World Boxing Hall of Fame

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The World Boxing Hall of Fame, also known as the WBHF for short, was founded by Everett L. Sanders in 1980. It is one of two internationally recognized halls of fame, along with the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF), which is located in Canastota, New York and opened in 1989. (The WBHF is to be distinguished from the "World Boxing Hall of Fame" of Smithville, Ontario, Canada. [1])

The WBHF was originally a foundation without a permanent location, which allowed the younger IBHOF--which does have a museum--to garner more publicity and prestige. In 2005, the WBHF partnered with the 125-year-old Los Angeles Athletic Club and established a permanent museum inside the club's headquarters. This was opened to the public in 2006.

Every year, the WBHF nominates several influential members of the boxing community for consideration. At the end of the year, a board of industry experts determines which nominees are inducted into the WBHF. Nominations are separated into the following three categories: boxer category, expanded category and posthumous category. Professional boxers are eligible for admission to the hall of fame beginning five years after their retirement.

The WBHF holds its annual induction ceremony each October. Inductees receive plaques, medallions and other mementos. Beginning in 2004, new members of the hall of fame receive a 12" tall bronze statue called "The Prizefighter.". The sculpture was designed by artist and boxing trainer Steven Harpst. A souvenir program is also given to all attendees.

Its present office address is:
8304 Limonite Ave, Suite D
Riverside CA 92509


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