After Bill Calogero recently took over as World Boxing Federation (WBF) Continental Coordinator for North America, he now revealed his team of Regional Representatives, which is headed by one of the great fighters of our generation: Former world super featherweight champion Gabriel Ruelas!
The surprise appointment is sure to raise some eyebrows, for Ruelas, now 43 years old, is truly a ring legend, who now tries his hand for the first time as an administrator.
Born in Mexico, but living in California since he crossed the border with his parents aged 7, “Gabe” turned pro together with his brother (and later fellow-world champ) Rafael and went on to win the world super featherweight crown in 1994.
His ring career featured memorable battles with boxing icons like Azumah Nelson (twice), Arturo Gatti or Jesse James Leija and finally came to a close in 2003, after Ruelas had compiled a sterling 49-7 (24) record.
“I am excited about taking on a role with the World Boxing Federation,” said Gabriel Ruelas upon his appointment, “I have a lot of faith in the WBF and I believe the timing is right. I hope to help the WBF grow further and I hope to grow myself within the WBF!”
Completing the WBF North American team headed by Calogero are Austin Killeen from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Daxx Khan from Marlboro, New York and Blakely Berger from Indianapolis, Indiana, all coming with a wealth of experience and connections in professional boxing.
“I think Bill (Calogero) has put together a fantastic team, which we are very confident about. It is especially good to see a popular ex-champ like Gabe Ruelas joining us. That’s what boxing needs and we warmly welcome Gabe into the ever-growing WBF family,” said WBF President Howard Goldberg from South Africa.