Apollo Gatti Mizzone, family member of Jolene Mizzone and a true, NABF Champion!
We would like to give each of you one more chance to take advantage of the lower membership cost before we remove non-paid members from our newsletter group.
After much discussion, the NABF has elected to reduce the membership rate this year from $50 to $25. This rate will be good through February 28, 2021 for all those members needing to renew. If you are not sure your membership is due, you might want to look at your membership card. If you still have questions about renewing you can always contact me by email, text or phone.
We would encourage everyone to use the online renewal from the website, but you can also mail in your membership if needed by printing the form, filling it out, and mailing it in with your payment. Note that you will need to enter $25 in the amount when renewing not the usual $50. If memberships are not up to date, you risk the chance of not staying up on the most current email distribution list.
NABF Membership Chair
UPDATES from NABF President, Ford
Update from NABF President Duane Ford – November 10, 2020
In April 2020 the NABF leadership was faced with a very difficult decision regarding our “family gathering” in the form of our annual North American Boxing Federation convention. This difficult decision was made to cancel our annual convention. Looking back and seeing that so many of our membership was sadly affected with the impact of COVID-19, that decision in April was the correct decision.
Today I want to let you know our plans and dreams for the NABF going forward. These plans are totally dependent upon the further impact of COVID – 19. None the less we are planning on having a 2021 Convention either in Las Vegas, NV or San Diego, CA, depending upon the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We will watch this closely as we turn into the first quarter of 2021.
Boxing events have taken a hit (no pun intended) during 2020 and we express our thanks and appreciation to those commissions and promoters who have been successful in operating out of a bubble style format to bring boxing back.
Queeda Walker: Queen of the Cowboys
NABF President, Duane Ford and the entire membership mourn the passing of Queeda Walker, wife of former NABF President, Rex Walker.
Queeda was an amazing woman; author, businesswoman, mother, wife and wrangler and admired by many. She was a role model and a woman of great dignity and humility. She will be missed by all.
We send our support and condolences to the entire Walker family.
Lil Oscar Cantu Retires
Former NABF Super Flyweight champion Lil Oscar Cantu held a press conference August 10 in his hometown, Kingsville Texas, to announce his retirement from the ring.
The 29 year old told his story live on social media with only a few family members and friends in attendance that the difficult decision was made after a diagnosis of a brain aneurysm. He is being carefully monitored by specialists and is doing fine, but the doctor’s recommendation is that he not continue his career.
Oscar won five Green Belts over the last few years -2014, USNBC Super Fly
Legendary, Dickie Cole
NABF MOURNS THE PASSING OF DICKIE COLE
It is with an incredibly heavy heart that I pass along the news that our dear friend Dickie Cole has passed today July 18, 2020.
Dickie devoted his life to boxing and, in so doing, touched countless lives. Dickie shared his father's deep love of boxing and attended North Texas University on a boxing scholarship. After working as a referee and judge for 29 years, Dickiebecame the Executive Director of the Combative Sports Division of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, a role in which he served for 21 years and for which he was revered.
NABF Champ, Kim Clavel, Gets ESPY Award
Kim Clavel, NABF Champion Boxer, turned nurse, will receive the Pat Tillman Award at the ESPYS Awards
NABF Convention 2020 Postponed
Recent concerns regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) has generated much public attention and has caused significant change in travel, personal interactions and in guidelines prescribed by health officials for how to address the growing concern.
The North American Boxing Federation (NABF) has been carefully monitoring these developments and summoned a telephonic board meeting to discuss the annual 2020 NABF Convention previously scheduled for December 7- 10 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The board unanimously voted to postpone any decision on holding the NABF Convention in 2020. This said, we will re-evaluate our decision every 30 - 45 days to see how the health risks with travel and group meetings are unfolding. We will keep our membership updated.
These steps are being taken to comply with best practices or direction provided by the public health organizations of various national governments.
WBC Reduces Rounds
Reduction of rounds for WBC-affiliated fight
By Mauricio Sulaiman
Son of Jose Sulaiman / WBC President
The World Boxing Council, based on the recommendation of its Medical Committee, voted unanimously to reduce all WBC affiliated championship fights from 12 to 10 rounds. Only World Championship and Silver Championship fights will be authorized for 12 rounds.
It is even recommended to have 8 round fights for regional championships, which usually includes fighters with a lower experience profile.
Boxing is a contact sport and can be dangerous when not taking full care of all measures, which over the years have been implemented to maximize the protection of fighters.
Boxers are warriors; Gladiators who are willing to give their all in the ring. They don’t care if they fight 10, 20 or 50 rounds. They would fight to the death, just as it was in Roman times.