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    CANASTOTA, NY - JANUARY 25, 2019 -  The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of journalist Hugh McIlvanney, who passed away yesterday (January 24th). He was 84.

  “One of the most respected sports journalists in the world, Hugh McIlvanney’s words educated and entertained boxing fans across the globe for over six decades and his award-winning writing regularly offered unique insight into the sport of boxing,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “The Hall of Fame offers our condolences to his family and joins the fistic world in mourning his passing.”

McIlvanney was born in Kilmarnock, Scotland on February 2, 1934. Known for his wit, humor and eloquence, he has voted the UK’s “Sports Writer of the Year” seven times and was awarded the OBE in 1996.  During his acclaimed career, he wrote for The Kilmarnock Standard, The Daily Express, The Scotsman, Sports Illustrated and, for three decades, The Observer (1962-1993). From 1993 – 2002 he was the chief sports writer for The Sunday Times. McIlvanney, who retired in 2016 after 60 years as a journalist, also published books including McIlvanney on Boxing and The Hardest Game. In 1986 he was awarded the Nat Fleischer Award for Excellence in Boxing Journalism by the BWAA.

In 2009 McIlvanney was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

2009 Hall of Fame Inductee Hugh MicIlvanney
Below please find photos from McIlvanney's visit to Canastota. Click on thumbnail to see image:
McIlvanney address the crowd at the 2009 Banquet of Champions.McIlvanney delivers acceptance speech at 2009 Induction Ceremony.McIlvanney at 2009 Induction Ceremony.Members of the Class of 2009 (left to right) - Larry Merchant, McIlvanney, Orlando Canizales, Bobby Goodman and Brian Mitchell by the Hall of Fame Wall.The Class of 2009 (left to right) -  Brian Mitchell, McIlvanney, Larry Merchant, Lennox Lewis, Orlando Canizales and Bobby Goodman proudly show their Hall of Fame rings.