By Boxing Bob Newman
The 30th annual IBF convention in Berlin wrapped up moments ago at 10:30 a.m. German time at the Hotel Concorde. Unfinished business was addressed, as well as a few new topics and the votes for both the 2014 and 2015 convention sites.
President Daryl Peoples addressed a question about AIBA (International Amateur Boxing Association) and their World Series of Boxing/infiltration into the paid ranks. People said he has had preliminary dialog with high ranking members of the WBA, WBC and WBO and shares their collective concerns. Marketing of IBF merchandise was looked to include new products, an online store from which to order year round and having “International Boxing Federation” spelled out on some products in addition to the IBF initials.
Along the convention sites topic were concerns about including interpretation services for non English speaking attendees during the seminars, and including lunch during the seminar breaks. Votes were taken for both the 2014 and 2015. After much discussion and some of it heated- it looks as if San Diego will host the 2014 convention. Representative of IBF Asia David Yoo made a compelling bid for Korea, possibly Seoul, to host the 2015 convention. The vote went Korea’s way overwhelmingly. With elections coming in the next year, Yoo will pitch the convention to the mayors of various cities to see who makes the most attractive offer. With that, Biss Dann Berlin und Danke Schön!