Photos: Carlos Baeza
The NABF convention, consisting of boxing luminaries from Mexico, the United States and Canada, is on in New Orleans. The general session was opened by the Deputy Mayor of New Orleans. Then, Robert Lenhart, in his unique style, emceed the session. Mauricio Sulaiman shared some wonderful personal stories of his time in New Orleans for the “No Mas” fight, as well as encouraging news about the state of boxing in Mexico. Ed Pearson was praised for bringing in more Canadian representatives to the NABF.
The highlight was first term President Joe Dwyer”s address. Despite the economy, the NABF had more fights this year than in NABF history, including some in Germany, France and Algiers.
Joe also led a respectful moment of recognizing the late Roy Van Putten. And, the group also sent prayers to Nick Charles for a strong recovery and Jose Sulaiman on his upcoming knee surgery.
Four NABF champions, including Irma Sanchez, Chauncy Welliver, Wilbert Uicab and Joe Hipp were on hand as well as some top NABF promoters.
The afternoon judges seminar led by Dwayne Ford was well attended (in fact, standing room only), and the ratings meeting went smoothly with Claude Jackson at the helm.
Tonight, is time to play and enjoy the music, friendship and food of this enchanting city. This is turning out to be a great convention in a wonderful setting.