After more than two decades the IBF/USBA is returning to Las Vegas, Nevada when its 28th Annual Convention takes place at the Paris Hotel & Casino May 31 – June 4, 2011. Las Vegas was the host city in 1990 when the organization held its 7th Annual Convention at the Maxim Hotel & Casino. “I expect that we will do well with attendance at this year’s convention,” stated IBF/USBA President, Daryl J. Peoples. He went on to add, “Not only is Las Vegas the ‘fight capital of the world’, it is a very popular tourist destination drawing visitors from all over the world.”
Several items are on the agenda for discussion at this convention, one being the organizations activity since they last convened in June 2010 in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The IBF/USBA has maintained a busy fight schedule since then. In fact, as of January of this year, forty bouts have been sanctioned for 2011 thus far. Included in these bouts are female championship bouts, also a topic of discussion for the convention. Since the organization began to rank female boxers, and sanctioned its first female championship bout (which took place in November 2010 in Germany), there has been a growing interest in IBF female championship fights. Actually, four female title bouts are scheduled for this week on March 31 and April 1.
Professional seminars in refereeing and judging, as well as a medical seminar, are prepared for each IBF/USBA convention. The referees seminar this year will take place at the renowned LasVegas boxing gym, the H.I.T. Factory and will be led by hall of fame referee, Robert Byrd. Furthermore, there will be a breakout session for referees on handwraps led by former light heavyweight champion and highly regarded trainer, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. New York State Athletic Commissioner, Melvina Lathan, who previous to her current position was a well-known boxing judge, will head the seminar for judges. Dr. William Lathan, the prominent ringside physician and medical advisor to the IBF/USBA, will direct the medical seminar. Dr. Lathan has invited to the medical panel ophthalmologist, Anthony Curreri of New York, to speak on eye injuries which commonly occur in boxing, and is a topic that has not been discussed in depth at previous medical seminars.
Several entertaining events are being prepared for the convention attendees, including a boat cruise on Lake Mead. Plans are also in the works to make the organization’s annual Gala Banquet and the popular Meet the Champions cocktail enjoyable and memorable gatherings for all the attendees. Each year several of the organization’s champions, past and present, as well as ranked fighters attend these events. IBF Jr. Welterweight Champion, Zab Judah, will be in attendance at this convention and will likely be joined some of the organization’s popular champions. For more information on the IBF/USBA 28th Annual Convention visit ibf-usba-boxing.com, or contact the IBF/USBA office, which was recently relocated, at 899 Mountain Ave., Suite 2C, Springfield, NJ 07081 and the new telephone number is 973-564-8046.