Report and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
The 30th annual IBF convention opened today in Berlin, Germany at the Hotel Concorde. While delegates began arriving over the weekend, to enjoy some extra time in this historic city, others began arriving in throngs this Tuesday morning, several having had college graduations to attend back in the USA. While convention registration began, the IBF board of directors held a closed session meeting, discussing the past year’s sanctioned fights, the governing body’s rules and regulations updates, reports from board members and other proprietary matters.
Tonight at the hotel’s “Le Faubourg Lounge,” the welcoming cocktail party was held. The fête was well attended by IBF board members, ring officials, promoters, matchmakers, managers, media and assorted delegates including hard core boxing fans who made the trek to Berlin for a boxing holiday. The lone boxer of note in attendance was former European Jr. Welter champion and four time title challenger Oktay Urkal, who also snagged a silver medal at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta.
A three hour city tour is slated for Wednesday morning, taking in many of the city’s most famous, and even infamous sights. The evening highlights will include a “Meet the Champions” cocktail gathering which will feature many current and former world champions.