HEADING TO CHICAGO
Frank Sinatra was right. Chicago is a big city with a hometown feel, and we will have our "family reunion" there this July! The annual NABF Convention is scheduled to hit the Windy City, with an opening cocktail reception on July 2, 2014 and departures on July 6, 2014.
Arrangements have been finalized for the NABF Convention to take place in the toddlin' town at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile. The hotel is newly renovated (June 2013), right in the middle of the city's top attractions, and a short walk, train or cab ride from the city's best shopping (Michigan Avenue), John Hancock Building (one of the tallest in the US), Navy Pier, Lake Michigan, Millennium Park, and Wrigley Field.
I wrote this before getting the sad news about the passing of Jose Sulaiman. He gave so much to the fighters and did more than any other leader of a sanctioning body to promote safety. He had a great life and so many friends. I'm glad to have been one of them.
Many Years and Many Thoughts....
My thoughts returned to November 2013, just before President Jose Sulaiman was about to enter
Despite persoanl tragedy and stress, Mauricio Sulaiman, became the President of the WBC with a unanimous vote. Below is his tribute to his father, Don Jose Sulaiman.
"Gracias a mi viejito adorado
Por alguna razón el destino me llevo a ser el hijo mas cercano a mi papa en lo que se refiere al boxeo . Desde pequeño me llevaba a la Arena Coliseo , al Toreo de cuatro caminos , a conferencias de prensa y a todo tipo de eventos con gente del boxeo.Mi papa fue y siempre sera mi héroe , mi inspiración , mi guía para todo en la vida y el ser “hijo de Jose Sulaiman” siempre me abrió las puertas en la vida , me lleno de oportunidades y ahora me coloca como el presidente de su querido Consejo Mundial de Boxeo. Ser su hijo es mi máximo orgullo y es lo mas grande que puedo tener como estandarte en la vida.
Happy 50th Birthday to the Modern Era of Boxing:
50 years ago, the era of modern boxing as we know it today was born. 1964 was a pivotal year in many respects. As the world was still mourning the tragic assassination of John F. Kennedy the previous year, 1964 brought with it the birth of a new era of hope, change, excitement and conflict. This was the year that the Beatles were introduced to the world. After that, rock and roll would never be the same again.
Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison for his role in opposing apartheid in South Africa. He would eventually emerge as a hero to the world upon his release in 1990. Lyndon Johnson’s first full year as President began with optimism as he carried out the legacy of JFK. Martin Luther King, Jr. won the Nobel Peace prize as he emerged as the leader of the Civil Rights movement. In Vietnam, a war was brewing that would last far longer than anyone could have ever predicted.
Here is a great article by Anson Wainwright about NABF Champ Maduma and his hopes for the future. Congratulations to his Team... Eye of the Tiger Management and Camille Estephan.
"Despite not having television broadcast backing, the show went on for Ghislain Maduma, who successfully turned back the challenge of John Carlo Aparicio in three rounds in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on February 5th.
Maduma picked apart his Mexican opponent before dropping him twice for the inevitable stoppage at 2.42 of the round to retain the NABF lightweight crown for the first time."
( to read more click HERE )
MARCH 29 AT THE BOARDWALK HALL IN ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
LIVE ON HBO BOXING AFTER DARK
NEW JERSEY (February 25, 2014) - Gary Shaw Production's super-lightweight contender and Puerto Rican star, Thomas Dulorme (20-1, 14 KOs), who's ranked WBA # 3, IBF # 5, WBC # 6, and WBO # 14, will battleWBO # 6 and WBC # 11 rated contender, Karim "Hard Hitta" Mayfield (18-0-1, 11 KOs) battle for the NABF Super-Lightweight title. The 10-round bout will take place at the Boardwalk Hall (The Ballroom) in Atlantic City, New Jersey, March 29 on the undercard of Sergey Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) vs.Cedric Agnew (26-0, 13 KOs). The event will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark® beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.