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Presidents Column  |  January 2011

Posted on January 3 2011                                              Bookmark and Share
By WBF President Howard Goldberg  



Firstly as we begin a new year, let me wish each and every one of you a good, happy and successful 2011.

After a highly successful first year back as the World Boxing Federation, I thought very hard a few days ago as to what our expectations and objectives would be for 2011. The answers were in fact quite simple and were as follows. We aim to continue being an honest, open, transparent and professional organization who believe in affording opportunities to world class boxers, up and coming boxers, trainers, promoters and officials. We aim to build and foster strong relationships with our stakeholders and we aim to instill trust and respect in the boxing game - something sadly missing in world boxing today.

We aim to develop countries with their boxing and to assist them wherever and whenever possible and above all we aim to deliver the highest standards possible.

So what lies in store for the World Boxing Federation in 2011? We are already discussing and negotiating fights in USA, Brazil, Mexico, Cameroon, Botswana, Morocco, South Africa, France, Ireland, Denmark, Australia to mention but a few. 

Evander 'The Real Deal' Holyfield kicks off the year and will be defending his world title against Sherman 'The Tank' Williams in January in West Virginia with a further fight scheduled for the first quarter of the year.  Brazil will be hosting the WBF International Heavyweight title fight with Raphael Zumbano and Francois Botha in April with two women’s world titles scheduled for the same show. South Africans William Gare and Lubabalo Msuthu are scheduled to defend in March, while up and coming superstar Matima Molefi will have a crack at the vacant featherweight title at the end of March. 

Our Mexican superstar Manuel Jimenez has a defense lined up for late February and we look forward to some potentially exciting news from Mexico within the next few weeks. Don't forget our deadly duo from Poland, Pawel Kolodziej and Dawid Kostecki and we hope that their defenses are also concluded in the next few weeks. Kgotla Baeti from Botswana also gets an opportunity to fight for our lightweight title in March in what would be an historic event for that country.

Let us also not forget the equally important sector of women’s boxing where our champions are clearly among the best in the world. These ladies of ours, who hold our world title belts with such pride, are remarkable ladies and we are indeed extremely proud not only of their achievements in the ring, but for the class they all show outside the ring.  I am extremely excited by their feats and will definitely do some travels to watch them in action this year.

It is our aim to fill our titles with outstanding fighters, fighters who show class in and out of the ring. Fighters to whom young children will aspire and fighters who can make a difference in the lives of these children growing up - simply by being role models to all.

Let's get ready to rumble in 2011!

Until next time, keep boxing.

Howard Goldberg

PRESIDENT: World Boxing Federation


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