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Presidents Column  |  April 2012

Posted on May 3 2012                                              Bookmark and Share
By WBF President Howard Goldberg  



The World Boxing Federation strives for excellence and inclusivity. Every member of our team, from the top to the bottom, from world champion to regional champion, from experienced industry players to those starting out - each and every person affiliated to our organization is important and plays an integral part in our success story. 

Perhaps unlike other organizations (people know I hate to make comparisons) we pride ourselves on being almost a "family organization" even considering the incredible growth that has occurred in the WBF over the past eighteen months. It is important to me, and equally to the principles of the WBF, that everyone knows one another, and that people are not simply "faces in the crowd".

In my column I do sometimes spotlight certain individuals, but do not for one second assume that it makes others less important. It does not; it simply allows me to comment on issues that may be relevant at that point in time. So, that being said, I am indeed going to endorse what is all over the internet at present - that we are the top organization in the world with regard to women’s boxing and we do not intend to rest there. We will get bigger, better, stronger and become dominant and each stumbling block thrown our way will only make us more determined, rest assured.

I am extremely excited on everyone's behalf when I talk about the upcoming fight between two of the finest women boxers ever. Our welterweight champion Anne Sophie Mathis, a French lady of class, talent, sublime skills and a role model to all, together with her outstanding record of 26-1 with 22 KO's, and of course rated # 1 in the world, comes up again against Holly Holm who also just happens to be the # 2 in the world, herself boasting a fine record of 30-2-3 with 9 KO's.

This just happens to be one of the biggest women’s fights of the year if not the past few years, and we are indeed proud to be involved in this fight in New Mexico. A heated debate continues regarding women’s boxing in general, but the truth of the matter is that women have the right to box, none more so than two wonderfully talented and exceptional women in Anne and Holly.

Until next time, keep boxing.

Howard Goldberg

PRESIDENT: World Boxing Federation


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