After the close of their convention in Reno this past Saturday,the NABF has a new logo, a new slogan, a new president and new energy. The members left with a renewed enthusiasm for their work in boxing.

Friday morning’s opening ceremonies included a few words from former Dallas Cowboys player, Glen Carano, welcoming delegates to the El Dorado Hotel and Casino. By unanimous vote, Duane Ford was elected president. His speech was very motivational, challenging the members to always conduct their work with professionalism, dedication, and the highest ethics.

NABF President Duane Ford announced today a change to the Female Division.  After three and a half years as Chairperson of the NABF Female Committee, Paula Mclellan has stepped aside to take care of business in her personal life.   

The new Chairperson will be Deborah Hawkins of Dallas Texas.  Deborah has spent a lifetime giving service to others and has served on numerous committees for the NABF and WBC.   She will also continue her role handling Public Relations for the NABF.

 "I am very excited to work with the amazing women who are fighting in the ring. Several fights are scheduled for this

spring and I will be looking for more opportunities to add a Female NABF title fight to cards around North America", said Deborah in an interview. It all starts with the Detroit card on March 10, featuring Claressa Shields and Szilvia Szabados, and Paula Mclellan's efforts - watch it live on ShoBox - The New Generation!

The NABF expresses our deepest appreciation and thanks to our dear friend Paula Mclellan and wish her the very best in the future.

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After the close of their convention in Reno this past Saturday,the NABF has a new logo, a new slogan, a new president and new energy. The members left with a renewed enthusiasm for their work in boxing.

Friday morning’s opening ceremonies included a few words from former Dallas Cowboys player, Glen Carano, welcoming delegates to the El Dorado Hotel and Casino. By unanimous vote, Duane Ford was elected president. His speech was very motivational, challenging the members to always conduct their work with professionalism, dedication, and the highest ethics.

 The NABF, July 4th Convention cruise is currently Sold Out. We are now creating a Waiting List. If you wish to attend, do not apply on line, kindly send an email to David Sutherland and he will put you on the list. If you do this prior to the convention, and room becomes available, you will still get the $60.00 rate. Our thanks!

David Sutherland: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NABF-New-PresThe NABF convention opened this morning at the Eldorado Hotel in Reno, Nevada with excitement, happy faces, and a sense of friendship among the attendees. NABF vice president from Mexico, Mauricio Sulaiman brought a filmed message from his father, Jose, who regretted not being able to attend, but wished success to the federation and its members. The video also a slide show of former NABF champions including Muhammad Ali, Thomas Hearns, Terry Norris, Pernell Whitaker, and many others.

By Jill Diamond on December 25, 2016

Outside the Ring: Christy Martin

“I had the desire to show people that I could fight, if it was socially accepted or not.” (SI)

“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.

Talent not gender should be the determining criteria. And yet, Christy was a woman left to shadow box with the future. If they do get on TV this year, if they earn enough from their sport to live decently, if they once again appear on the cover of magazines and cereal boxes, it will be too late for Christy Martin the boxer, but not Christy Martin the fighter. A Pioneer. An Icon. A World Champion. The first lady of boxing who opened doors she can no longer walk through.  But every young woman who gets into the ring will know they got their start from her. I just hope they have her courage.

You started at a time when few women boxed. What lit the fire?

I began boxing before it was acceptable for women to compete in physical contact sports. I feel I had the desire to show people that I could fight, if it was socially accepted or not. I have always been a rebel, doing things that others thought I couldn’t do successfully. After scoring my first KO victory in a Tough Man contest I was hooked on the adrenal rush that I had from such an exciting finish and the crowd’s reaction. 

http://www.boxing.com/outside_the_ring_christy_martin.html

Jimmy Burchfield, of CES Promotions is being honored this Saturday, September 26th by the Italian American Socitey.

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The NABF Congratulates Jimmy! I'm sure Mr. Dwyer will give us a full report.

 

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