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Presidents Column  |  December 2010

Posted on December 6 2010                                              Bookmark and Share
By WBF President Howard Goldberg  



As the year winds down, we at the World Boxing Federation can reflect on a good year as we continue our exciting and progressive adventure of growing and developing quality boxing worldwide.

We have ventured into the USA with Evander Holyfield holding our heavyweight crown, and with some exciting opportunities beckoning for the Real Deal in 2011 as he too winds down on his remarkable career. 

Poland has been active with our top class champions, Kolodziej and Kostecki showing their class throughout the year. Albania hosted our Convention but in a shock Kreshnik Qato lost his title this month, but knowing Qato as I do, he will do his utmost to come back and aim to regain his title.

South Africa suffered a quiet year as a result of the Soccer World Cup, but with William Gare defending on December 11, Lbubalo Msutu defending in February, and Matima Molefe challenging in March, South Africa looks like being explosive in 2011.

Of course we ventured into Mexico with Manny Jimenez claiming the Strawweight title, also defending it in late December.

Many international, intercontinental and regional titles were contested and while we congratulate all the winners, special mention must be made of our first South American champion, Raphael Zumbano of Brazil, whose fight I was fortunate to attend.  Notice the name Zumbano - he could just be one to remember in the future.

Our woman’s titles excelled this year, with many world championships being contested. The quality of our champions is without question as good, if not better, than any of the other organizations.  The outstanding skills of Natascha Ragosina, Noni Tenge, Myriam Lamare, Ramona Kuehne, Unathi Myekeni, Nadya Hokmi, Oksana Vasilieva and Ju Hee Kim speak for themselves.

I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the World Boxing Federation team - the executive, our global representatives, our legal team, our medical team under the expertise of Dr Adam Balogh, Diana Spasova our brilliant General Secretary, and all others involved in making the World Boxing Federation the high standard organization it is, and for all the hard work put in into a good and solid 2010.  

I would, however, like to single our Executive Director Olaf Schroeder for his dedication and remarkable work put in this year, our Vice President Jean Marcel Nartz for his wisdom and cool head, our past Vice President and now advisor Matteo Fratini for all his efforts, Toni Tiberi for his dedication and hard work on our committee, and also to Sergio Sotelo for incredible work in the Latin America and Mexico side.

Having said that, it remains a full and committed team effort that will drive us in 2011 where we aim to fill our titles with quality fighters, where we aim to see our champions fighting at least 2 to 3 times a year, where we show the rest of the boxing world our legitimacy and our excellence. 

Remember too we have our annual Convention in Kiev in the first week of July - and would really like to see all of you there.

Finally I would like to wish each and every one of you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year - to look for the good things in life, and to strive for excellence in everything you do.  Dream big and realize these dreams - much of it is up to you!

I thank you for 2010.

Until next time, keep boxing.

Howard Goldberg

PRESIDENT: World Boxing Federation


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