Valdez, a highly decorated amateur and two time Mexican Olympian (2008 and 2012) from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, captured the NABF Junior Super Featherweight title and improved to 10-0, with a 4th round knockout of Adrian Perez on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs Tim Bradley on April 12. All 10 of Valdez' wins have come by KO. He is promoted by Top Rank and managed by Frank Espinoza of Espinoza Boxing Club in Los Angeles, California.
We are extremely excited and looking forward to our Convention in Chicago July 3-5. We are family and it is always fun to be able to see people, to exchange ideas and to simply be able to
enjoy one another again. We are even looking forward to hearing the same old stories told over and over. This will be yet another great Convention!
This year we are reaching out to boxing promoters to join us and attend the meetings where there will be discussions regarding the future of their fighters. Since July 2013 in Reno, NV, we have made it our goal to support NABF fighters, not only in our regional NABF ratings, but also in the World WBC ratings.
As reflected in the attached post-fight photo, he not only had an NABF patch on his trunks, but also a WBC Cares patch. He is an excellent young man, and we are VERY proud to have him as our champion!
HEADING TO CHICAGO
Frank Sinatra was right. Chicago is a big city with a hometown feel, and we will have our "family reunion" there this July! The annual NABF Convention is scheduled to hit the Windy City, with an opening cocktail reception on July 2, 2014 and departures on July 6, 2014.
Arrangements have been finalized for the NABF Convention to take place in the toddlin' town at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile.
Texas's loss is the NABF's gain! Dick Cole, is retiring as the Texas Boxing Commissioner and joing Duane as Special Advisor. Mr. Cole, who is himself a former NABF president, as well as a judge and referee. was sited by NABF President, Duane Ford, as "one of the finest boxing judges ever!"
We are all very please about the transition. Welcome home, Dickie!!
Dickie and Laurence Cole
The NABF was lucky enough to get a few moments, and an interview with Camille Estephan and his boxer, Jean Dierry. We hope you enjoy and learn from their positive attitude and insights. Based in Canada, EyE of the Tiger Management has grown exponentially in stature and stable. We are proud of their associaiton with the NABF.
FIRST, CAMILLE ESTEPHEN: YOU ARE A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS MAN. WHAT LED YOU TO BOXING?
CAMILLE: I got into boxing basically to participate in the fulfillment of a friend's potential and goal of becoming the heavyweight champion of the world in the occurrence Bermane Stiverne. As well boxing is a passion as father and uncles boxed in my native Lebanon. Our whole family boxed and grew up in boxing. Truly it is a lifelong passion.
WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF WHAT YOU DO?