Go West Young Man
“Go west young man” is a phrase first coined in the 1800’s that promised of the great new opportunities that existed as the United States expanded its territories through its expansion westward. But it can also apply to Dave Moretti, one of the newest members of the Buffalo Veteran Boxers Association Hall of Fame. His decision in the mid 1970’s to relocate from Niagara Falls, New York to Las Vegas, Nevada launched the career of one of the most respected professional boxing judges in the history of the sport.
Who would have thought that the end of the Vietnam War would ultimately lead to the start of a new career in professional boxing? But that’s just what happened to Dave Moretti. Following his graduation from high school and after joining the Navy as an aircraft mechanic, he eventually ended up working for a company called Carborundum, which made bulletproof vests for soldiers during the Vietnam War. However, once the war ended in 1975, and the demand for the vests wasn’t as great, the company laid him off. With no solid job prospects in the area, Dave packed up his belongings and along with his pregnant wife, headed out to Las Vegas for a fresh start. The decision to move to Vegas followed his father’s earlier move to the drier climate of the Nevada desert because he suffered from emphysema. His father had agreed to pay for his training at a technical school in order for him to learn how to become a slot machine technician. Although that training didn’t exactly pay off as Dave never became a slot machine mechanic, his move to Las Vegas did result in various other jobs in the casino industry. After landing a job as a floor manager for slot machines at the Aladdin hotel, Dave was fortunate enough to meet a gentleman named Harold Buck, who at the time was also judging professional boxing. It was Buck who
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The 48th NABF convention informally opened tonight with a cocktail reception at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. Some 250 delegates are expected to be in attendance. The official opening with be Friday morning, with the day being filled with several speakers, then capping off with the banquet in the grand ballroom. Saturday will see reports from the committees on ratings, USNBC, female, ring officials and the 2017 convention. The referees seminar will be also be held simultaneously. Sunday will see the judges seminar followed by the Washington vs Atlanta major league baseball game.
Results + Scheduled Bouts
Trevin Farmer v Darden Zanunaj
2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pa
WINEER: Tevin Farmer by UD
Oleksandr Gvozdyk v Isaac Chilemba
November 19th, 2016
T Mobile, Las Vegas, NV
WINNER: Olekandf Gvodzdyk RTD
JoJo Diaz: The Next Goldenboy?
NABF featherweight champion Joseph “Jojo” Diaz, Jr. (22-0, 13 KOs) of South El Monte, California, won with a ninth round TKO over Andrew “El Chango” Cancio (17-4-2, 13 KOs) of Blythe, California.
Diaz worked patiently,accurately and relentlessly, often going to the body, as Cancio pressed in the opening round. In the second, Diaz and Cancio exchanged on the inside. Cancio's nose was badly cut in round three, as he continued to press the slick Diaz. The fourth was all Diaz as the tough Cancio was bloodied but continuing to swarm forward.
Jo Jo continued to dominate and control Cancio in round five. A relaxed and accurate Jo Jo picked his shots boxing his bloodied opponent.mDespite the blood drenching, Cancio kept coming at Diaz in the second half of the fight. In round nine the Referee waved it off at 2:29.
54th WBC Convention!
This promiises to be one of the most important and inspiring conventions. Even with three months to go, rooms are going fast.
This year has been special to the boxing world, the WBC will honor Muhammad Ali and there will be many important matters to be discussed regarding the future of our sport. I hope that you will represent us in your area to take as many people as possible to our convention.
Let's write the future of boxing, together!
Helping The Brave
The NABF arrived in Dallas Texas Tuesday with a very special gift for members of the Dallas Police Department family. At the annual convention in Washington D.C. this year, proceeds from the auction were designated to go to the Assist the Officer Foundation. This was done soon after the killings of 4 Dallas officers and one transit officer by a sniper. President Duane Ford and Secretary JoAnna Aguilar, along with other local members, Laurence Cole, Deborah Hawkins, Don Griffin, and Oren Shellenberger, were there to present the check to ATO President, Mike Mata, and our own WBC and NABF judge - and Deputy Chief of Police - Jesse Reyes.
The police officers present were given medallions and our heartfelt thanks for their continued service during these difficult days.
Photo: Laurence Cole, Deb Hawkins, Duane Ford, Jesse Reyes, Don Griffin , JoAnna Aguilar, Oren Shellendberger