USNBC Champ, Boyd Melson, showing off his belt on the set of Living It Up!
Who would have thought? One of rock and roll’s biggest superstars is also one of boxing’s biggest fans. Affectionately known by his fans as “The Red Rocker,” Sammy Hagar’s boxing roots date back to the days when his father was a professional fighter. Fighting under the assumed name of Bobby Burns, his father Robert Hagar was a respectable fighter back in the‘30’s and 40’s. Early on, Sammy thought about following in his father’s footsteps until the early 1960’s when groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones turned him in the direction that would eventually make him famous around the world.
photo Carlos Baeza
Former NABF Junior Super Lightweight Champion Giovani Santillan (17-0, 9 KOs) is back in action this Friday, Nov. 20, against power hitter Rosbel Montoya (18-7, 16 KOs). Santillan vs. Montoya serves as the 8-round main event on Thompson Boxing Promotions “New Blood” fight card. We recently sat down with Santillan and got his thoughts on sparring with the great Floyd Mayweather, and how he feels about his upcoming opponent Rosbel Montoya.
Yesterday, September 1st, WBC Cares Chair, Jill Diamond and Capt. Boyd Melson, USNBC Champ,and NABF Humanitarian Award Winner, 2015, had the pleasure of being guests at the New Jersey Law Enforcement Dinner. A check, representing money raised by the police force, was presented to Special Olympics President, Heather Anderson by Police Chief, Chris Trucillo for more than 3 million dollar. The Special Olympics engages in more than 30 sports, and all the athletes participating, attend free, thanks to the kindness and donations of this sort. The Police were thrilled by the participation of the WBC/NABF and Chief Trucillo wore his WBC Medal for the entire presentation. We thank Salvador Briman for introducing us to these wonderful people and this worthy cause.
Undefeated world ranked Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez of Mexico is ready to close training camp in Carson, California and head to Las Vegas next Monday for his upcoming fight against Gevorg Khatchikian, of the Netherlands a fight that will take place next Friday, November 20, at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Louis Rose (13-2-1, 5 KOs), made a successful defense of his NABF Junior middleweight title by defeating Andrew Hernandez (9-2-1, 1 KO) by TKO last night at the We-Ko-Pa Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. The event was presented by Roy Jones Jr. Boxing and Iron Boy Promotions.
What a great Convention. For those who attended, a unanimous Knock Out! We missed those members who couldn't make it and, and those whom we left behind on our tour of Alcatraz (you should've known better!).
This year's NABF Convention was filled with friendship and fun, from the first day we arrived. On top of that, our Award's Dinner brought in over $6000 for charity! What a generous group of people, and what a great time we had. San Francisco will never be the same!
We congratulate Duane Ford on his re election as NABF President, Graig Hubble as USA Vice President, and Mauricio Sulaiman as Mexico, Vice President. Gaby Mancini, will be replacing Ed Pearson, who to had decided to transition to boxing judge.