International Boxing Hall of Fame, Canastota

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A boxing hotbed for over 100 years, Canastota, New York has a storied boxing history that includes bare-knuckle boxers (1800s), high school boxing teams (1920s - 50s) and two welterweight champions, Carmen Basilio (1955-56, 1956-57) and Billy Backus (1970-71). Basilio also held the middleweight championship (1957-58). The Hall offers exciting exhibits (fist castings, robes, shoes, championship belts, statues, Hall of Fame Wall, and audio/visual stations).

The Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend held the 2nd weekend of June is a four-day festival with events held both on-site and at other locations near the Hall of Fame. Thousands of boxing fans from around the world congregate to mingle with over 40 boxing legends and participate in over twenty events including a golf tournament, banquet, and parade. The highlight is the Official Induction Ceremony welcoming the newest members into the Hall of Fame.
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  • So when I called they said to budget 30-45 minutes. I was there for double that. Given that boxing has been around forever, but the HOF has only been around since 1990, I had hoped for more stuff... 
    So when I called they said to budget 30-45 minutes. I was there for double that. Given that boxing has been around forever, but the HOF has only been around since 1990, I had hoped for more stuff...  more »
  • I don't know if people in the area understand what they have here. In a tiny town, but directly off the NYS thruway and a measly 25 minute drive from Syracuse, you have a spot that encompasses the... 
    I don't know if people in the area understand what they have here. In a tiny town, but directly off the NYS thruway and a measly 25 minute drive from Syracuse, you have a spot that encompasses the...  more »
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  • Wow! I saw Lela Ali ! Induction weekend brought many people to this place. There are all sorts of exhibits with many people that made the sport. The ring from Madison Square Garden is in one of the 2 buildings. Gift shop has shirts, books, and pens. Glasses. So if you love boxing this place is for you. Others may enjoy seeing the exhibits, pictures, hand casts of fighters hands! Interesting indeed!!
  • What a thrill to visit this museum. To see gloves, robes and shoes worn by boxing's greats, was amazing. And to see the original ring from Madison Square Garden was an extra surprise. Great experience!

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