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International Boxing Hall of Fame Inducts Class of 2014

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CANASTOTA, N.Y. -- They've officially made it. Ten time World Champion Oscar De La Hoya, and five time world champions Joe Calzaghe and Felix "Tito" Trinidad were all inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame this year.

"I feel very pleased very proud to be inducted. This is the day," said Trinidad.

"When I started boxing at the age of ten I never thought number one everybody wants to be a world champion. Number two finish boxing undefeated and as a champion I feel blessed," said Calzeghe.

Known affectionately as the Pride of Wales, Calzaghe said his family was the biggest factor in his success.

"I got my father here and if it weren't for him I wouldn't have been here. He pushed me and he trained me all these years. So this is as much for him as it is for me," said Calzaghe

Hall of Fame inductees and other boxing greats paraded throughout Canastota before the ceremony. Miss America was the grand marshal and said she's slowly but surely converting into a boxing fan.

"Just to be be among so many incredible athletes and people who have worked so hard is just really great," said Nina Davuluri.

Miss America's platform of celebrating cultural diversity was definitely echoed at the hall of fame. The inductees were international and the crowd went wild showing off their Puerto Rican Pride.

"If you look at my shirt it should tell you. Felix Tito Trinidad. It's as simple as that. That's the reason I'm here. Like every Puerto Rican even though we leave the island we still have the island in the heart," said Hector Olmeea, an attendee.

"This is really for all of Puerto Rico," said Trinidad.

In his acceptance speech, Oscar De La Hoya stressed that regardless of race or ethnicity, he and his fellow boxers are part of one big community.

"Nearly all of us are defined by humble beginnings, incredibly hard work and passion for our trade. Boxing has historically been such a proud part of America," said De La Hoya.

De La Hoya also called on the boxing community to end what he called egos and petty grudges that he feels divide the sport and tarnish its reputation.

Mexican-American, Welsh or Puerto Rican, they're all proud to be hanging on the walls of the hall of fame together.

This year's other living inductees included promoter Barry Hearn, boxing journalist Graham Houston, photographer Neil Leifer, and referee Richard Steele.

Posthumous inductees included Mike O'Dowd, Charles Ledoux, Tom Allen, George "K.O." Chaney and Eugene Corri.

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