Sylvester Stallone and Mike Tyson Inducted Into Boxing Hall of Fame
The annual International Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canastota received a shot of Hollywood glitter today as Sylvester “Rocky Balboa” Stallone joined Mike Tyson among this years inductees. According to Sports Illustrated Stallone ended his acceptance speech by saying, “Yo Adrian, I did it!”Tyson, a former heavyweight champion whose post boxing troubles included a stint in jail, was overcome with emotion as he gave his speech.
“All my life I watched these guys. I look at them different,” Tyson said as he looked around at a dais that included hometown heroes Carmen Basilio and Billy Backus, Jake LaMotta, Leon Spinks, George Chuvalo, and Marvin Hagler, among others. “Why would I want to be like these guys I always say. I don’t know.
Tyson paused briefly—the crowd erupted in “Come on Mike!”—and then he tried in vain to continue.
“Oh, man,” Tyson said. “I have to take my time with this because there’s other guys up here, you know. When I met Cus, we talked a little bit about money, but we wanted to be great fighters.
“Hey guys, I can’t even finish this stuff. Thank you. Thank you,” Tyson said, then sat down.
Besides Stallone and Tyson the other inducteed were boxers Julio Caesar Chavez and Kostya Tszyu, trainer Ignacio Beristan and referee Joe Cortez.