Gazette news columnist and boxing aficionado Carl Strock offers these photos from Hall of Fame Weekend at the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota.
At the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Sugar Ray Leonard put on the gloves and gave a demonstration of how he used to do it. At the age of 56, he seemed almost as smooth as he did 30 years ago.
Boxing broadcaster Al Bernstein bantered with former light-heavyweight Donny Lalonde and reminisced about the time he called one of Lalonde’s fights the most boring of the year without realizing Lalonde had broken both his hands and was just trying to survive. Bernstein was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the “observer” category.
Bronze castings of some famous fists, and please note the size of Lenox Lewis’s compared to that of Roberto Duran. Now Mike Tyson can see what he got hit with.
The ring from Madison Square Garden where Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fought their unforgettable first fight, in 1971.
Training gloves, now cracked and deteriorated, worn by Joe Louis as he prepared for an exhibition bout in 1942.
A local boxer wraps his hands as he prepares to spar as part of the activities at the Hall of Fame.