WBF Convention Report – Day 3
The third and culminating day of the World Boxing Federation Convention in Saarbruecken, Germany started early with a cultural program. The delegates drove of to nearby Voelklingen for a special guided tour through “Voelklinger Huette”, which constitutes the most popular industrial historical monument in all of Germany and is recognized as a world heritage site.
Afterwards, it was back to Viktor’s Residenz-Hotel for the WBF Convention Luncheon & Awards Ceremony, with the winners of the WBF Annual Awards 2012 being handed their plaques by Howard Goldberg and Jean Marcel Nartz, WBF President and Vice President respectively.
Two winners were kept secret at the start of this year and were thus surprised about their nominations. Luxembourg’s Tonio Tiberi deservedly was honoured as “Referee of the Year” for his many outstanding performances in the ring, while promoters Oliver Heib and Bernhard Notar of DOG Eventboxing snatched the “Presidents Special Award” in recognition of their support and loyalty to the World Boxing Federation. Both of them had gone to great lengths to ensure hosting this WBF Convention in Saarbruecken.
Tonight, the huge WBF Championship Boxing Night at the Saarlandhalle, featuring four (!) World Boxing Federation title fights, is supposed to be the climax of the convention weekend. While delegates receive VIP treatment, many attending ring officials will nonetheless use the opportunity to present themselves in action in front of a sold-out audience, as every bout will feature a different set of referees and judges.