“Thank you first responders”
February 19, 2021 -NABF ……..“Thank you first responders”
As President of the North American Boxing Federation I wish to reach out to our membership and dear friends and let you know that the North American Boxing Federation is well and we are positive about our future. Because of COVID we have misplaced our communication with one another. This past year has truly been dreadful and lonely for all of us. I have honestly missed being able to hold our annual Convention and seeing and enjoying our NABF Family.
We want all of you to know that we want to hold a convention during 2021, however this would only occur if the pandemic protocols will allow. We are putting plans in place wherein we can act quickly to hold a convention in a City that can be accessed quickly by all. This said we will not interfere with our World Boxing Councils’ anticipated Convention scheduled for Bangkok Thailand November 8 – 12, 2021. Therefore we are watching for cities to open up that would allow us to meet together again.
IN YOUR CORNER
The Califonia State Athletic Commission, in acknowledgement of the terrible emotional cost of this pandemic, is reaching out to the community. Please watch this video, and if you need help, call a friend, call your family call the nuber listed in this video. We are all in your corner.
Apollo Gatti Mizzone, family member of Jolene Mizzone and a true, NABF Champion!
We would like to give each of you one more chance to take advantage of the lower membership cost before we remove non-paid members from our newsletter group.
After much discussion, the NABF has elected to reduce the membership rate this year from $50 to $25. This rate will be good through February 28, 2021 for all those members needing to renew. If you are not sure your membership is due, you might want to look at your membership card. If you still have questions about renewing you can always contact me by email, text or phone.
We would encourage everyone to use the online renewal from the website, but you can also mail in your membership if needed by printing the form, filling it out, and mailing it in with your payment. Note that you will need to enter $25 in the amount when renewing not the usual $50. If memberships are not up to date, you risk the chance of not staying up on the most current email distribution list.
NABF Membership Chair
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.
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
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.
The most important rule in boxing history was to reduce world championship fights from 15 to 12 rounds.
This change has saved lives and dignified the quality of life of all boxers after concluding their career inside the ring.
Fate led my dear father, Jose Sulaiman, to meet Dr. Gerald Finerman when they were both exercising on a treadmill. That chat of destiny led them to know that one was Director of an important area of the UCLA hospital, while the other was the President of the WBC.
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.