IBF 39th Annual Meet The Champions Event

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Report/Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

For starters, this was not a typical IBF Meet the Champions cocktail event. The champions in attendance were not just IBF champions, nor were they just from Puerto Rico, this event was a full-blown banquet! Several hundred guests were in attendance.

Puerto Rico’s own WBO President Francisco Paco Valcarcel was on hand.

The champions in attendance included:
Ginjiro Shigeoka, Tomoki Kameda, Antoine Vanackere, Chantelle Cameron, Amanda Serrano, Miyo Yoshida, Michael Nunn, Juan LaPorte, Alberto Machado, Daniel Santos, Felix Trinidad, Rafael Del Valle, Wilfredo Mendez, Alfredo Escalera, Ivan Calderon, and Shane Mosley.

Dmitriy Salita was honored as USBA Promoter of the Year and he also accepted the plaque for USBA Fight of the Year- the USBA light heavyweight title fight between Ali Ismailov and Charles Foster, which was a Salita promotion.

Amanda Serrano accepted her ring for three defenses of her Featherweight title as well as the award for Female Fighter of the Year.

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  • TITO TRINIDAD IN THE HOUSE!! Greatest Puerto Rican Bóxer of all time!!

  • The fighters you (IBF) stole from with your bogus title. One world but 4/5 world title belts due to these thieves.

      • My first sentence refers to the picture featuring IBF former/current champions. The second refers to the farce that is boxing where 4 or 5 fighters in the same weight division can claim to be the world champion i.e. there one world but 4 or 5 world champions. This dilutes the meaning of ‘world champion’ and leads to endless sanctioning body machinations.

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