July 19, 2014, Macau, China. Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (Right) stops Junior Talipeau in the 1st round at at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China.
The North American Boxing Federation opening ceremony was one of the best ever. NABF President, Duane Ford, from Nevada, opened the convention with a great speech and putting forward the working plan for the year 2014-2015.
Kathy Duva, President of Main Events, was the guest speaker and her view on heavyweight boxing was a great topic.
Dr. Margaret Goodman presented in a very professional way antidoping and PED testing while ABC President Tim Lueckenhoff presented many topics, which have to do with boxing in the NABF region.
Vail, Hubert, Albert, Herbert and Gilbert Minn gathered at Hubert’s home in Manoa recently. The family has found success in a variety of sports.
We see each other at conventions and fights. We consider each other part of a large family coming together for great events. We are united by our love for the wonderful sport of boxing; but we rarely do we look beneath the colorful fabric that makes each other’s lives special. Judge, Hubert Minn has an amazing story. I will begin by quoting you an article from the Hawaii Star Bulletin written about him and his family:
“The family has been involved n Sports for three generations. They’ve been principals,
referees, soldiers, legislators, coaches and teachers. The Minn family is wildly known in Hawaii for its athletic prowess in a variety of sports – but what really makes them standout is
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.
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
Valdez, a highly decorated amateur and two time Mexican Olympian (2008 and 2012) from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, captured the NABF
Junior Super Featherweight title and improved to 10-0, with a 4th round knockout of Adrian Perez on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs Tim Bradley on April 12. All 10 of
Valdez' wins have come by KO. He is promoted by Top Rank and managed by Frank Espinoza of Espinoza Boxing Club in Los Angeles, California.