George Hanson Jr Leads Call for Mandela’s Hall of Fame Inclusion

Mandela’s 2014 Hall of Fame Inclusion Needs to Happen

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The 6m-high ‘Shadow Boxer’ sculpture in Johannesburg’s inner city was unveiled in honour of Nelson Mandela in May 2013. (AFP)

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Mandela with Baby Jake. Photo courtesy of City Press (South Africa)

There are rare occasions in contemporary boxing journalism when a truly historically significant contribution to the collective consciousness of the sport is made but I feel that George Hanson Junior’s Amandla!-The 13th Man represents just such an example. Hanson has brought to the fore the claims of boxing’s most iconic, most revered, universally respected & loved fan, patron, former amateur participant & ubiquitous warrior for inclusion into Canastota in June, 2014. This would require an exception to the rules of the Hall as the names set for inclusion have already been announced – but if Nelson Mandela doesn’t represent exceptional then who on earth does?

Boxing needs to utilize this opportunity to respect the memory of her most historically significant son more than Mandela needs another honorary mention – this is the sport’s opportunity to blow & for the life of me I pray those in a position to grant the exception do so & briskly.

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Nelson Mandela (C) pretends to fight former US world middleweight champion Marvin Hagler (R) in Cape Town on November 12 1997 while former five-time world champion Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran (L) of the US looks on. (AFP)

Matt Hamilton

Matt Hamilton

Matt Hamilton, for ESNewsReporting.com in Cape Town, South Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For ESNewsReporting.com in Cape Town, South Africa