WBF is a credible organisation: Goldberg

23 Jun 2016 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 23 JUN (NAMPA) – World Boxing Federation (WBF) president Howard Goldberg says his organisation is a credible world boxing sanctioning body which should be respected like other sanctioning bodies.
Speaking at a media conference to promote the Bethuel Uushona versus Deniz 'El Pistolero' llbay fight in Walvis Bay on Saturday for the vacant WBF Welterweight Title, Goldberg said he read with dismay reports in a local daily which said WBF titles are not recognised, nor do they carry any value for boxers.
Without mentioning names, he said a New Era journalist had not done research before writing an article last week, criticising Salute Boxing and Uushona for contesting the vacant title. The article also quoted a local promoter as saying he will never allow his fighters to fight for a WBF title.
Goldberg sought to assure Namibia boxing fans that the WBF title is as good as any other title from any sanctioning body in the world.
“WBF is ranked number five in the world and we are currently competing for the number four spot behind the likes of the World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Council (WBC) to name a few. We have sanctioned over 3 000 fights since 1988. Former World Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield, Francois Botha and Ray Jones Junior are some of the former champions who have fought under us,” he said.
Goldberg went on to say they are the only sanctioning body that has an African as its president, adding that they want to empower African boxers and officials in the world of boxing.
“Very soon we will have a Namibian referee handling a fight in Europe. People should not undermine us, especially the media. We also want to bring boxing legends to Namibia in the near future like WBF Ambassador for the United States of America Mr Holyfield and WBF Ambassador for Africa, Mr Botha.”
He called upon the media in Namibia to avoid taking sides with promoters or fighters at the expense of the sport, noting that boxing is a business which enables those involved to take care of their families.