By Johnny B’
Illinois professional boxing judge, William Lerch from Chicago Illinois, aka Bill Lerch, has organized a self administered boxing clinic for current licensed Illinois boxing officials. The clinic will be held today at the Gouin Park boxing gym, in Leyden Township near Melrose Park Illinois. The majority of Illinois current licensed Judges, referees, timekeepers, announcers along with a fight doctor are expected to attend. The object of the clinic is to give current professional officials the opportunity to discuss current rules as a group. Also, the officials will share experiences of unusual past bouts that they have officiated.
Assisting with the referees portion will be Chicago referee Pete Podgorski. The Gouin Park Leyden boxing gym is supervised by former professional boxer, attorney, John F. Nocita who is assisted at the gym by personal trainer Frankie Hawwat.
Lerch and Podgorski will start off the judges and referees discussions and give each judge and referee an opportunity to go over a particular part of officiating that they feel is important. Included will be input from timekeepers and announcers and questions regarding important medical facts about dehydration and concussions. Among those anticipated to be in attendance and participating are, Dr. Glenn Bynum, Genaro Rodriguez, John Mc Carthy, Jerry Jakubco, Jim LeBel, Mauro DiFiore, Robert Hecko and Tina Wonogas.
The group hopes to be able to arrange a Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) certification clinic in the near future. They will be working on getting the ABC to approve a seminar in the Chicagoland area, hopefully in 2013. A full report of seminar and attendees will follow.