NABF Mourns Claude Jackson….
With the passing of Claude Jackson, the NABF has lost a brother and leader. For months he fought an arduous battle to keep his mortal existence, then passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 24, 2014. We pay tribute to him as a past president of the North American Boxing Federation, Chairman of the NABF ratings committee. The only thing greaterthan his love for boxing, was his love for the fighters and other individuals involved the sport. We should all mourn the passing not just of a great boxing person, but of an admirable man.
I am pleased to say that we continue to increase our calendar with many high qualified fights and Champions; and we are proud of the dedication of our officials as well as the cooperation of the promoters.
This will be a brief report, dedicated to someone we all miss. Let's take this time to think about and pray for our Fighter of the Year 2014, Claude Jackson. He left us too soon but gifted us with years of wonderful memories. Claude was a role model in our community, and one of life's good guys.
Goodbye, my friend.
Boxing has been declining for decades. The advent of TV in the early 1950s, where boxing’s portability found a home in black and white, shuttered the fight clubs. Without fight clubs for fighters to strut their stuff, gyms began emptying, because if fighters can’t fight what’s the point? Then, when the locus of boxing shifted from New York, the media capital of the world, to Las Vegas, a fantasyland surrounded by desert scrub, the sport took another hit.
But boxing can take a punch. It gets rocked. It sometimes gets dropped. But only a simpleton would count boxing down and out. It has its ups and downs. The sport’s popularity waxes and wanes. But boxing is eternal, evolving and devolving with the years, and so the show goes on.
But boxing can take a punch. It gets rocked. It sometimes gets dropped. But only a simpleton would count boxing down and out. It has its ups and downs. The sport’s popularity waxes and wanes. But boxing is eternal, evolving and devolving with the years, and so the show goes on.http://www.boxing.com/ford_foundation.html
Claude Jackson, a gentle and humble man, slipt away quietly, as was his style. He was not only one of boxing's best, but one of life's best. He embraced the possibilities and every person who needed his help. Please read Bob Neuman's lovely aritcle below to celibrate his life and love for the community.
KATHY DUVA APPRECIATION AWARD
MAURICIO SULAIMAN CORNERSTONE AWARD
FRANK GARZA HUMANITARIAN AWARD
STEPHEN BLEA HUMANITARIAN AWARD
RAYLENE CARBONE HUMANITARIAN AWARD
BARRY LINDENMAN HUMANITARIAN AWARD
TOP RANK PROMOTER OF THE YEAR (MALE)
BOBBY DePHILLIPS PROMOTER OF THE YEAR (FEMALE)
CAMILLE ESTEPHEN MANAGER OF THE YEAR
BRAD GOODMAN MATCH MAKER OF THE YEAR
DAVID SUTHERLAND HARDEST WORKER OF THE YEAR
Here's opne of the many articles written about the Tribute UCLA di to honor our late President, Jose Sulaiman. The event was a fitting celebration fo his life and contributions to the sport and the safety measures he insured for our athletes.
The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) has paid a magnificent tribute to celebrate the life and work as well as what was described as “the historic achievements” of the late WBC president Don Jose Sulaiman.
Sulaiman was cited primarily for his efforts in making boxing a safer sport and for his hands-on attitude towards boxers.
Don Jose’s son Mauricio Sulaiman who was overwhelmingly chosen to succeed his late father was touched by the fact that promoters, retired and active fighters, politicians and some of Don Jose’s family got together to pay homage to the great leader in the world of professional boxing.
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In an evening rich with stunning surprises, two of the most dramatic fights were NABF's. And we welcome back Diery Jean!
Andy Lee and Marvin Sonsona, welcome aboard
These were two sensational, and unpredictable wars. We are proud of all the participants.
The NABF is delighted with the return of Andy Lee as our champion, and embrace Marvin Sonsona on his rematch victory with Vazquez!
Former jr welterweight title challenger Diery Jean (26-1, 18 KOs) moved down to lightweight in his comeback fight and scored an eighth round TKO over Mario Perez (15-6-4, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Pierre-Charbonneau Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
George D. Durrant wrote the book “My Best Day so far”……Our NABF Convention in Chicago was “Our Best Day so far.” We express our appreciation and thank you's to those who went to the time and expense to attend our 46th convention. We are indebted to the wonderful speakers who shared their wisdom and passion for their topics. We also wish to express our gratitude to the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel, General Manager, Doug Dean and his wonderful staff. The hotel was a magnificent place to hold our convention. This by far was our biggest convention with having over 225 attend. Thank you everyone.