Mauricio Sulaiman's Reflections on the NABF
As I fly back to Mexico after attending the North American Boxing Federation’s 48th Annual Convention in Washington D.C., I can only reflect on what this great organization has done through its rich history. The NABF was founded by boxing commissioners from Canada, the United States, and Mexico, and became the continental boxing federation affiliated to the WBC. My father’s introduction to international boxing was through the NABF, and he was NABF President for one term before being elected President of the World Boxing Council. My first official position in boxing was in public relations with the WBC, and in 1994 I was appointed by NABF president Sam Macias to serve as vice-president, and it gives me great pride to still hold the position in this great organization.
Some of the greatest world champions came from the NABF platform, which provides that stepping stone to get to the “Major Leagues.” Muhammad Ali, Ken Norton, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roy Jones Jr., Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, and so many more heroes were proud NABF champions during their careers.
The NABF membership was composed of boxing commissioners from the three countries, and the participation of the boxing commissions of the United States was the key to have an united front to address all the topics which have made boxing safer for the athletes. Unfortunately, in 1997 things changed and a law was established in the U.S. which mandated that no boxing commissioner could belong to or be affiliated with a governing entity.
This law received the name of Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act and was intended to bring justice and clarity to the sport, among other things. With the prohibition of being part of an organization, boxing commissioners of the U.S. were forced to distance themselves from the national and international activity and boxing in general lost some of the best, most knowledgeable, and honorable persons. Many things have changed since then. Today the NABF membership is by the affiliation of states represented mostly by ring officials.
I was present at the Association of Boxing Commission’s annual convention last week, and I am certain that under the leadership of it’s President, Michael Mazzulli, things will change and will find boxing commissions working closely with sanctioning or governing organizations. The WBC is
NABF Statement on the Passing of Gale Van Hoy
I am truly saddened at the passing of our fellow official Gale Van Hoy. I had the honor and great pleasure of traveling the world with Gale working as an official. We always found time to laugh until we cried. My greatest memories of Gale was eating dinner at a fne restaurant. I loved watching Gale tell his stories and watching those joined around the table get nervous as Gale would tell another story.
I have missed our dear friend at the most recent conventions and will miss him even more now that he has completed his mortal existence.
Thank you Gale for the wonderful memories and for your generosity to those in need who you so willingly helped not asking for anything in return.
Lastly, thank you for making so many so nervous with your stories.
Duane B. Ford
Christy Martin: Fighter! Promoter! Icon!
“In the ring, I wanted to be explosive and entertaining for the fans. Out of the ring I am finally finding who the real me is…”
Sports and Philanthropy: A series of articles dedicated to those who’ve given their all and still give more. Each article will feature a different community champion; no belts, no medals, no ratings… just good people passing it on.
Christy Martin, an athlete who has faced as much as a woman as a boxer. Starting at time when there were few opponents worthy of her skills, she burst through, like a comet in a midnight sky—a media darling, a household name, a woman blessed and damned by the pressures celebrity demands. Pushed beyond emotional limits by those who tried to control her, she pushed back, and won the biggest fights of her life, her authenticity and dignity intact. She redefined what it was like to be a female in a man’s sport. She did this with flying fists and tenacity, fighting every battle as it were her last. And when it was finally over, she didn’t turn away from her sport, but reached forward, and used her platform to help others.
Go West Young Man
“Go west young man” is a phrase first coined in the 1800’s that promised of the great new opportunities that existed as the United States expanded its territories through its expansion westward. But it can also apply to Dave Moretti, one of the newest members of the Buffalo Veteran Boxers Association Hall of Fame. His decision in the mid 1970’s to relocate from Niagara Falls, New York to Las Vegas, Nevada launched the career of one of the most respected professional boxing judges in the history of the sport.
Who would have thought that the end of the Vietnam War would ultimately lead to the start of a new career in professional boxing? But that’s just what happened to Dave Moretti. Following his graduation from high school and after joining the Navy as an aircraft mechanic, he eventually ended up working for a company called Carborundum, which made bulletproof vests for soldiers during the Vietnam War. However, once the war ended in 1975, and the demand for the vests wasn’t as great, the company laid him off. With no solid job prospects in the area, Dave packed up his belongings and along with his pregnant wife, headed out to Las Vegas for a fresh start. The decision to move to Vegas followed his father’s earlier move to the drier climate of the Nevada desert because he suffered from emphysema. His father had agreed to pay for his training at a technical school in order for him to learn how to become a slot machine technician. Although that training didn’t exactly pay off as Dave never became a slot machine mechanic, his move to Las Vegas did result in various other jobs in the casino industry. After landing a job as a floor manager for slot machines at the Aladdin hotel, Dave
convention 2016 Gallery
We thank Boxing Bob Newman for his coverage. To read more, follow the links below. Pictures by Alma Montiel.
The 48th NABF convention informally opened tonight with a cocktail reception at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. Some 250 delegates are expected to be in attendance. The official opening with be Friday morning, with the day being filled with several speakers, then capping off with the banquet in the grand ballroom. Saturday will see reports from the committees on ratings, USNBC, female, ring officials and the 2017 convention. The referees seminar will be also be held simultaneously. Sunday will see the judges seminar followed by the Washington vs Atlanta major league baseball game.
Results + Scheduled Bouts
JoJo Diaz vs Horacia Garcia
December 17th, 2016
Forum, Inglewood, Ca
WINNER: JoJo Diaz
Oscar Cantu v Aston Palicte
NABF Super Flyweight (#115)
December 17th, 2016
Las Vegas, NV
WINNER: Aston Palicte
Trevin Farmer v Darden Zanunaj
2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pa
JoJo Diaz: The Next Goldenboy?
NABF featherweight champion Joseph “Jojo” Diaz, Jr. (22-0, 13 KOs) of South El Monte, California, won with a ninth round TKO over Andrew “El Chango” Cancio (17-4-2, 13 KOs) of Blythe, California.
Diaz worked patiently,accurately and relentlessly, often going to the body, as Cancio pressed in the opening round. In the second, Diaz and Cancio exchanged on the inside. Cancio's nose was badly cut in round three, as he continued to press the slick Diaz. The fourth was all Diaz as the tough Cancio was bloodied but continuing to swarm forward.
Jo Jo continued to dominate and control Cancio in round five. A relaxed and accurate Jo Jo picked his shots boxing his bloodied opponent.mDespite the blood drenching, Cancio kept coming at Diaz in the second half of the fight. In round nine the Referee waved it off at 2:29.
Helping The Brave
The NABF arrived in Dallas Texas Tuesday with a very special gift for members of the Dallas Police Department family. At the annual convention in Washington D.C. this year, proceeds from the auction were designated to go to the Assist the Officer Foundation. This was done soon after the killings of 4 Dallas officers and one transit officer by a sniper. President Duane Ford and Secretary JoAnna Aguilar, along with other local members, Laurence Cole, Deborah Hawkins, Don Griffin, and Oren Shellenberger, were there to present the check to ATO President, Mike Mata, and our own WBC and NABF judge - and Deputy Chief of Police - Jesse Reyes.
The police officers present were given medallions and our heartfelt thanks for their continued service during these difficult days.
Photo: Laurence Cole, Deb Hawkins, Duane Ford, Jesse Reyes, Don Griffin , JoAnna Aguilar, Oren Shellendberger