Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
The IBF held its awards banquet Friday night during the 29th annual convention at the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Coral Ballroom in Honolulu. Following a cocktail hour, delegates dined on Mahi Mahi, sirloin or roasted chicken, danced and witnessed the recognition of excellence for many of the IBF’s boxers, promoters and staff that have excelled during the past year.
The awards were as follows:
“Jersey Joe Walcott” Fighter of the Year: Tavoris Cloud
Most Title Defenses: Lucian Bute (3)
IBF Pan-Pacific Title Most Defenses: Fahsai Sakreerin (7)
Most Active Promoter: Zanfer Promotions
Most Active USBA Promoter: Peltz Boxing
Most Active Inter-Continental Promoter: Sauerland Events GmbH
Most Active Pan-Pacific Promoter: Jimmy’s Boxing
USBA Fight of the Year: Vernon Paris – Time Coleman
Inter-Continental Fight of the Year: Nikola Stevanovic
Pan-Pacific Fight of the Year: Rusalee Samor – Ryan Tampus
Honolulu mayor Peter Carlisle address the banquet gathering with praise for the IBF, thanks for choosing Honolulu as the convention site, and most humorously, promising to teach IBF president Daryl Peoples to surf before he heads back to New Jersey! Carlisle was touted by Peoples as “the coolest mayor around because he’s the only surfing mayor I know!”
President Peoples also took time to remember two members of the IBF family who also passed within the last year- referee Wayne Kelly and IBF Latin representative Julio Cesar Shaik.
Former IBF supermiddleweight champion Chong Pal Park was honored with a plaque for his accomplishments in boxing as well as his eight successful defenses over a three year reign from 1984-87.
Glen Hamada was honored for his commitment and dedication to make the 29th IBF convention a success. Glen is a boxing judge who lives in Hawai’i and was very instrumental in the planning of the convention.
IBF referees Jack Reiss and Robert Byrd were also recognized for their excellent presentation for the second year in a row of the referees seminar.
Money was also raised for the IBF/USBA Scholarship which is awarded every year to aid a student in their academic endeavors.
The closing session will take place in less than two hours, before everyone embarks on the long trip home, looking forward to another productive year for the IBF and next year’s convention.