 is full steam ahead with a new class to add to the three to be celebrated.
The 2020 and 2021 classes have not yet been celebrated but the 2022 class will be adding some big names to the already stacked and busy weekend they have planned.
Roy Jones Jr. Headlines the 2022 Boxing Hall of Fame Class
The 2022 class is headlined by only one first-ballot member in Roy Jones Jr., he would make the Olympic boxing team in 1988 and was infamously misjudged during the gold medal match of the 1988 Summer Olympics. After that poor chapter of his career, he became best known for going on a legendary run starting in 1993 with a win over Bernard Hopkins that culminated in a record of 35-1 in the ‘90s.
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Roy Jones Jr. was one of the first fighters to go from winning a middleweight belt, against Hopkins, and then winning the light heavyweight, cruiserweight, and then heavyweight titles. The latter of which would come on the tail end of his successful career in 2003 against John Ruiz.
Also in the class is Miguel Cotto who won titles in three different divisions starting in the light welterweight division but also locked down a silver medal in the 2000 Olympic games. He has notable wins over Zab Judah, Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito, and Sergio Martinez, with other bouts coming from Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather and while he didn’t get wins against them he provided stiff competition for them. Cotto will go down as one of the best of his era and weight with a lot of it being due to his patented left hook to the body, a well-deserving member.
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Two last notable names, for MMA fans especially, are James Toney and Holly Holm who also became members of the Boxing Hall of Fame. Toney would achieve the same as Roy Jones as he would win titles in weight classes from middleweight to heavyweight and even get matched up against fellow class member Roy Jones Jr. For MMA fans though he will be remembered as the first big-time professional boxer to come over to the sport at a time when the two were clashing heads, he would lose to Randy Couture but looking back its worth noting the guts it would have taken to make such a move.
As for Holly Holm, before she made the move to the UFC and became its bantamweight champion, she was a three-division champion in inaugural classes for women in the sport of boxing. With a career record of 33-2-3, she would have an 11-year career starting in 2002 and one where she would get wins over Mary Jo Sanders, her only career loss, and fellow Hall of Fame member and women’s boxing icon Christy Martin. She would use this successful boxing career to jumpstart her MMA career that saw her fight the likes of Ronda Rousey, Meisha Tate, and Cris Cyborg.