Regis Prograis: Fight News
Boxing fans on the lookout for emerging talent should definitely keep an eye on junior welterweight Regis “Rougarou” Prograis (15-0, 12 KOs) out of New Orleans, Louisiana. The 26-year-old southpaw recently gave an impressive account of himself in Atlantic City, NJ on the “Showbox New Generation” TV broadcast, pitching a shutout against felloe unbeaten prospect Amos Cowart. Particularly impressed was former world champion Raul Marquez who was on the ringside broadcast crew. “From what I saw, Regis has the tools to go all the way,” stated Marquez. “I predict a bright future for this young man.
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Shields vs Zabados: NABF Proud!
The NABF is excited to have two women of this quality fighting for our Belt.
Out of respect to women athletes, and given their lack of opportunity, we, as a Regional Belt, welcome the 6 round, title fight for women athletes of this caliber, and the use of amateur records to determine eligibility.
As an organization, the NABF has a passionate history of supporting female athetes. It is our great privielge and responisbilty to sanction the Shields vs Zabados bout; an iconic fight marking a first for women's boxing on a major USA Network.
We wish both athletes the best of luck!
Duane Ford, NABF President
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.
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
Results + Scheduled Bouts
Andrew Tabiti v Quantis Graves
24 February 2017
Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Claressa Shield vs Szilvia Zabados
Middleweight Title (Vacant)
11 March 2017
MGM Grand Detroit, Detroit, Mi
Zachary Ochoa v Yves Ulysse
JUNIOR NABF Super Lightweigh
11 March 2017
Turning Stone, Verona, NY
Regis Prograis v Wilfrido Buelvas
11 February 2017
WINNER: Regis Prograis
JoJo Diaz vs Horacia Garcia
Claressa Shields Fights for NABF!
Claressa Shields was the first American boxer to defend an Olympic boxing gold medal, storming through the women's middleweight tournaments at the 2012 and 2016 Games virtually unchallenged. Now she is primed for another first.
The 21-year-old Shields (1-0, 0 KOs) will take on Hungary's Szilvia "Sunset" Szabados (15-8, 6 KOs), a former world title challenger, on March 10 in the six-round middleweight main event of Showtime's "ShoBox: The New Generation" (10 p.m. ET/PT). The fight, which is for a regional belt and will take place at the MGM Grand Detroit Event Center in Detroit, not far from Shields' hometown of Flint, Michigan, will be the first women's fight to headline a boxing card on premium cable.
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.
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.