Boxing hall seeks help to avoid knockout punch

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CANASTOTA — The International Boxing Hall of Fame was hit with a devastating punch in the form of the overwhelming financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the keeper of the sweet science’s history is hoping it has the public in its corner.

To stave off a knockout fiscal blow, the International Boxing Hall of Fame is asking boxing fans, friends, community members and supporters of the hall from around the world to make a donation during this, the most challenging time in the museum’s 31-year history.

“COVID-19 has affected everyone around the world,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “The Hall of Fame is asking for support to keep the magic alive in ‘Boxing’s Hometown’ of Canastota and much needed contributions will allow the Hall of Fame to maintain its mission to honor and preserve boxing’s rich history.”

The Hall of Fame Museum was closed to the public from mid-March until early July and is currently open under limited capacity in accordance with COVID-19 safety protocols. With Museum visitor traffic projected to continue being drastically reduced for the foreseeable future and on-site fundraising events limited, the Hall of Fame is asking supporters to consider making a donation to the IBHOF.

The Hall of Fame is known both as a repository of artifacts of boxing history — as well as its efforts to bring some of the best known names in the sport to town to celebrate boxing as well as the hall’s annual inductions.

Within its walls, visitors to the boxing shrine can see the boxing ring at Madison Square Garden in New York City was the site of many fights from 1925 to 2007, including “The Fight of the Century” between Muhammad Ali and “Smokin’” Joe Frazier on March 8, 1971; gloves and robes from a variety of champions, as well as posters and promotional materials from great champions, past and present.

“With your support, we know that the IBHOF will be able to keep swinging strong and win this fight,” officials said.

Donations can be made via check or money order made payable to International Boxing Hall of Fame, phone order with a charge card (V/MC/DISCOVER/AMEX) or via PayPal on the Hall of Fame’s official website www.ibhof.com

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