The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today former junior welterweight and welterweight champion James “Buddy” McGirt will return to Canastota to attend festivities planned for the 21st Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 10-13th.
“We are so pleased to have ‘Buddy’ McGirt return to Canastota,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “He is a real fan favorite and we are excited about welcoming him again to the Hall of Fame.”
Fighting out of Brentwood, NY, McGirt is the former IBF junior welterweight and WBC welterweight champion. He holds wins over Saoul Mamby, Frankie Warren, Howard Davis, Livingstone Bramble and Simon Brown. During a 15-year career, he posted a 73-6-1 (48 KOs) record. Now a highly respected trainer, he has worked with such fighters as Arturo Gatti, Antonio Tarver, Nate Campbell and his son, James Jr.
The June 10-13th Hall of Fame Induction Weekend will feature over 20 exciting events including a banquet, Madison Square Garden night, parade, golf tournament, cocktail party and the official induction ceremony honoring the Class of 2010. Living inductees to be honored at the Official Induction Ceremony on Sunday, June 13th are light flyweight champion Jung-Koo Chang (South Korea), featherweight champion Danny “Little Red” Lopez (USA), manager Shelly Finkel (USA), referee / commissioner Larry Hazzard (USA), promoter Wilfried Sauerland (Germany), matchmaker Bruce Trampler (USA) and journalist Ed Schuyler (USA). Posthumous inductees will also be honored.
Over 40 boxing stars are scheduled to participate in weekend festivities. In addition to McGirt other stars slated to appear include Nino Benvenuti, Carmen Basilio, Tony DeMarco, Ken Norton, Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor, Angelo Dundee, Leon Spinks, Gerry Cooney, Lou Duva, Sergio Martinez, Robert Guerrero and many others.