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Evander Holyfield heads Boxing Hall of Fame's 2017 class

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By JOHN KEKIS
AP Sports Writer

CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) - Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and three-division champion Marco Antonio Barrera of Mexico head a list of nine people selected for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Holyfield captured the WBC-WBA-IBF titles in 1990 with a third-round knockout of Buster Douglas and made successful defenses against George Foreman, Bert Cooper, and Larry Holmes. He also upset Mike Tyson for the WBA title in 1996 and won the rematch the next year. Holyfield retired in 2011 with a record of 44-10-2 with 29 knockouts.

Barrera won his first 43 bouts and captured the NABF super flyweight title before winning world championships in three weight divisions in the 1990s.

Also to be inducted June 11 in Canastota, New York are: super flyweight champion Johnny Tapia; Australian trainer Johnny Lewis; judge Jerry Roth; journalist-broadcaster Steve Farhood; broadcaster Barry Tompkins; and posthumous honorees Eddie Booker and ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Sr.

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