LIL OSCAR CANTU RECEIVES A PLACE IN HISTORY
WBC/NABF 5-time champion, Oscar Cantu, is a Super Star in Kingsville Texas. On Saturday, August 25th, he was honored at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, with a permanent exhibit in the Connor Museum. It displays wonderful pieces of memorabilia and photos of his amateur and professional careers in boxing. Cantu, ever the humble, friendly and generous man, gave credit to his family and community for always supporting him and guiding him throughout the journey. He said, “I couldn’t have done this on my own. I needed you all.” He is known throughout the area for his volunteer work – everything from mentoring the youth in his dad’s boxing gym to clean up projects around town. Almost 300 loyal fans were in attendance at the ceremony. Also speaking at the event were Kleberg County Judge Rudy Madrid, Oscar’s sister, Erica Marcial, and former WBC world Super Bantamweight champion Paul Banke. Cantu looks forward to conducting tours at the museum and explaining to children and adults what it took to earn his success in boxing. The museum is open to the public. Congratulations, Champ!
The Honorable "Rick"Crocker
Our "Rick" Glen Crocker is quite a character --or should I say, a man of great character. What would we do without him? Especially when it comes time to take home those wonderful, sacred items he kindly finds and brings to the convention. It would be dull without him!
- What is it about boxing that attracted you?
I was Director of a Salvation Army Community Center and decided to bring in boxing as an activity.
I called Joe Lopez for help with the amateurs which started a great program. I can remember when Robert
Quiroga, a small young boy, walked into the gym.
- What do you think about the way the amateurs are scored?
Selina "Aztec Queen" Barrios
Undefeated NABF Lightweight champion, Selina "Aztec Queen" Barrios (4-0, 2 KOs), has a worthy opponent for her Corpus Christi Showdown on September 8, Barrios will fight Patricia Juarez (4-0), sister of WBC Bantamweight champion, Mariana "Barbie" Juarez.
On the line will be Selina's NABF Lightweight title. The 10-round bout will take place at Whataburger Field, home to the Corpus Christi Hooks, the affiliate of the Houston Astros.
"Patricia Juarez asked to fight me, and I feel that part of being a champion is accepting fights with worthy opponents," said Selina Barrios, who hails from San Antonio, TX. "She is an undefeated fighter with the same record as me, and her sister is a future Hall of Famer. I look forward to making a title defense against a worthy challenger like Patricia Juarez."
"I want to represent Mexico and fight on behalf of my country, and win this title for my people," said Patricia Juarez, who trains in Denver, Colorado. "I asked for this fight, and now I have it. I can't wait to take advantage of this opportunity and follow in the footsteps of my sister Mariana. I'm going to bring home a victory for my people back home in Mexico."
In her last bout, Barrios, who is a devastating power-puncher, scored a sensational knockout against previously unbeaten, Aida "Lady Sparta" Satybaldinova (3-1-1).
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NABF 50th Convention
The 50th annual NABF convention got underway this afternoon at the Silver Legacy Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada. With convention delegates arriving throughout the day, the schedule was light with registration all day, followed by the ratings meeting and a closed board of directors meeting. The night capped off with the federation’s customary “personality improvement” cocktail gathering at the Rum Bullion’s Patio.
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Our Friend, Sam Macias
It is with an incredibly heavy heart that I pass along that our dear friend Sam Macias passed away on July 21.
Sammy devoted so much his life to boxing, as Chairman of and a Commissioner with the Nevada Athletic Commission, as a member of the Board of Governors and Continental Americas Championship Chairman for the WBC, and as President and a long time Executive Board member of the NABF (which I like to think, besides his beautiful wife Sandy, was Sammy's true love).
Like so many of you, I owe a debt of gratitude to Sammy that I could never truly express and that I certainly could never repay. Sammy assigned me to supervise my very first bout (Vernon Forrest vs Ray Oliveira on Nov. 7, 1997), and, along with his partner-in-crime Dickie Cole, Sammy was instrumental in almost anything and everything that I have received through boxing. We always stress how much the NABF is like a family. In large part, that is due to Sammy.
Sammy was truly one of kind, and, despite how much it pains me to write this, I also can't help but think of all of the GREAT times that we shared over the years.
RIP, my dear friend. I do not have the words to express how much you will be missed.
Heather "The Heat" Hardy
The NABF welcomes Heather Hardy as our new Featherweight Champion!
NABF Super Lightweight defense
- Maxim Dadashev vs Antonio DeMarco, Fresno California
NABF Female Lightweight (Defense)
-Selina Barrios vs Patricia Juarez, Corpus Christi Texas