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Presidents Column  | 
July 2010

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


The World Boxing Federation continues to grow at a rapid rate. Europe is an extremely active area at present and many exciting young up and coming fighters are beginning to emerge. 

Sefer Seferi is one of these such fighters. Although to be fully tested, this young polite man has done everything asked of him in thus far moving his record to 11 - 0 with ten KO's. 

Seferi emerged victorious in his fight on 26 June in Vienna Austria - an outstanding promoted show which I was delighted to attend. 

Austrian star Gogi Knezevic came unstuck against unheralded but tough-as-teak German Viktor Dick in a very exciting and entertaining fight which could have gone either way. I was very impressed with the courage and heart of Knezevic who still has a boxing future but who will need to improve his defence in order to progress.  It was a major upset, which is indicative of how unpredictable boxing really is.

I am delighted to report two major signings on to our increasing team. As I have said before, a top class organisation needs top class people - and Paul Thomas and Sergio Sotelo are two such people. I look forward to seeing both in the near future and discussing ways to keep our excellent momentum going as we continue to grow. It will be interesting to see how Paul and Sergio develop the UK and Central America respectively.

The World Cup has been a major coup for South Africa. The entire country has been swept away in exciting delirium in the greatest event in the world. Sadly though, it has resulted in South African boxing being extremely quiet over the past few months. Our champions, William Gare, Bongani Mwelase and Lububalo Msutu are itching to defend their titles and I'm sure they will be in action in the next month or two. 

Watch out for the following boxers over the next two years - Wele Yekose, a junior flyweight 10 - 0 with 9 KO's, and our All Africa featherweight champ Matima Molefe 10 - 1 with 7 KO's - who are just two of the exciting group of young fighters emerging out of East London South Africa.

We have Francois Botha aiming to resurrect his career in Las Vegas next month, Evander Holyfield defending in September, top promoter Piotr Werner staging a huge double header in two months time, two women’s world title fights in East London next month, the list is both impressive and endless.

Also a big thank you to Austrian promoter Zeljko Vojnovic who showed me such wonderful hospitality this past week in Vienna. We look forward to your next show later in the year.

Finally, I will be attending a nursery boxing show in my home town Cape Town on 1 August, where the fight-starved Capetonian fighters will get their chance to show off their skills. No sponsors, no television and free entrance - but these little shows are as important to these aspiring young fighters as are the world championships to our world champion fighters. I will surely enjoy the show as much as any other show I have been to. Who knows - perhaps the next Manny Paquaio might emerge on the night!

Until next time, keep boxing.

Howard Goldberg

PRESIDENT: World Boxing Federation


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