This vlog is basically my trip to the Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canastota that was held on June 12. So I ended up going on a little road trip with a co-worker so I could get my big YouTube video op there. I gotta tell you if you watch the video, you can get an idea as to how mobbed it was down there primarily because two of the inductees this year are very well-known celebrities: Actor Sylvester Stallone and Mike Tyson. Of course, Sly was inducted for his work in the Rocky movies and Mike was inducted because well, he’s probably the greatest fighter since Muhammad Ali.
It was really hard for me to get good video footage there because of the crowds. During the parade, I had to like fight my way through the crowds to get a good video shot of Mike Tyson as he was passing by in his motorcade. While I was getting that shot, an old lady was trying to push me out of the way. Sorry, lady but I have a job to do too.
Other fighters that were in the parade included “Irish” Micky Ward and Dicky Edlund, the two that inspired the film “The Fighter,” as well as fellow inductee Julio Cesar Chavez and referee Joe Cortez.
Out of all the people that came through, only one did not march in the parade: Sylvester Stallone. During the parade, they kept him in the museum because they knew a majority of the crowds there were there to see him. In fact, security was so tight that not even the cops knew he was there.
He did however appear during the induction ceremony itself and gave a speech which I filmed in its entirety. However, I was too far away to get good video clips during the speech. During his speech, he gave his “It ain’t about how hard you can hit” speech that he gave in “Rocky Balboa” and there were plenty of people chanting “Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!” while he was on stage.
The only other acceptance speech that I filmed in its entirety was Mike Tyson’s. While he was giving his speech, he had to pause in places and it was sort of hard to understand him at times but still it was pretty good.
In all, despite the fact that I was too far away to get good shots because of the crowds, I was glad I went out there. It may very well have been my only chance to see a movie star. Well two because Mike Tyson’s in both of the Hangover movies (neither of which I have seen yet.) Hopefully I’ll be able to take some more road trips. It’s great to get out of H-town every now and then.