Canastota, NY – Former multi-division champion Thomas "Hitman" Hearns headlines the 2012 class for the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Hearns will be joined by two-division champion Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson, ring announcer Michael Buffer, trainer Freddie Roach, broadcaster Al Bernstein and journalist Michael Katz.
"We're extremely excited about the Class of 2012 and very much looking forward to honoring the 23rd class of inductees," said executive director Edward Brophy.
Hearns won titles in five different divisions and finished his career with a 61-5-1 record. One of his most famous fights came in a loss to Marvin Hagler, with the three rounds being considered by many as the most entertaining in boxing history.
Johnson compiled a record of 44-5 in his career and won titles at flyweight and junior bantamweight twice.
Buffer is noteworthy for his infamous "Let's Get Ready to Rumble" call, while Roach has trained numerous champions, the most successful being eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.
Posthumous honorees include: Cocoa Kid in the Modern Category; Newsboy Brown, Leo Houck and Jake Kilrain in the Old-Timer Category; promoters Hugh D. McIntosh and Rip Valenti in the Non Participant Category; and James Wharton (Young Molineaux) in the Pioneer Category.
The 23rd annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for June 10 in Canastota, New York.