IBF Convention Preview
By Raymundo Dioses
The 35th International Boxing Federation convention takes
place from May 28 through June 1 in St. Vincent, Italy in an
event that will provide informational seminars for referees,
judges and medical personnel as well as present awards for
2017’s Fight of the Year, both male and female Fighter of
the Year, Most Active Promoter and Championship Rings for
IBF titlists who made three or more successful defenses.
The Saint Vincent Resort and Casino will be the location
where IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby will receive the
prestigious Jersey Joe Walcott Award for male Fighter of the
Year and female Fighter of the Year honors will go to Debora
Dionicius of Argentina, who has held her IBF bantamweight
title since 2012.
Fight of the Year will be awarded to the IBF heavyweight
title bout between Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko.
Championship Ring recipients include Anthony Joshua, Gennady
Golovkin, Jerwin Ancajas, Jennifer Han, Lee Selby and Maiva
Awards will also be given to the IBF’s USBA,
Intercontinental, Pan Pacific/Australasian, Asia and
Continental Africa divisions for their Fights of the Year
and Most Active Promoter.
Also planned are welcoming ceremonies, a special ‘Meet The
Champs’ event as well as the culmination of festivities with
the Awards Dinner where the fighters are set to receive
“The IBF is proud of its champions and we are honored to
celebrate their remarkable careers and achievements during
our Annual Awards Banquet this year in Saint Vincent,” noted
IBF President Daryl Peoples.
“These men and women work hard striving for their success
and these distinctions are well deserved.”