On August 5, 1954, The Ring magazine opened the original Boxing Hall of Fame and added the first class of inductees.
There were four categories for the boxing stars that had their names immortalized. The first group of inductees were pioneers of the sport who were elected by the directors of the museum. This group included men that made the sport popular. Nat Langham and Arthur Chambers were included as some of the best of boxing’s earliest era. There were the old-timers who were elected by the Old-Timers committee.
There were also the modern boxers who were elected by writers and broadcasters. This group included great boxers like Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. There was also a special group for trainers, managers and writers called the Meritorious Service to Boxing Group.
After the class of 1988 was elected and inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame, the International Boxing Hall of Fame opened just east of Syracuse, New York and started inducting classes of the world’s best boxers the following year. The boxing writers and broadcasters have been voting athletes, trainers, broadcasters and other people related to the boxing world ever since. A majority of the fighters were re-inducted to the new boxing Hall of Fame since it opened as well.