Basket, New York. In addition to displaying championship belts, gowns, gloves, entrance tickets, covers of 'The Ring' trade magazine and photos of
Miguel Cotto’s fist will be part of the Boxing Hall of Fame collection
Basket, New York. In addition to displaying championship belts, gowns, gloves, entrance tickets, covers of ‘The Ring’ trade magazine and photos of inductees, the International Boxing Hall of Fame has a vast collection of boxers’ fists.
The sampler is located in a room at the back of the installation. Visitors can compare the sizes of the fists and learn about the championships that have been obtained thanks to those hands.
This year the fist of the multiple former champion, the Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto, will join the collection, who this Friday participated in the activity called “Fist Casting”, in which the members of the 2020, 2021 and 2022 classes were made a mold of one of his fists to later create a replica of that limb.
The former four-division champion was the fifth inductee to take the stage set up on the packed Hall of Fame grounds to immortalize his left fist.
“It felt kind of cold,” said Cotto, who reigned at junior welterweight, welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight. “It’s like making a mouthpiece, but on your hands,” he added while signing autographs in front of a group of fans.
People lining up carried gloves, photos, magazines, and even a Puerto Rican flag.
During his presentation to the public at the time of taking part in his mold, the presenter used the classic intonation of promoter Don King when he said “Puerto Rico” and joked that Cotto would smile, alluding to the seriousness that characterizes the now also promoter. The comment had an effect, because -in effect- Cotto smiled.
Before proceeding to put their hands inside the plastic buckets in which they deposited the material that would imprint the shape of their fists, the hotheads were put on Vaseline so they could remove their hands. (VANESSA SERRA DIAZ)
Another immortal who also participated in the event was the Mexican Juan Manuel Márquez, who was the first to put his hands to have the mold made.
“I’m very happy. Grateful to all the people who made this event possible. I am from the 2020 induction. In truth, I feel very happy to be one of the Mexican fighters to be elected to the Hall of Fame”, declared the former world champion in four weights.
As explained in the presentation, the activity of taking impressions of fighters’ fists began in 1990. The Hall has an earlier collection from dentist Walter Jacobs, which includes replicas of fighters who fought between the 1920s and 1940s.
Jacobs, who died in 1992, developed individually molded rubber mouthguards for boxers.
It was also shared that the fists are made of dental material and are later painted bronze with the “air brush” technique.
Before proceeding to put their hands inside the plastic buckets in which they deposited the material that would imprint the shape of their fists, the hotheads were put on Vaseline so they could remove their hands. The process of taking the samples takes about five minutes.