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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mike Tyson Elected to Boxing Hall of Fame

Mike Tyson was chosen for induction into the Boxing Hall of Fame on Tuesday, an honor for one of the best and most controversial figures in the sport's history.

Also being inducted are three-division champion Julio Cesar Chavez, junior welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu, Mexican trainer Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain, referee Joe Cortez, and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone.

Posthumous honorees to include bantamweight Memphis Pal Moore, light heavyweight champion Jack Root and middleweight Dave Shade in the old-timer category; British heavyweight John Gully in the pioneer category; promoter A.F. Bettinson; and broadcaster Harry Carpenter.

The inductees were voted by members of the Boxing Writers Association of America and a panel of international boxing historians. The induction ceremony will take place on June 12, 2011.

Tyson, 44, finished with a 50-6-0-2 record, winning 44 of those fights by knockout. The heavyweight was the youngest boxer to hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles at the same time and the only heavyweight to unify those titles individually before losing those titles to Buster Douglas in a massive 1990 upset.

After serving three years in prison for sexual assault, Tyson engaged in a series of comeback fights, most notably two fights against Evander Holyfield, one of which ended after Tyson bit Holyfield's ear. It was only one in a series of missteps out of the ring for Tyson, whose public fall from grace was as epic as his initial rise to stardom was. He retired from boxing in 2006.

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