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IBF/USBA Convention Update

Photos by Jeanette Salazar

Friday, June 4, 2010 was a full day for IBF/USBA convention attendees. The day began early and was dedicated to the judges, referees and medical seminars which are an important and integral portion of the convention. This year, as always, these seminars were well attended and stimulated interesting and enlightening dialogue among peers.

The judges’ seminar was conducted by well known judges Steve Weisfeld, Eugene Grant and Glen Hamada. Among the many topics of discussion were moral character and the appearance of impropriety, focus and confidence and unusual scoring occurrences. A different element was addressed this year by Eugene Grant’s presentation which focused on the health and well-being of the judge and how it can impact a fight.

Following the judges’ seminar were the referees’ and medical seminars, which this year were partially integrated affording the opportunity for the attendees to also differ to a medical opinion with regard to a refereeing situation. The medical portion of the seminar was conducted by renowned Neurologist, Dr. Barry Jordan and was centered on brain injury and how to recognize the signs of serious brain injury. The referees’ portion was conducted by prominent referees Wayne Hedgpeth, Jack Reiss and Wayne Kelly. Although each referee’s presentation dealt with different aspects of refereeing, each one emphasized the importance of being prepared, focused and most importantly, trusting and using their best judgment.

The day concluded with the organization’s annual banquet which was a terrific ending for a busy day. Several awards were given out on this evening, including the organization’s most prestigious honor, the Jersey Joe Walcott award, which was bestowed upon Wladimir Klitschko and received by Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions.

The IBF/USBA Annual convention concludes on Saturday, June 05, 2010.

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