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IBF/USBA Convention Update!

Photo: Vaughan LaPrade
Photo: Vaughan LaPrade

IBF/USBA conventioneers were treated to a spectacular evening on Wednesday. Although IBF staff and executives kept quiet about what prominent boxers would attend the evening, rumors circulated about the possible attendance of some of Latin America’s most renowned fighters. The evening started with an enthusiastic welcome to the guests by Larry Hazzard, Sr., who joined the IBF almost a year ago as Chairman of Officials Supervision, Training & Development and Personal Assistant to the President. Following Mr. Hazzard’s opening was Marian Muhammad, the organization’s President who also welcomed the audience and noted the purpose of the evening expressing, “We are here this evening to acknowledge fighters who have given us thrills and chills in the ring.” Shortly thereafter, and to a roar from the crowd, strolled in ring legend Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Duran followed by the great Alexis Arguello. Both men graciously accepted the warm welcome from the crowd. Other notable boxers in attendance were former world champions Peppermint Frazier and Hilario Zapata, current IBF/WBA Jr. Featherweight Champion Celestino Caballero, former IBF Junior Featherweight Champion Jose Sanabria, former IBF Junior Bantamweight Champion Felix Machado and 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist and two-time world champion Mark Breland. Some of the organization’s annual awards were presented on this evening as well. In attendance to accept his award for Most Active USBA promoter of 2008 was Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing. More to come…

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