“Earnie Shavers played a big part of the legendary heavyweight division of the 1970s that produced so many memorable moments,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “We’re really looking forward to welcoming him back to Canastota and to the Banquet of Champions.”
Born in Garland, Alabama, Shavers is considered by many as the hardest puncher in heavyweight history. A top rated contender during the 1970s, he challenged both Muhammad Ali (L15) and Larry Holmes (TKO by 11) in title bouts. Shavers compiled an impressive 73-14-1 (67KOs) record during his career and holds wins over such notables as Jimmy Young, Jimmy Ellis, Joe Bugner and Ken Norton among others.
The banquet, which will be held at the Syracuse OnCenter, is a one-of-a-kind event with over 40 boxing celebrities under one roof. Boxing stars already confirmed to attend include Marvelous Marvin Hagler, “Irish” Micky Ward, Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor, Julian Jackson, Wayne McCullough, Lucia Rijker, Mia St. John, Gerry Cooney, Danny “Little Red” Lopez, James “Buster” Douglas and many others.
The event will consist of cocktails, dinner, celebrity comments, video highlights, a commemorative program and much more. Tickets are priced at $135 and corporate tables of 10 are available at $1350.
In addition to the banquet, events planned for the weekend include a night of welterweight warriors, parade, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, cocktail party and the Official Induction Ceremony honoring the Class of 2013. Inductees include two-division champion Arturo “Thunder” Gatti (posthumous), five-time world champion Virgil “Quicksilver” Hill and two-time light flyweight champion Myung-Woo Yuh in the Modern category; “Let’s Get It On” referee Mills Lane, ring announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr. and journalist Colin Hart. Posthumous inductees in the Old-Timer, Pioneer, Non-Participant and Observer categories will also be honored.
For more information on the Hall of Fame’s 24th Annual Induction Weekend please call (315) 697-7095, visit online at www.ibhof.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/InternationalBoxingHallofFame and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BoxingHall.