Vitali Klitschko inducted into Boxing Hall of Fame

--Field Level Media


Vitali Klitschko, a heavyweight champion in parts of three decades, headlined the list of new inductees into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, N.Y., on Sunday.

The three-time world champion, now 46, ended his storied career with a record of 45-2, including 41 knockouts. The Ukrainian held the WBO title from 1999-2000 and the WBC title twice, from 2004-05 and 2008-13. The 6-foot-7 fighter made 10 successful title defenses.

Also inducted Sunday were fighters Erik ?El Terrible? Morales of Mexico, a world champion in four divisions, light middleweight champion Ronald ?Winky? Wright and Sid Terris, who was honored posthumously.

Others inducted were television commentators Jim Gray and Steve Albert, promoters Lorraine Chargin and Klaus-Peter Kohl, and ring announcer Johnny Addie. Chargin and Addie were honored posthumously.

Klitschko, now mayor of Kiev, and his younger brother Wladimir dominated the heavyweight class for more than a decade.

Morales, 41, retired with a record of 52-9 (36 knockouts) after earning championships as a super bantamweight, featherweight, super featherweight and light welterweight.

Wright, 46, retired in 2012 with a pro record of 51-6-1 (25 KOs).

Terris was an accomplished lightweight contender in the 1920s, winning 50 consecutive bouts as an amateur and posting a 99-13-5 record overall.

Gray, 58, has been part of the broadcast team for hundreds of title fights.