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Presidents Column  |  September 2011

Posted on September 26 2011                                              Bookmark and Share
By WBF President Howard Goldberg  



In life one is prone to making mistakes. We try to learn from our mistakes in order to be bigger, better and wiser for future encounters. I too, like everyone else have made mistakes, but I do pride myself on being able to accurately judge people and personalities literally within minutes of meeting people.

When I went to Johannesburg last week to meet with Francois Botha and new promoter Damian Michael, I was so impressed with the enthusiasm and passion of Michael who lives, eats and sleeps boxing. More than that, I found him to be an intelligent and successful go- getter, and since our first meeting, Francois, Damian and I have developed a fantastic working and trusting relationship.

For a new promoter to stage an incredible five (!) WBF world titles on his inaugral bill speaks wonders for this energetic “new kid on the block”. He has organized his venue, the world famous MonteCasino in Johannesburg, and has delivered timeously on every single promise he has undertaken. 

We at the World Boxing Federation have associated ourselves with some of the top promoters in the world, promoters with great pedigree and with great integrity, such as SES Boxing in Germany or HG Boxing in Mexico, to name just two. Without these promoters, boxing would cease to exist and thus they play a pivotal role in keeping the greatest sport in the world alive and thriving. 

We are delighted to officially welcome Damian Michael and his promotional group ShowPony as one of the WBF promoters. We look forward to a wonderful and lengthy relationship based on mutual respect and open dialogue.

I look at our show on November 19 and to see names such as Francois Botha, Michael Grant, Ali Funeka, Malcolm Klassen and Ilunga Makabu to mention but a few, I know with great certainty that we at the WBF are headed not only in the right direction but at a fast pace to take our rightful place as a leading world sanctioning body. Others just say it, we live it. Having said that, we will remain humble, transparent and consistent in our approach to professional boxing. Welcome aboard Damian Michael and ShowPony!

Until next time, keep boxing.

Howard Goldberg

PRESIDENT: World Boxing Federation


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