The International Boxing Hall of Fame began as a dream 25 years ago, which to some may seem like a lifetime, but to Edward Brophy "we've just begun." Brophy, who serves as the Hall of Fame's executive director was awarded the American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians Lifetime Achievement Award at Paris/Bally's Resort in Las Vegas.
"It was nice of the organization to have chosen me for this particular award," Brophy said. "It's a great organization that does a lot for the sport of boxing. Perhaps it will lend additional credibility to the Boxing Hall of Fame. It's important that the name is out there and this is just another way to promote Canastota and the Boxing Hall of Fame."
Brophy said that although the staff and volunteers at the BHOF have accomplished so much over the years, the non-profit organization has more to achieve.
The BHOF plans to expand the museum on Route 13 to house a library for the research it's collected over the years.
"In the near future we will have sketches drawn up for a larger museum," Brophy said. "It will be boxing's largest research center in the world."
He said the same energy that fueled the dream in 1984 continues with the organization and the volunteers.
"There is never a dull moment," Brophy said. "It's exciting and energizes me."
Nearly 25 years ago a press conference was held to announce that Canastota would be the home of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. For the next five years, Brophy made calls from a small office at the Municipal Building before the museum was completed. The first class of boxers was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990. Two years later, the first addition to the Hall of Fame made room for a gallery and office space.