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by: Adam Kilgore

The heavyweight champion of the world earns the unofficial designation of Baddest Man on the Planet, a title no one at first glance would confer to Andy Ruiz Jr. He carries, in his own words, “extra flab.” His muscles are undefined, and his belly jiggles. His opponents evoke statues of Greek gods. He evokes a man ordering an extra gyro.

“A lot of people can relate to me,” Ruiz said Tuesday in a phone conversation. “It doesn’t matter how you look. As long as you train hard, you focus and you’re hungry and that drive is in you to follow your dreams, everything is possible.”

Ruiz has been overlooked, mocked and doubted his entire boxing career, judged on his appearance rather than his quick hands and iron fortitude. No more. Ruiz gained instant fame and long-sought validation Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, where in the seventh round he knocked out previously undefeated champion Anthony Joshua, a Brit four inches taller than Ruiz and built like Adonis. Ruiz was an 11-1 long shot, and the victory entered the pantheon of biggest surprises in boxing history.

Building a fan ‘base in boxing is a different animal than in other sports. There is no central league office, with a cadre of press relations persons, helping propel the reputation of the “league” and the athletes who comprise said league into press and rooter prominence.

Boxing is a frontier sport, the barrier to entry is low, and that appeals to independent types. It’s every man and woman for themselves, at times, and so boxing often plays within a rules set that tracks alongside capitalism at its core. You get the deal you negotiate, not the one you “deserve.”

To read more: https://www.badlefthook.com/2018/10/22/18009874/mikaela-mayer-fights-to-widen-the-niche-for-women-in-boxing

886EFE6A BA42 43AC A2D4 50E3BF3F06F4Congratulations, Duane Ford!

NABF Champion, Oscar Negrete's Youtube Interview

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Lee Peters, longtime active member of the NABF and WBC, has successfully had major surgery on his neck.

The NABF family wishes you a speedy recovery, Lee!

NABF President Duane Ford announced today a change to the Female Division.  After three and a half years as Chairperson of the NABF Female Committee, Paula Mclellan has stepped aside to take care of business in her personal life.   

The new Chairperson will be Deborah Hawkins of Dallas Texas.  Deborah has spent a lifetime giving service to others and has served on numerous committees for the NABF and WBC.   She will also continue her role handling Public Relations for the NABF.

 "I am very excited to work with the amazing women who are fighting in the ring. Several fights are scheduled for this

spring and I will be looking for more opportunities to add a Female NABF title fight to cards around North America", said Deborah in an interview. It all starts with the Detroit card on March 10, featuring Claressa Shields and Szilvia Szabados, and Paula Mclellan's efforts - watch it live on ShoBox - The New Generation!

The NABF expresses our deepest appreciation and thanks to our dear friend Paula Mclellan and wish her the very best in the future.

Here comes the Champs!

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By Jill Diamond on December 25, 2016

Outside the Ring: Christy Martin

“I had the desire to show people that I could fight, if it was socially accepted or not.” (SI)

“In the ring, I wanted to be explosive and entertaining for the fans. Out of the ring I am finally finding who the real me is…”

Sports and Philanthropy: A series of articles dedicated to those who’ve given their all and still give more. Each article will feature a different community champion; no belts, no medals, no ratings… just good people passing it on.