By Josh Kramer
Tomorrow, the Boxing Hall of Fame will welcome its hotly anticipated 2011 class. And for those of you who are not the biggest boxing fans (most of this generation are not), at least you will have heard of two of the inductees. These two men are entirely different ambassadors of the sport. Yet they both share one common trait.
They are both great actors.
One of the inductees is Sylvester “Sly” Stallone. His Rocky movies are widely considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, movie saga of all time. Whether you are a Stallone fan or not, you have to admit that the Rocky movies have a small place in your heart. The song “Gonna Fly Now,” also widely known as the “Rocky Song” is a tune familiar to all Americans. In addition, how many movies have an actual statue that still resides where the movie took place? This statue is a landmark that tourists always make an effort to see. Lastly, the 72 stone steps that sit outside of the Philadelphia Art Museum will forever be known as the “Rocky Steps.” No matter what time of year or what day you go to the city of Brotherly Love, you will always watch people run up the “Rocky Steps” and do an impersonation of the famous scene from the movies. These people could 3-years-old, or they could be 80-years-old, they will still run up those stairs and pretend that they are Rocky.
The other inductee tomorrow is another name familiar to all. He was known as “The Baddest Man on the Planet” and as “Iron Mike” Tyson. He was quite possibly the scariest figure sports has seen in the past 20 years. Raw intimidation was the name of the game for the man they called, “The Baddest Man on the Planet.” Tyson took the boxing world by storm in the mid 80s and early 90s becoming the youngest Heavyweight Champion of all time at the ripe age of 20. Tyson was seemingly unbeatable until one fateful night in Tokyo, February 11th, 1990. Iron Mike was defeated in arguably the greatest upset in the history of sports by Buster Douglas. Tyson did later regain the title. But he was no longer the invincible Mike Tyson that America had come to know.
In his post boxing career, Mike Tyson has become a mainstay in the world of theatre. He has appeared in the smash hit movie, “The Hangover,” and on one of television’s most popular shows “Entourage.” He truly loves being in front of the camera and feels like theatrical work is his true calling these days.
Other inductees to the boxing Hall of Fame tomorrow include:
Julio Cesar Chavez, Kostya Tszyu, Ignacio Beristain, and Joe Cortez
If you are under the age of 25, I will be very surprised if you have heard of more than one of these guys.
Either way, the Boxing Hall of Fame will be inducting two great actors and two great ambassadors of the sport.
Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.