Below is the link for the upcoming WBC online convention to be held August 12th – 15th. Once you have completed the online form, you can make your online $25 payment using Paypal, Debit or Credit Card.
NABF Membership Chairman
Legendary, Dickie Cole
NABF MOURNS THE PASSING OF DICKIE COLE
It is with an incredibly heavy heart that I pass along the news that our dear friend Dickie Cole has passed today July 18, 2020.
Dickie devoted his life to boxing and, in so doing, touched countless lives. Dickie shared his father's deep love of boxing and attended North Texas University on a boxing scholarship. After working as a referee and judge for 29 years, Dickiebecame the Executive Director of the Combative Sports Division of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, a role in which he served for 21 years and for which he was revered.
RIP Travell Mazion
The NABF is deeply saddened by the passing of our bright, young star. He will be deeply missed by all. Our condolences and prayers to his family.
Mazion, nicknamed “Black Magic,” was 17-0 with 13 knockouts, nine of which came in the first round.
His most recent victory was a knockout of Fernando Castaneda with a body shot 58 seconds into the first round on Jan. 11 to secure the WBC-NABF super welterweight title.
Lopez 126 NABF Champ
In one of the first fights since Boxing resumed...
Featherweight prospect Adam Lopez, in his first fight since his loss to Oscar Valdez last year, defeated Louie Coria by majority decision in a close but very entertaining bout on the Jessie Magdaleno-Yenifel Vicente undercard Thursday at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. After 10 rounds, the judges had the fight 96-94, 96-94 and 95-95 in favor of Lopez.
"This was my toughest fight," admitted Lopez (14-2, 6 KOs), who had both eyes bruised and swollen by the end of the night.
Coria (12-3, 7 KOs) jumped out early on Lopez, backing him up, closing distance and letting his hands go. Coria took control in the first two rounds with his aggression and activity. But to the credit of Lopez and his corner, adjustments were made. He started to utilize his sharp left jab and employed adroit movement to offset the methodical pressure of Coria.
NABF Champ, Kim Clavel, Gets ESPY Award
Kim Clavel, NABF Champion Boxer, turned nurse, will receive the Pat Tillman Award at the ESPYS Awards
Curtis Cokes, RIP
CURTIS COKES, FORMER WBC CHAMPION, PASSES AWAY AT AGE 82
Our boxing family has lost a legend - Curtis Cokes. The former WBC Welterweight champion passed away Friday from heart failure in Dallas, Texas, his birthplace and lifetime home. Curtis had an impressive career spanning 1958 to 1972, ending with a record of 62 wins, 14 losses, 4 draws and an impressive 30 KO’s. He was inducted into the prestigious International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2003. He considered boxing to be an art, not to be confused with fighting. “It’s an art to hit and not be hit,” said Cokes, a studious boxer with a powerful right hand. Curtis won the WBC title in November of 1966 - and the referee was Dickie Cole. He defended and retained that title for 3 years. After retiring from the ring, Cokes became a trainer at his Home of Champions gym in Dallas. He was a humble, kind, soft spoken gentleman and it was a pleasure to know him.
Rest In Peace, Curtis.
NABF Convention 2020 Postponed
Recent concerns regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) has generated much public attention and has caused significant change in travel, personal interactions and in guidelines prescribed by health officials for how to address the growing concern.
The North American Boxing Federation (NABF) has been carefully monitoring these developments and summoned a telephonic board meeting to discuss the annual 2020 NABF Convention previously scheduled for December 7- 10 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The board unanimously voted to postpone any decision on holding the NABF Convention in 2020. This said, we will re-evaluate our decision every 30 - 45 days to see how the health risks with travel and group meetings are unfolding. We will keep our membership updated.
These steps are being taken to comply with best practices or direction provided by the public health organizations of various national governments.
We feel that there is wisdom in taking steps to remain healthy during this cold and flu season. These precautions include:
- Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water or clean them with an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick (this may include avoiding shaking hands or other customary greetings).
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Maintain at least three feet (one meter) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
WBC Reduces Rounds
Reduction of rounds for WBC-affiliated fight
By Mauricio Sulaiman
Son of Jose Sulaiman / WBC President
The World Boxing Council, based on the recommendation of its Medical Committee, voted unanimously to reduce all WBC affiliated championship fights from 12 to 10 rounds. Only World Championship and Silver Championship fights will be authorized for 12 rounds.
It is even recommended to have 8 round fights for regional championships, which usually includes fighters with a lower experience profile.
Boxing is a contact sport and can be dangerous when not taking full care of all measures, which over the years have been implemented to maximize the protection of fighters.
Boxers are warriors; Gladiators who are willing to give their all in the ring. They don’t care if they fight 10, 20 or 50 rounds. They would fight to the death, just as it was in Roman times.
NABF Hawaii Convention Recap
Our 2019 Hawaii convention was one of the best and our thanks and appreciation to former President Craig Hubble and Chuck Williams for their tiredless efforts and dedication with this convention.
Our thanks to LA Times writer Lance Pugmire for being a sensational keynote speaker. His theme of his talk was “Truth being revealed” and the difficult times of investigating the truth behind the scenes, which often is a difficult task.We cannot overlook Andy Foster, CSAC Executive Director also spoke weight cutting and the dangers to the fighters and boxing. In attendance with our NABF members were board of governors from nineteen (19) different countries from around the world.