By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Bob Newman
Day two of the 48th NABF convention in Washington, D.C. Was quick and to the point this morning.
There were two simultaneous functions: the referee seminar headed up by long time Nevada ref Jay Nady, while the general session in the adjoining meeting room heard several committee reports.
Nady reviewed several scenarios with his referees and ring officials, going over existing rules and discussing a new rule governing four round fights. Normally, four rounds has been the minimum amount of rounds required to be completed in order to have a decision in instances where fights have to be stopped for unintentional fouls. Any less rounds in such fights yielded a “No Decision.” But for fights only scheduled to go four rounds, if such an ending occurs after three completed rounds, a decision can be rendered by going to the score cards. The ABC referee exam was then administered to the assembled refs.
As far as the various committee reports went:
Ratings- NABF VP Craig Hubble talked about expanding the ratings committee beyond NABF members, including media representatives. The ratings will continue to be posted monthly in Excel format on the NABF website.
USNBC- Lee Peters informed that there have been twelve USNBC title fights put on by eight promoters. There are currently nine champs holding USNBC belts, with six overdue for defenses.
WBC Officials Committee- Barry Lindenman pinch hit the report for the member tasked to deliver it, but who was not on hand at the moment. Lindenman explained the meetings being held since this past Monday here in D.C. have been focused from the get go on improving officiating through brainstorming sessions and have been open to any ideas. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has requested that the ring officials guidelines be rewritten.
Female Division- Paula McClellan announced the first show by Christy Martin’s “Pink Promotions” will be an NABF female bantam title fight set for October 19th in Charlotte, NC.
Craig Hubble also listed the NABF 118, 122 and 168 lb. titles as currently vacant. Actually, the NABF 154 lb. title will become vacant tonight as champion Ramon Alvarez takes on Antonio Margarito. The NABF would not sanction the bout over concerns for Margarito’s surgically repaired left eye.
President Duane Ford took suggestions for the site of next year’s convention. Everything from Hawaii, to Montreal, various sites in Mexico and Texas were all mentioned. A decision will be forthcoming in the next 45 days.
Tonight is the final cocktail hour, humorously listed as “Personality Improvement” on the convention agenda, at 6 p.m. The evening is free with the judges seminar tomorrow at 9 a.m., followed by a major league baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves.