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.
Heather "The Heat" Hardy
The NABF welcomes Heather Hardy as our new Featherweight Champion!
NABF Super Middleweight (Defense)
- Jesse Hart vs Mike Gavronski, Atlantic City, NJ
USNBC Welterweight (Vacant)
- Ivan Golub vs Lanardo Tyner, Maryland
USNBC Super Flyweight (Defense)
- Ernesto Delgadillo vs Nate Green, Dallas, TX WINNER: ERNESTO DELGADILLO
Junior NABF Welterweight (Defense)
- Sanjarbek Rakhmanov vs TBA, Las Vegas, NV WINNER:MARQUIS TAYLOR
Vacant Junior NABF Cruiserweight title fight
- Ali Baloyev vs Richard Urquizo (Austin, Texas), Underwood Promotions WINNER: ALI BALOYEZ (TKO)
Vacant USNBC Silver Welterweight title fight
- Jaron “Boots” Ennis vs Armando Alvarez (Winnavegas Casino, Sloan, Iowa), Cameron Dunkin, WINNER: JARON ENNIS (TKO)
Vacant WBC Continental Americas Lightweight title fight
- Teofimo Lopez vs William Silva (New Orleans, LA), Top Rank, WINNER: TEOFIMO LOPEZ (TKO)
WBC Continental Americas Super Featherweight title defense
- Andy Vences vs Frank DeAlba (Fresno, CA), Top Rank, WINNER: ANDY VENCES
NABF Welterweight title defense
- Egidijus Kavaliauskas vs. Juan Carlos Abreu (Fresno, CA), Top Rank, WINNER: EGIDIJUS KAVALIAUSKAS
USNBC FIGHT IN DALLAS, FEBRUARY 22, 2018
In the main event at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas Ernesto Delgadillo (10-0-2, 2 KOs) outworked the tough Oscar Mojica (11-4, 1 KOs) to retain his WBC USA super flyweight title. Delgadillo was defending the belt for the first time after winning it last November in Dallas, while Mojica won the ABO flyweight title at last year’s event.
Delgadillo, a southpaw, came out firing from the opening bell landing his jab and power right hand on the taller Mojica. Mojica, though, stood right in the pocket and landed counter shots on Delgadillo as well. At the end of the 3rd round, both were landing in a wild finish to the end the round.
By the 4th and 5th, Delgadillo appeared in control and had a more diverse arsenal but could not put away Mojica who stood right in front of Delgadillo all night. In the 6th round, Mojica landed heavy blows, but a upper cut by Delgadillo thwarted that attack as again they went toe to toe as the round ended.