CANASTOTA, N.Y. - "Yo, Adrian! I did it!"
That famous line from the "Rocky" movie series helped make Sylvester Stallone what he is today, and also captured boxing's heart for decades.
Yesterday, Stallone, who penned the script and starred in the movie about underdog Philly boxer Rocky Balboa, was named to the 12-member 2011 class for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum.
Other inductees include Mike Tyson and Julio Cesar Chavez.
"Rocky" was released in 1976, and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning best picture, best director and best film editing.
"It has been my privilege to have been blessed with the ability to write about the incredible courage and commitment of the many thousands of real-life Rockys whom we have watched perform honorably in the ring," Stallone said in a statement.
Stallone also wrote five other movies based on the Rocky Balboa character and in 2006 was awarded the Boxing Writers Association of America award for "Lifetime Cinematic Achievement in Boxing."
Tyson, the self-proclaimed "baddest man on the planet," won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout, 12 in the first round, and went on to win 50 fights and earn more than $300 million.
"I am honored," Tyson said. "The sport of boxing has given me so much, and it is truly a blessing to be acknowledged alongside other historical boxing legends because they paved the way for me, as I hope I have inspired others in this great sport."
He suffered a stunning 10th-round knockout loss to James "Buster" Douglas on Feb. 11, 1990, in Tokyo. After rebounding with four victories, a proposed title fight in 1991 with Evander Holyfield was postponed because of a rib injury. Tyson was then incarcerated for rape from 1992-95 and retired in 2005.
Chavez, a three-division champion, retired 5 years ago with a professional record of 107-6-2.
"I feel humble," Chavez said. "At this moment in my life, to be inducted into the Hall of Fame is very special."
Russian-born Kostya Tszyu, a junior welterweight champion, also was selected, along with Mexican trainer Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain, and referee Joe Cortez.
Induction will be June 12. *