NABF Takes HAWAII
Mark your calendars:
The 2019 NABF Convention will be at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort &Spa from May 15 thru 19!
While battling insomnia in Kiev, we were able to get the contract finalized and signed. Chuck Williams has negotiated an incredible rate (with no resort fees) that will be good for 3 days before/after, subject to availability. PassKey reservation system should be up within the next week or so. We will have a limited allotment of rooms at this special rate, so better to book early if you can.
We have chosen to add a day this year (Welcome cocktail party on Wednesday night instead of Thursday night) to allow us to conduct all of our meetings/ABC training in the mornings, leaving the afternoons free for you to explore and enjoy Hawaii. We are still working on possible outings, but plan to have cocktail parties each evening to give everyone a chance to spend some time together.
This will be our 51st Annual Convention, so we wanted to start our “second 50” with something memorable and special!
Stay tuned - we will have an article posted to the NABF website shortly that provides additional details.
LIL OSCAR CANTU RECEIVES A PLACE IN HISTORY
WBC/NABF 5-time champion, Oscar Cantu, is a Super Star in Kingsville Texas. On Saturday, August 25th, he was honored at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, with a permanent exhibit in the Connor Museum. It displays wonderful pieces of memorabilia and photos of his amateur and professional careers in boxing. Cantu, ever the humble, friendly and generous man, gave credit to his family and community for always supporting him and guiding him throughout the journey. He said, “I couldn’t have done this on my own. I needed you all.” He is known throughout the area for his volunteer work – everything from mentoring the youth in his dad’s boxing gym to clean up projects around town. Almost 300 loyal fans were in attendance at the ceremony. Also speaking at the event were Kleberg County Judge Rudy Madrid, Oscar’s sister, Erica Marcial, and former WBC world Super Bantamweight champion Paul Banke. Cantu looks forward to conducting tours at the museum and explaining to children and adults what it took to earn his success in boxing. The museum is open to the public. Congratulations, Champ!
The Honorable "Rick"Crocker
Our "Rick" Glen Crocker is quite a character --or should I say, a man of great character. What would we do without him? Especially when it comes time to take home those wonderful, sacred items he kindly finds and brings to the convention. It would be dull without him!
- What is it about boxing that attracted you?
I was Director of a Salvation Army Community Center and decided to bring in boxing as an activity.
I called Joe Lopez for help with the amateurs which started a great program. I can remember when Robert
Quiroga, a small young boy, walked into the gym.
- What do you think about the way the amateurs are scored?
NABF 50th Convention
The 50th annual NABF convention got underway this afternoon at the Silver Legacy Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada. With convention delegates arriving throughout the day, the schedule was light with registration all day, followed by the ratings meeting and a closed board of directors meeting. The night capped off with the federation’s customary “personality improvement” cocktail gathering at the Rum Bullion’s Patio.
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Our Friend, Sam Macias
It is with an incredibly heavy heart that I pass along that our dear friend Sam Macias passed away on July 21.
Sammy devoted so much his life to boxing, as Chairman of and a Commissioner with the Nevada Athletic Commission, as a member of the Board of Governors and Continental Americas Championship Chairman for the WBC, and as President and a long time Executive Board member of the NABF (which I like to think, besides his beautiful wife Sandy, was Sammy's true love).
Like so many of you, I owe a debt of gratitude to Sammy that I could never truly express and that I certainly could never repay. Sammy assigned me to supervise my very first bout (Vernon Forrest vs Ray Oliveira on Nov. 7, 1997), and, along with his partner-in-crime Dickie Cole, Sammy was instrumental in almost anything and everything that I have received through boxing. We always stress how much the NABF is like a family. In large part, that is due to Sammy.
Sammy was truly one of kind, and, despite how much it pains me to write this, I also can't help but think of all of the GREAT times that we shared over the years.
RIP, my dear friend. I do not have the words to express how much you will be missed.
- USNBC SILVER Heavyweight vacant title bout - Rydell Booker vs Ray Austin (Detroit, MI)
- WBC Continental Americas Super Welterweight title defense - Patrick Day vs Willie Nelson (NY, NY)
- USNBC SILVER Cruiserweight vacant title bout - Deon Nicholson vs Shamarian Snider (Dallas, TX)