Arturo Gatti, Virgil Hill Enter Boxing HallDecember 10th, 2012 6:42 pm Associated Press
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The late Arturo Gatti and five-time world champion Virgil Hill have been elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Gatti died three years ago in Brazil under mysterious circumstances. He won titles in two weight divisions. Hill won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics and defended his light heavyweight title 20 times.
Both were elected Monday in their first year of eligibility.
Elected from the modern category were two-time light flyweight champion Myung-Woo Yuh, referee Mills Lane, ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. and journalist Colin Hart.
Lightweight Wesley Ramsey and middleweight Jeff Smith joined the 2013 class from the posthumous category. Manager Arturo “Cuyo” Hernandez, cartoonist Ted Carroll and 19th century Irish boxer Joe Coburn made it in the pioneer division.
Selections were made by the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians. Induction ceremonies are June 9 in Canastota, N.Y.