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Posted: Tuesday December 6, 2011 3:47PM ; Updated: Tuesday December 6, 2011 5:00PM

Thomas Hearns, first four-division champ, tops new Hall of Fame class

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Four-division champ Thomas "Hitman" Hearns headlines this years IBHOF class

Mark Johnson, Michael Buffer, Freddie Roach and Al Bernstein also made the cut

The posthumous inductees include Cocoa Kid, Newsboy Brown and Jake Kilrain

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Thomas Hearns (above), who headlines this year's IBHOF class, celebrates after defeating Roberto Duran in 1984.
Thomas Hearns (above), who headlines this year's IBHOF class, celebrates after defeating Roberto Duran in 1984.
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CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) -- Thomas "Hitman'' Hearns, the first man to win titles in four divisions, tops a list of 13 people elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum.

Hearns, who won five titles altogether, compiled a 155-8 amateur record and was 61-5-1 with 48 knockouts as a pro.

GALLERY: Hall of Fame Class of 2012

Also selected were: Mark Johnson, a two-division champion; ring announcer Michael Buffer; trainer Freddie Roach; broadcaster Al Bernstein; and journalist Michael Katz.

Posthumous honorees include: Cocoa Kid, Newsboy Brown, Leo Houck, and Jake Kilrain in the old-timer category; promoters Hugh D. McIntosh and Rip Valenti in the non-participant category; and James Wharton in the pioneer category.

MANNIX: My Hall of Fame ballot

Inductees were selected by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians.

Induction day is June 10, 2012.

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