Sunday November 5, 2017 marks two years since a break-in at the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, when six championship belts were stolen.
It is still an open case.
Four of the stolen belts were won by Carmen Basilio, the other two were earned by boxer Tony Zale.
Zale’s niece says her family is still devastated by the loss. She has led a campaign to “Bring Back the Belts”.
“It’s changed our lives dramatically of course,” says Haley Zale. “I understand that my uncle Tony’s legacy still lives on and that those belts have not changed his place in boxing history. But, we still want those trophies back. They are our family heritage, our family heirlooms.”
Rewards worth a combined $20,000 are on the table. Mike Tyson has offered a signed boxing glove and other memorabilia if there’s a conviction and the belts are returned.
Tips can be shared with Canastota police at 315-697-2240.
In the months that followed the break-in, the Hall of Fame’s manager said security was upgraded in hopes of protecting other memorabilia.