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News From The WBF Office

Posted on March 6 2012                                              Bookmark and Share
By: Clive Baum           



Eduardo Passos from Sao Paulo is the latest addition to the WBF management team, being announced by Mexican-based WBF Latin America Coordinator Sergio Sotelo as his new Regional Representative for Brazil. The 31-year-old has academical degrees in marketing, journalism and foreign affairs and is a graduate of the University of Sao Paulo.

Passos, with strong links to New Zealand where he lived for several years, was born in Sao Paolo and today owns QNQ Sports Marketing, a company that has so far been involved in over 50 international sports events over the last five years. In the field of professional boxing, besides taking part in judging and training courses, he not only covered fights as a journalist, but also assisted in the promotion of boxing events.

Also joining the WBF as a Regional Representative for Belgium and from now on working in close cooperation with the WBF Benelux Representative Tonio Tiberi is Italian-born Diego Martines. The 53-year-old Martines is living in the city of Cuesmes, close to the Belgian capital of Bruxelles, and was himself a professional fighter with a 29-bout career between 1984 and 1989.

World Boxing Federation exclusive championship belt manufacturer Johnny Masis of Union City, New Jersey last week revealed the brand new WBF title belt for the newly created Gaelic Celtic championships. The belt features the flags of the six original Celtic nations plus Galicia, a Gaelic region in the northwest of Spain.

“I think it looks magnificent, a real masterpiece,” Masis said and added “I’ve put in over 100 hours of craftmanship and am proud to be part of what I believe is one of the finest belts in contemporary boxing.”

Howard Goldberg, president of the World Boxing Federation, announced that the WBF Championship Committee has decided to recognize super middleweight Mike Tiberi, 19-1 (7), as the North American champion following his victory over Sean Rawley Wilson on February 24 at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware, USA. The bout was originally scheduled over the regional championship distance of 10 rounds, but on short notice cut down to eight rounds and thus automatically lost its title status.

However, this strict rules policy of the WBF was wrongly not put into effect on the night by the supervising WBF North America Coordinator and therefore led to discussions which were finally resolved by the WBF Championship Committee approving a solution which kept all parties satisfied and the sport unharmed. Tiberi is expected to make his first defence before the summer.

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