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Former champ Bonecrusher Smith hosting Boxing Legends HOF Weekend

Former WBA heavyweight champion, James “Bonecrusher” Smith is hosting a Boxing Legends Hall of Fame Weekend in Myrtle Beach.
Former WBA heavyweight champion, James “Bonecrusher” Smith is hosting a Boxing Legends Hall of Fame Weekend in Myrtle Beach. file photo

Former heavyweight champion James “Bonecrusher” Smith is hosting a Boxing Legends Hall of Fame Weekend in Myrtle Beach.

The festivities include a Hall of Fame Induction and Dinner on Saturday night at Country Inn & Suites on Waccamaw Boulevard, and a fundraising golf tournament at River Oaks Golf Plantation on Sunday morning.

Inductees into the Boxing Legends HOF include Smith’s five former trainers and coaches: Herb Ruffin, Mike Bivens, Baron Walker, Sam Hickman and the late Emile Griffith, the former world welterweight and middleweight champion who was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990 after compiling an 85-24-2 record.

Entry is $20 in advance or at the door for the ceremony, which includes a pig picking, chicken, fixings and music. The event begins at 4 p.m. with a reception and autograph session followed by the 6 p.m. ceremony.

Smith is taking part in a documentary on his life and how he created the Boxing Legends Hall of Fame and Champion for Kids organization.

Former athletes invited to take part in events include former NBA players Al Wood, Dudley Bradley and Dereck Whittenburg, former NFL players Donnell Woolford, Keith Williams and Benny Snipe, and pro golfer Jesse Allen.

The golf tournament has an 8 a.m. shotgun start Sunday and entry fee of $100 per player that includes prizes and an awards banquet following play. Interested players can contact Smith at 910-658-3408 or visit ChampionsforKids.org.

Proceeds benefit the annual Champion for Kids Boxing Camp and the Boxing Legends Hall of Fame Museum that is proposed for Myrtle Beach.

The public is welcomed to all events.

Alan Blondin: 843-626-0284, @alanblondin

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