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Presidents Column  | 
May 2010

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



The World Boxing Federation staged its first ever Convention in Tirana Albania organized superbly put together by Honorary President Ylli Ndroqi and his highly efficient team.

It was interesting to predict the number of delegates, but we were delighted to have more than 50 officials, administrators, boxers, trainers, promoters, doctors all participating enthusiastically in a wonderful and memorable weekend.  Congratulations to Kreshnik Qato for successfully defending his middleweight title in a tough fight.

From a personal perspective I met lots of people I had previously emailed or called but had never seen.  At the end of the day we were all part of a single family all passionate about the sport we love so much.

I was also delighted to meet top Polish promoter Piotr Werner, and look forward to going to Poland next month to see our cruiserweight world champion Pawel Kolodziej defending his title. 

Our titles continue to be taken, and on 21 May in South Africa, we have an interesting match up between Matima Molefe 9 1 with 6 kos v the dangerous Osubama Akaba from Ghana, who is the only person to have inflicted a defeat against world # 9 Tshifiwe Munyai.  I have watched the highly talented Molefe in action, who in addition boasts a victory over the current South African champion, and believe that this fight could be a war. 

Europe is flying and we are having fights virtually on a weekly basis.  Our strategy as an organization remains abundantly clear quality, fairness, honesty, integrity and the highest standards possible. 

I certainly intend taking one weekend off and resting at my home in the most beautiful city in the world Cape Town.  I have been on three continents in the last four weeks as duty calls with the rapid growth of the World Boxing Federation.

It was also interesting to hear of some recommended places for our next convention:  Kiev, Luxumbourg and of course Cape Town.  I would be delighted to hear from our people as to their preference.

Until next time, keep boxing.

Howard Goldberg

PRESIDENT: World Boxing Federation


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