During its III. World Convention in Maribor, Slovenia this past September, The World Boxing Federation (WBF) announced the establishing of the WBF Advisory Board.
The board, which will advice on various matters based on own experiences in the sport, includes former world champions Robin Reid, Donny Lalonde, Francois Botha and Jan Zaveck, as well as former European champion, and Olympic Gold medalist, Audley Harrison.
Now these big personalities are joined by Argentinean icon Juan Martin Coggi, a true ring legend, who has seen it all and done it all in the squared circle.
Coggi, who last month went to France with his son Martin Antonio Coggi as trainer for juniors failed attempt to win the WBF World Light Welterweight crown against Christopher Sebire, compiled a 75-5-2 (44) record in his own career.
He is a three-time WBA World Light Welterweight Champion, and made ten successful defenses of that title in his three reigns between 1987 and 1996.
Born in December of 1961, he fought professionally for seventeen years (1982-1999), and his wealth of experience and knowledge is sure to benefit the WBF in many ways.
Said Mr. Coggi: “It was a true pleasure dealing with the WBF in connection to my sons world title fight in France. And experiencing first hand what a genuine and professional organization it is, made we jump on the opportunity to contribute as a member of the WBF Advisory Board.”
“With the way they run things, I am sure the WBF has a bright future, and I am very pleased to now be a part of it.”
WBF President Howard Goldberg added: “What can I say, it is a true honor to have Mr. Coggi join us, and along with Reid, Botha, Lalonde, Zaveck and Harrison it is really some Advisory Board we have been able to put together. How can you not listen very carefully to what these guys have to say?”