Yuh Myung-woo Inducted into Boxing Hall of Fame

Former two-time WBA light-flyweight champion Yuh Myung-woo has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The 49-year-old attended an induction ceremony in Canastota, New York on Sunday to receive a Hall of Fame Ring.

"I loved boxing, love boxing and will [continue to] love boxing," Yuh said, prompting people at the ceremony to give him a standing ovation. Ahead of the event, he led a parade in an open car provided by the host in downtown Canastota.

International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees, from left to right, Virgil Hill, Yuh Myung-woo, Jimmy Lennon, Jr., Colin Hart and Mills Lane pose with their induction rings after being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame at the annual induction ceremony in Canastota, New York on Sunday. /AP-Newsis International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees, from left to right, Virgil Hill, Yuh Myung-woo, Jimmy Lennon, Jr., Colin Hart and Mills Lane pose with their induction rings after being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame at the annual induction ceremony in Canastota, New York on Sunday. /AP-Newsis

Yuh is the fourth Asian and the second Korean to become a Boxing Hall of Fame inductee after former WBC light-flyweight champion Chang Jung-koo (50).

After he captured the WBA title, beating Joey Olivo of the U.S. in December 1985, Yuh made 17 title defenses. He was one of the biggest boxing stars in the 1980s along with Chang, and in 1991 he was selected as boxer of the year by the WBA.

Yuh retired in 1993. His pro career record spans 39 bouts -- 38 wins with 14 KOs and one loss.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jun. 11, 2013 10:03 KST