(SEPT 6) The second day of the
World Boxing Federation (WBF) Convention began early with a trip
to the world famous Karlsberg Brewery in Homburg, which hosted
the day’s proceedings. At first, Ingo Barrabas, a renowned
referee and judge as well as a member of the WBF Championship
Committee, held the ring officials seminar, which dealt with the
preparation officials are expected to undergo and their conduct
requested prior to a championship fight. Barrabas also addressed
the pressure exerted upon boxing officials and gave valuable
tips on how to deal with it.
After a short break, WBF Medical
Advisor Dr. Adam Balogh took over with his medical seminar. The
topic was the pre-fight medical examination, something that is
often looked at as a disturbance by boxers, trainers and
managers alike. However, Dr. Balogh explained its full impact,
informed how one can prepare for it so that the exam does not
appear disturbing and which documents are required in great
Upon hosting all delegates for a fantastic lunch, the Karlsberg
Brewery offered a guided tour – including the odd free beer or
two – before everyone returned to Viktor’s Residenz-Hotel
Rodenhof for a well-deserved break.
At 17:00 sharp, everybody was in attendance for the official
weigh-in at Schröder’s Restaurant in Saarbruecken for tomorrow’s
huge WBF Championship Boxing Night. All eight fighters for the
four title bouts scaled within their respective division’s
limit, with a special focus on local hero Juergen Doberstein’s
WBF Intercontinental super middleweight title defence against
ex-WBF world champion William Gare (South Africa). Easily
Doberstein’s biggest test so far.
Two female world title fights see Raja Amasheh (Germany) and Eva
Voraberger (Austria) clashing for the WBF super flyweight crown
in a real cracker of a fight, and Rola El Halabi (Germany)
making a quick defence of her WBF light welterweight title she
won barely a month ago against Sopio Putkaradze (Georgia).
Finally, Bernard Donfack and Said Mbelwa meet for the WBF
International light heavyweight belt.
Then WBF Vice President Jean Marcel Nartz conducted the public
rules meeting, to which interested media were warmly invited.
After the dinner at Schröder’s Restaurant, the convention group
finally returned to the hotel and many delegates used the
opportunity to crowd the hotel bar and the lobby for refreshing
old friendships and forging new ones.