Sadly, we share the news that Eddie Cotton, IBF Board Member and former professional boxing referee, passed away this morning April 17, 2020. According to his wife Ruby, Eddie was hospitalized 2 weeks ago with pneumonia. He was diagnosed with COVID-19 at the hospital.
In an effort to help our neighbors in need during these unprecedented times, the IBF has chosen to raise awareness and funds for The Community Food Bank of New Jersey. The Food Bank is a primary disaster relief responder in the State of New Jersey, and they are in the midst of a major relief effort to address the COVID-19 crisis. They are experiencing at least a 35 percent increase in need throughout the state as of today -- and this number will likely increase, with low-income households being hit the hardest. The staggering economic impact of the pandemic will likely cause a dramatic increase in the need for food in the days, weeks, and months ahead.
As we navigate through these challenging times brought on by the novel coronavirus globally, be assured that the health and well-being of all the members of the boxing community are our priorities. We have been closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19. At this time, we have decided to reschedule our 37th Annual Convention to May 4 – 8, 2021 at The Westin in Long Beach, California. We know that many made all the necessary arrangements to attend the convention and were looking forward to it, as we were. Unfortunately, with the rapid spread of the pandemic globally we felt the best decision was to reschedule. We hope that our members and friends in the boxing community can join us next year.
Two International Boxing Federation titles changed hands on January 30, 2020 when Murodjon Akhmadaliev bested super bantamweight champion Daniel Roman and Joseph Diaz dethroned lightweight title holder Tevin Farmer in Miami, Florida on Super Bowl LIV weekend.
Naoya Inoue’s third fight in the World Boxing Super Series’ bantamweight tournament wasn’t nearly as easy as his first two quick knockouts in it. Powerful veteran Nonito Donaire rocked Inoue with a right hand in the ninth round, bloodied the unbeaten Japanese star and made him work harder to win Thursday night than he had done in any of his first 18 professional fights. Inoue landed his fair share of damaging punches on the ever-dangerous Donaire, too, dropped Donaire with a body shot in the 11th round and won a unanimous decision in their 12-round WBSS 118-pound final at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
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