UPDATES from NABF President, Ford
Update from NABF President Duane Ford – November 10, 2020
In April 2020 the NABF leadership was faced with a very difficult decision regarding our “family gathering” in the form of our annual North American Boxing Federation convention. This difficult decision was made to cancel our annual convention. Looking back and seeing that so many of our membership was sadly affected with the impact of COVID-19, that decision in April was the correct decision.
Today I want to let you know our plans and dreams for the NABF going forward. These plans are totally dependent upon the further impact of COVID – 19. None the less we are planning on having a 2021 Convention either in Las Vegas, NV or San Diego, CA, depending upon the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We will watch this closely as we turn into the first quarter of 2021.
Boxing events have taken a hit (no pun intended) during 2020 and we express our thanks and appreciation to those commissions and promoters who have been successful in operating out of a bubble style format to bring boxing back.
I would like to update you on the following:
This has proven to be a wonderful asset for us to practice our skills and to stay sharp with our focus and habits as an official. Many thought that remote scoring would replace our ringside judges. This is not the case, however remote scoring has worked very well on some bubble type environments and on some boxing shows that are low budget type shows.
You will hear shortly from the WBC Officials Committee regarding remote scoring in the form of officials being divided into teams. Each team will then receive an assignment to score on certain dates and will have advanced notice so that the official can prepare. This will allow each of you the opportunity to show your ability and to improve skills by staying active.
Queeda Walker: Queen of the Cowboys
NABF President, Duane Ford and the entire membership mourn the passing of Queeda Walker, wife of former NABF President, Rex Walker.
Queeda was an amazing woman; author, businesswoman, mother, wife and wrangler and admired by many. She was a role model and a woman of great dignity and humility. She will be missed by all.
We send our support and condolences to the entire Walker family.
NABF Convention 2020 Postponed
Recent concerns regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) has generated much public attention and has caused significant change in travel, personal interactions and in guidelines prescribed by health officials for how to address the growing concern.
The North American Boxing Federation (NABF) has been carefully monitoring these developments and summoned a telephonic board meeting to discuss the annual 2020 NABF Convention previously scheduled for December 7- 10 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The board unanimously voted to postpone any decision on holding the NABF Convention in 2020. This said, we will re-evaluate our decision every 30 - 45 days to see how the health risks with travel and group meetings are unfolding. We will keep our membership updated.
These steps are being taken to comply with best practices or direction provided by the public health organizations of various national governments.
Lil Oscar Cantu Retires
Former NABF Super Flyweight champion Lil Oscar Cantu held a press conference August 10 in his hometown, Kingsville Texas, to announce his retirement from the ring.
The 29 year old told his story live on social media with only a few family members and friends in attendance that the difficult decision was made after a diagnosis of a brain aneurysm. He is being carefully monitored by specialists and is doing fine, but the doctor’s recommendation is that he not continue his career.
Oscar won five Green Belts over the last few years -2014, USNBC Super Fly
Legendary, Dickie Cole
NABF MOURNS THE PASSING OF DICKIE COLE
It is with an incredibly heavy heart that I pass along the news that our dear friend Dickie Cole has passed today July 18, 2020.
Dickie devoted his life to boxing and, in so doing, touched countless lives. Dickie shared his father's deep love of boxing and attended North Texas University on a boxing scholarship. After working as a referee and judge for 29 years, Dickiebecame the Executive Director of the Combative Sports Division of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, a role in which he served for 21 years and for which he was revered.
NABF Champ, Kim Clavel, Gets ESPY Award
Kim Clavel, NABF Champion Boxer, turned nurse, will receive the Pat Tillman Award at the ESPYS Awards
WBC Reduces Rounds
Reduction of rounds for WBC-affiliated fight
By Mauricio Sulaiman
Son of Jose Sulaiman / WBC President
The World Boxing Council, based on the recommendation of its Medical Committee, voted unanimously to reduce all WBC affiliated championship fights from 12 to 10 rounds. Only World Championship and Silver Championship fights will be authorized for 12 rounds.
It is even recommended to have 8 round fights for regional championships, which usually includes fighters with a lower experience profile.
Boxing is a contact sport and can be dangerous when not taking full care of all measures, which over the years have been implemented to maximize the protection of fighters.
Boxers are warriors; Gladiators who are willing to give their all in the ring. They don’t care if they fight 10, 20 or 50 rounds. They would fight to the death, just as it was in Roman times.
NABF Hawaii Convention Recap
Our 2019 Hawaii convention was one of the best and our thanks and appreciation to former President Craig Hubble and Chuck Williams for their tiredless efforts and dedication with this convention.
Our thanks to LA Times writer Lance Pugmire for being a sensational keynote speaker. His theme of his talk was “Truth being revealed” and the difficult times of investigating the truth behind the scenes, which often is a difficult task.We cannot overlook Andy Foster, CSAC Executive Director also spoke weight cutting and the dangers to the fighters and boxing. In attendance with our NABF members were board of governors from nineteen (19) different countries from around the world.