Strikes me boxing is acquiring Halls of Fame faster than sanctioning bodies, but I’m never one to ignore faithful recognition of the fighters and fight figures who contribute blood, sweat and tears to the sport. In a press release from the WBC today, a short-list of nominees for potential induction into their version of boxing’s hall of fame has been circulated. British greats Charlie Magri, Howard Winstone and the irrepressible Nigel Benn accompany the likes of Mike McCallum and Larry Holmes on the list.
It isn’t clear whether the WBC will be requesting sanctioning fees for those elected. Nor how grateful the reborn Nigel Benn will be to receive an accolade for a pursuit he’s trying desperately hard to distance himself from, culminating in the recent sale of all trophies, belts and memorabilia from his pulsating career.
Read the full release here, which also details a request from jailed former middleweight great Michael Nunn for legal support and discussion on the proposal to fund a statue to commemorate the truly great Rocky Marciano.