President’s Report - August 2011
We enjoyed a change of pace on Saturday, July 31, as Ring 8 NY hosted their first annual family picnic at Brady Park in Massapequa Park, New York.
The NABF was well represented by Jill Diamond, Eddie Claudio, Carlos Ortiz, and me. It was run by the President of Ring 8, Bob Duffy, a strong supporter of the NABF.
We are off to a good start with 10 title bouts since our Convention in Atlantic City. Our thoughts now should be on the upcoming WBC Convention at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas from December 11 through December 17. This will be the WBC’s 49th Convention, and sure to be a great event.
The latest “scheme” to surface from promoters is to put on main event bouts at “catch weights,” clearly to avoid putting on title bouts or to avoid title defenses. This will not be tolerated by the NABF, and for those promoters, they will have to look elsewhere when seeking a title bout, as the NABF title will not be available. We are currently dealing with two such cases and if not corrected, those current champions’ titles will be vacated.
Congratulations go out to Tim Lueckenhoff on his recent re-election as President of the Association of Boxing Commissions.
I look forward to attending the investigator’s report on the death of Arturo Gatti. It will be held on August 30, at the Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen, N.J.
We are pleased to have Anthony Curreri M.D. as our medical director, as he is an outstanding ophthalmologist as well as a NYSAC Ringside Physician.
Officials who attended the seminars at the convention will be receiving their certificates shortly.
Please keep up to date by checking nabfnews.com and wbcboxing.com
All the best,