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Arturo Gatti inducted to International Boxing Hall of Fame

Arturo Gatti has been inducted posthumously to the International Boxing Hall of Fame and will be enshrined in a ceremony on June 9 in Canastota, N.Y. (AP) Arturo Gatti has been inducted posthumously to the International Boxing Hall of Fame and will be enshrined in a ceremony on June 9 in Canastota, N.Y. (AP)

Arturo Gatti has been inducted to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

The two-division champion headlines a class of inductees that includes five-time champion Virgil Hill, two-time light flyweight champion Myung-Woo Yuh, referee Mills Lane, ring announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr., and journalist Colin Hart, the Hall of Fame announced on Monday.

Gatti's candidacy had been a subject of vociferous debate among boxing insiders, a question of his limited credentials versus undeniable entertainment value.

“It is the biggest honor that’s ever been bestowed upon me," said Hill in a statement. "It’s more than winning the five world titles and the Olympic silver medal. It’s the biggest thing -- outside of my children and wife -- that’s ever happened to me.”

Other inductees from the 2013 include lightweight Wesley Ramey and middleweight Jeff Smith in the Old-Timer Category (posthumous), manager Arturo “Cuyo” Hernandez in the non-participant category (posthumous); cartoonist Ted Carroll in the observer category (posthumous); and Joe Coburn in the pioneer category (posthumous).

This year's class will be enshrined on June 9 in Canastota, N.Y.

-- SI.com staff

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