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June 2010

Posted on June 2 2010                                              Bookmark and Share
By WBF President Howard Goldberg  



I spent Friday night 21 May in a black township just outside Port Elizabeth in South Africa attending the first boxing show in Port Elizabeth in many years. Most of the people in this township live impoverished lives of poverty and suffering, but have always shown character and the ability to rise above their many difficulties. 

Driving back to the hotel after the show, I couldn't stop thinking about the World Boxing Federation empowering the many talented fighters not only in South Africa but in the world and giving them the chance to combat poverty and to become champions.

And that is exactly what the World Boxing Federation has been doing, is doing, and will continue to do. Of course we have our world champions who have come from affluent areas, but what about the others who come from poor backgrounds and have the chance to change their lives and the lives of others forever.

Molefe Matima is just one of those young men. Coming from a poor background, he turned to boxing in order to avoid the life of gangs and crime. Showing great promise he has progressed through the ranks, just winning the WBFed All Africa featherweight title and will be contesting a world title in August this year. This likeable and well spoken young man has also vowed to educate himself to the full and is in his final year of high school education.

The World Boxing Federation believes that their champions, be they world champions, intercontinental champions, international champions and others, have responsibilities to act and behave like champions in and out the ring. They need to be role models to the youth, they need to be respected and idolised, and above all they need to act with humility, dignity and responsibility.

I am indeed proud knowing that most of the WBFed champions firstly know that, and secondly live by those characteristics.

We will continue to grow champions, to afford opportunities to the talented and allow people to live out their dreams. Surely that is what life (and boxing) is all about. 

See you in July.

Until next time, keep boxing.

Howard Goldberg

PRESIDENT: World Boxing Federation


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