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Presidents Column  |  October 2012

Posted on October 30 2012                                              Bookmark and Share
By WBF President Howard Goldberg  



The last few months have been extremely rewarding as we continue our quest to improve, to acquire world class champions, and to open new doors to enable deserving fighters the opportunity to fight for legitimate titles.

A quick look at our champions both men and women, and we have unquestionably a group of top world class fighters. Mexico has been a breath of fresh air and our relationship with them has been cemented by the hard work done by our representative in that area, Sergio Sotelo. Names such as Juan 'Goofy' Montes, Marco Antonio Rubio who hold our belts, and with legend Humberto Soto fighting for our title the term world class certain is applicable to that area.

I visited Ghana and Colombia in the past month or so and was impressed by the passion and commitment of the boxing fraternity in both countries. Ghana is blessed with so much untapped talent just waiting to explode on the world circuit and I believe a strong relationship with Ghana in affording these fighters bigger and better opportunities is about to open up.

My Colombian visit was certainly an adventure and I left feeling almost like a brother to the promoter and his team, such was the outstanding hospitality shown to me. Super Middleweight Alexander Brand now 19-1 with 15 kos, outclassed and outthought former world champion William Gare winning every round. A humble man is Brand and a pretty good fighter, and it is not impossible to see Brand seeking out Rubio early in the next year.

I am extremely proud to preside over an organization that is going places, an organization with integrity and principles and an organization that stands by what is right. An organization with outstanding administrators and an organization with the highest standards. 2012 has been a wonderful year thus far, but we are only beginning. God bless you all!

Until next time, keep boxing.

Howard Goldberg

PRESIDENT: World Boxing Federation


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