One-time UFC women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm will join boxing legends Roy Jones Jr. and James Toney -- a one-fight Octagon veteran -- in the 2022 class of the International Boxing Hall-of-Fame.
Before Holm, 40, would go on to be a UFC star and future 135-pound champion, she began her combat sports career as a kickboxer in 2000. She would eventually add boxing to her repertoire and turn pro in the sweet science two years later without any amateur bouts on her resume.
"The Preacher's Daughter" would finish with a 33-2-3 record, with nine knockouts, and earned multiple world champions. Including the IBF welterweight title.
Holly Holm to be inducted into International Boxing Hall of Fame
“I feel very humbled and honored to be acknowledged amongst the greatest,” Holm said in a statement released by the IBHOF. “I’m kind of speechless, actually. I’m really excited.
Being a pupil of legendary MMA coach Mike Winkeljohn, Holm trained in cage-fighting during her career as a boxer. Which made her eventual switch to a third sport an easy transition with immediate success. She won her first 10 fights, which was capped off with a career-defining win over bantamweight champion, and UFC crossover star Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 in November of 2015.
The event is one of the UFC's highest attended shows with over 56,000 fans having filled the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
Holm joins Roy Jones, Jr., James Toney, and Miquel Cotto in 2022 IBHOF class
Holm will join former foes and boxing greats Jones, Jr., and Toney in the 2022 IBHOF class. The trio will be inducted on June 12 in Canastota, NY., as part of the 2022 Hall of Fame class.
Also chosen for induction in the men's modern category was former four-weight-class champion, Miguel Cotto. Regina Halmich and Holm were chosen in the women's modern category (they are the fifth and sixth women to be inducted), publicist Bill Caplan was picked in the non-participant category, journalist Ron Borges and historian Bob Yalen in the observer category.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 classes will also be inducted at the same time. Among the 2020 inductees are Bernard Hopkins and "Sugar" Shane Mosley. The 2021 inductees include Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Laila Ali.
Jones, 52, was one of the biggest stars of his era and finished 66-9 with 47 knockouts. He won titles in four weight classes, including at heavyweight, and earned induction on his first year on the ballot.
Toney, who defeated Evander Holyfield in 2003, and went 77-10-3 with 47 knockouts. Now 53, he won titles in three weight classes and was on the ballot for the second time. His lone outing in MMA occurred at UFC 118, in August 2010. On that night in Boston, he lost to UFC legend and former two-division champion Randy Couture by submission in the first round of their co-main event matchup.
--Field Level Media