November 15, 2013
From NABF President Duane Ford:
I am pleased to announce that since our NABF Convention in Reno, Nevada, in July, the organization has had tremendous growth in its membership. All of the committees are functioning and communicating with each other. Furthermore, we are happy to report that our officials are being used and they are doing a wonderful job in lifting the image and reputation of the NABF.
Being the President of the North American Boxing Federation has been a real learning process, and I could not do it without those great people working around me: Craig Hubble, Mauricio Sulaiman, Ed Pearson, Claude Jackson, Chris Stilson, Jill Diamond, Joanna Aguilar, Bob Yalen, Deborah Hawkins, Paula McLellan and David Sutherland, just to name a few. There are many others who are making the NABF move forward, and we thank each and every one of them.
Notes on forthcoming fights:
· We have sanctioned the Andy Ruiz vs. Tor Hamer fight for the vacant NABF heavyweight title, to be held in Macau, China, on November 23. Laurence Cole has been assigned as the referee, and Craig Hubble will be representing the NABF as supervisor. Thank you, Bob Arum and Top Rank.
· We have sanctioned the Paulie Malignaggi vs. Zab Judah fight for the NABF welterweight title, to be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on December 7. Thank you, Golden Boy Promotions.
We are happy to announce that the 2014 NABF Convention will be held in Chicago, Illinois, with arrival day on July 2, and departure day on July 6. This will be a wonderful event, highlighted by memories on the water with a yacht dinner cruise by Mystic Blue Cruises on Lake Michigan the evening of the 4th of July, ending with the tremendous fireworks over Lake Michigan.
Details will be released very soon. Please mark your calendars for July 2nd – 6th, 2014, for Chicago.