By Johnny B’
The IBF/USBA 26th annual convention closed out Friday evening May 29th in brilliant fashion. President Marian Muhammad along with her staff, once again provided members with first class seminars for both referees and judges in addition to a fun filled evening banquet. IBF Chairman of Officials, Larry Hazzard Sr. oversaw and participated in both the morning referees seminar and the afternoon judges session. The judges seminar discussed the different applications of the ten point must system. Viewpoints on judging were given by Adalaide Byrd of Nevada and Jerome Jakubco from Illinois. The referees seminar was outstanding, opening with Benny Esteves Jr. New Jersey (duties and responsibilities), Pete Podgorski Illinois (dressing room instructions) along with Jack Reiss and Pat Russell from California (stopping bouts, fouls and point deductions). Assisting with demonstrations were Sparkle Lee, New York and Ray Corona of California. On Saturday morning the convention closed with a final meeting discussing a possible host for next year’s convention. The most popular appeared to be Hawaii, China and Las Vegas.