Roy Jones Jr., James Toney and Miguel Cotto part of Boxing Hall of Fame's class of 2022

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  • James Toney
    James Toney
    American former boxer and mixed martial artist
  • Miguel Cotto
    Miguel Cotto
    Puerto Rican boxer
  • Regina Halmich
    German boxer
  • Bernard Hopkins
    Bernard Hopkins
    American boxer
  • Laila Ali
    Laila Ali
    American boxer
Roy Jones Jr., left, lands a punch against Felix Trinidad during light heavyweight boxing bout Jan. 19, 2008, at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Roy Jones Jr., left, lands a punch against Felix Trinidad during light heavyweight boxing bout Jan. 19, 2008, at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Roy Jones Jr. and James Toney, who fought in a super middleweight title bout in 1994, are part of an eight-person class elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Also elected was former multi-division champion Miguel Cotto. Former UFC champion Holly Holm, who started in boxing, and Regina Halmich were female champions elected as well as Tod Morgan in the Old Timer category. Publicist Bill Caplan, journalist Ron Borges and executive Bob Yalen are also part of the newest class.

The Boxing Hall of Fame's previous two induction ceremonies were canceled due to concerns and challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. The class of 2022 will be inducted with the 2020 and 2021 classes. The induction ceremony is planned for June 12.

Because of the change, Jones, Toney and Cotto will formally enter the Boxing Hall of Fame with Floyd Mayweather, Bernard Hopkins, Wladimir Klitschko and Laila Ali, among other notables from the sport.

"This is an absolutely marvelous feeling," Jones said. "I’m so honored that I get this opportunity and I can’t wait to go to Canastota to see it come to fruition."

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Here's a look at some of the members of the Boxing Hall of Fame's class of 2022.

Roy Jones Jr.

Jones is perhaps the biggest name of the newest group.

Jones (66-9, 47 KOs), who will be remembered for his speed and reflexes, was a dominant pound-for-pound standout. A 1988 Olympic silver medalist, Jones also won titles at 160, 168 and 175 pounds before capturing a heavyweight title in 2003. This was his first year of eligibility.

James Toney

James Toney spits between rounds.
James Toney spits between rounds.

Toney (77-10-3, 47 KOs), known as Lights Out, is considered among the best defensive boxers in the sport.

Toney won the world middleweight title with an upset knockout of Michael Nunn in 1991. He also won super middleweight title before capturing a cruiserweight title in 2003. He was named the boxing writers' Fighter of the Year in 1991 and 2003. He has wins over fellow Hall of Famers Mike McCallum and Evander Holyfield.

“I’ve been waiting for this call and I’m so happy," he said "I can’t believe it. I’m almost tearing up. It’s a blessing and I’m looking forward to coming to Canastota as an inductee.”

Miguel Cotto

Miguel Cotto finished off his career at Madison Square Garden with a title fight.
Miguel Cotto finished off his career at Madison Square Garden with a title fight.

Cotto (41-6, 33 KOs), who is from Puerto Rico, won titles at 147 and 154 pounds before earning a middleweight championship.

Cotto competed with three Hall of Famers during his career with a win over Shane Mosley and losses to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

"After many years in boxing, I’m so proud of what we have done in the sport," Cotto said.

"Above all I was the head of my family and what made me proud as a father was to provide for my family and thanks to boxing I did it in the best way possible. It is amazing, but you have to be humble and carry yourself in the best way possible and work hard every day to reach your goals in life."

Holly Holm and Regina Halmich

Holly Holm, right, punches Raquel Pennington during a UFC 184 mixed martial arts bantamweight bout in Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 2015.
Holly Holm, right, punches Raquel Pennington during a UFC 184 mixed martial arts bantamweight bout in Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 2015.

Before she got into MMA where she earned an upset win over Ronda Rousey, Holm was 33-2-3 as a boxer. She held titles at super lightweight, welterweight and super welterweight.

Regina Halmich attends the Sport Bild Award at the Fischauktionshalle on August 21, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany.  (Photo by Christian Augustin/Getty Images)
Regina Halmich attends the Sport Bild Award at the Fischauktionshalle on August 21, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Christian Augustin/Getty Images)

Halmich, who fought primarily in Europe during a career that lasted from 1994 through 2007, had a record of 54-1-1.

Inductees were voted in by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians.

Ben Birnell is a sports reporter for the Observer-Dispatch. Email Ben Birnell at bbirnell@gannett.com.

This article originally appeared on Observer-Dispatch: Roy Jones Jr., James Toney in Boxing Hall of Fame's 2022 class

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