Hart Successfully Defends USBA Title


By: Raymundo Dioses

Rising super middleweight Jessie Hart successfully defended the USBA title in emphatic fashion on November 4, 2016 with a with a third round knockout over Andrew Hernandez at the Treasure Island Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Philadelphia’s Hart, (21-0, 17KO) scored a knockdown via left hook in the first frame and eventually overwhelmed Hernandez in the third, prompting referee Robert Byrd to call a halt to the bout at the 1:59 mark. 

Hart has held the USBA title since winning it on May 2, 2015 on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather undercard, a TKO over Mike Jimenez, and with the win over Hernandez, has successfully defended the title three times.

Convention 2017 Update/Reservations Information



To learn more about the destination go to:

Room rates Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront :

$139/Single/Double Occupancy (Call Hotel directly for this option:727-894-5000 EXT 7098/ Group IBF)

$149/Single Occupancy with Buffet Breakfast included

$159/Double Occupancy with Buffet Breakfast included

*An additional $20 will be added per person for Triple and Quad occupancy and will include breakfast.

Additionally the group room rate also includes wifi, complimentary use of the fitness center and pool, and will also be offered three days before and after the convention based on availability. These discounted room rates do not include taxes. Daily parking is discounted to $12 for our group.

Hotel Reservations

You can make your hotel reservation online at:

You can also call: 800-445-8667 and reference the group codeIBF.  Reservations for the discounted room rate can be made until April 21, 2017.  The cancellation policy is 72 hours prior to arrival.


Tampa International Airport- TPA (offers more flight options and airlines)

St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport- PIE

Shuttle/Car Service

SuperShuttle/Execucar offer service from both airports.

Between Tampa International Airport and the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront

One way shuttle service - $23.00          Round trip shuttle service - $39.00 

One way sedan (3 people) - $50.00       One way SUV (6 people) - $60.00 

One way 8 passenger van -  $95.00

Between St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport and the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront

One way Business Class Service $35     One way sedan (3 people) - $60.00 

One way SUV (6 people) - $70.00        One way 8 passenger van -  $95.00

You can use the following link to make your reservation and learn more about the transportation services offered, Or go to and use code SM4WS. You can also call 727-572-1111 and mention the group code above.

Convention 2017 Announcement

Dear Members and Friends:

On behalf of our organization I am delighted to announce that our 34th Annual Convention will take place in St. Petersburg, Florida at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront from May 21 – 25, 2017.  We are optimistic that our convention in St. Petersburg will be as successful as those of the past few years.  As always, our goal is to plan a productive, informative and entertaining convention for all who attend.

The Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront is located in Downtown St. Petersburg which is a small, vibrant community on beautiful Tampa Bay offering something for everyone.  There are several restaurants and shops to suit any budget within walking distance of the hotel.  You can visit the Dali Museum or see amazing glasswork at the Chihuly Collection, both also within walking distance of the hotel.  The nightlife is exciting in Downtown St. Petersburg, but if you are just looking to relax some of the most beautiful beaches on Florida’s west coast are just a few minutes away.  We will also be approximately 30 minutes away from Clearwater and Tampa, both cities with many interesting things to see and do. 

The room rates at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront are as follows:

$139 - Single/Double Occupancy

$149 - Single Occupancy with Buffet Breakfast included

$159 - Double Occupancy with Buffet Breakfast included

There are two airports in the area, Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.  Tampa International Airport is approximately 30 minutes away from downtown St. Petersburg but offers many more flight options and airlines.  We have also obtained a discount for airport transfers with Super Shuttle/Execucar from both airports.   

We are currently working on obtaining air travel discounts through Star Alliance.  We will send this along with any additional information that will assist in your planning in the coming weeks.

I thank you again for your continued support and look forward to seeing you in St. Petersburg in 2017.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Daryl J. Peoples          


Kovalev Camp Notes


Camp Notes From Trainer John David Jackson on IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey Kovalev

By: Raymundo Dioses

In defense of his IBF light heavyweight title, Sergey Kovalev is currently conducting his training in the high altitude setting of Big Bear, California under the guidance of trainer John David Jackson.  Kovalev is set to face challenger Andre Ward on November 19, 2016 in an HBO Pay-Per-View event live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

“Things are going real well, Sergey is on schedule,” said trainer Jackson to of his pugilistic prizefighter.  “We’re doing a lot of conditioning right now and just going over strategy watching Ward fights, picking him apart and seeing what he does best. He is a very intelligent fighter, I did not realize how intelligent was until I watched him and studied him.  He’s a good fighter.”

Kovalev is coming off a decision win against Isaac Chilemba in July 2016.  Chilemba was just the second Kovalev opponent to go the 12 round distance in a fight that took place in the Russian’s hometown of Ekaterinburg. 

“For this fight I do, after the last fight I told him I needed him more focused and listen to his team more… So for this right here he’s giving me his all and he’s giving me a chance to really mold him and make him the complete fighter he needs to be for this fight.”

Plans are for Kovalev to soon move training camp to Oxnard, California. 

“We’ve been here for three weeks, we’re here two weeks more.  That’s five weeks total and then we go down to Oxnard for the final four weeks,”

Kovalev Ward Showdown - 11/19, Las Vegas


By: Raymundo Dioses

IBF Light Heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev is all set to defend his title against Andre Ward on November 19, 2016 in what is being anticipated as the biggest fight of the year when the two clash at the newly constructed T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The HBO pay-per-view televised event will represent the Russian native’s fifth IBF title defense since winning the strap in November 2014 when he dethroned light-heavyweight icon and future Hall of Fame inductee Bernard Hopkins. 

Kovalev, (30-0-1, 26KO) began his career in 2009 and has quickly become one of the most popular IBF champions in recent times due to his punching power and exciting fighting style.  Kovalev, a Los Angeles resident, was present at this month’s Roman Gonzalez/Carlos Cuadras bout at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California and when shown on HBO cameras, the crowd roared in applause. 

“It’s a big moment in my career.  I want to thank all of the people who are involved with this fight, my promoter Kathy Duva, Roc Nation and HBO Pay-Per-View.  Thank you to all of my fans.  It will be a fight to remember; one for the history books.  I just want to give the fans a really great fight in Vegas and on HBO Pay-Per-View.”

For Ward, (30-0, 15KO) the fight against Kovalev will be the career super middleweight’s first attempt at an IBF title in a career littered with championships since his professional debut in 2004.  The fight against Kovalev will also represent Ward’s second professional bout at the light heavyweight division. 

“I want to thank everyone who is associated with this event—the good, the bad, the press, all of it.  Obviously HBO, Peter Nelson, Roc Nation, Main Events, everyone who’s associated with it.  It’s hard to thank everybody.  It’s a lot of people that you guys know of that worked on this fight to get it done.  There’s a lot of different nuances that go into getting a fight like this done, but it’s done.  That’s what we should all focus on.”

Kovalev vs. Ward will represent the 69th IBF light heavyweight title fight.


Sergey Kovalev 2014- Present

Bernard Hopkins 2013-2014

Tavoris Cloud 2009-2013

Chad Dawson 2008-2009

Antonio Tarver 2008

Clinton Woods 2005-2008

Glen Johnson 2004-2005

Antonio Tarver 2003-2004

Roy Jones Jr. 2000-2003

*The First International Boxing Federation Light Heavyweight Champion was Michael Spinks, 1984

IBF Statement on Professional Boxers Competing in Olympics


June 20, 2016 – Springfield, NJ- Last week the IBF’s Executive Officers and Board of Directors conferred to discuss the organizations stance on AIBA’s and the IOC’s decision to allow professional boxers to compete in the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.  Preliminary discussions were held during the IBF’s annual convention this past May in Beijing, China where IBF Medical Committee member and ringside physician, Dr. Paul Wallace presented the organization with a letter sent to AIBA’s President, Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu, by Dr. Raymond Monsell, Chairman of the Association of Ringside Physicians and Dr. Larry Lovelace, President of the Association of Ringside Physicians.  In the letter the doctors address the dangers faced by an amateur boxer competing against a professional boxer.  In particular they reference skill level, the difference in scoring amateur bouts vs. professional bouts and the use of head gear.

Upon reviewing the medical opinions put forth in this letter, and conferring with other individuals and organizations involved in the sport, the IBF believes that there is an inherent risk with professionals competing against amateurs. While the IBF/USBA Rules Governing Championships Contests do not specifically address professional boxers competing against amateur boxers, the organization will apply its rules 5 and 14 in addressing any situation where an IBF Champion or fighter rated by the IBF chooses to compete as a boxer in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.   The rules are as follows:

Rule 5 of the IBF/USBA Rules Governing Championship Contest cites:

“A Champion and Challenger must at all times set high ideals and act in a sportsmanlike manner. Any action by a Champion, Challenger promoter, manager or cornerman which reflects poorly on the IBF/USBA or the sport of boxing will subject the contestant to the imposition of discipline and penalties. The provisions of Rule 14 will be applied to any such situation.”

 Rule 14 of the IBF/USBA Rules Governing Championship Contest cites:

“Should any Champion or Challenger be found in violation of any of the rules of the IBF/USBA, he may be removed from the rankings for a period of not less than one (1) year. Should any Champion, Challenger, promoter, cornerman or manager be found to have acted in an unsportsmanlike or unprofessional manner as provided in Rule 5 (IBF and USBA championship, elimination and unification bouts) by a majority vote of the Board of Directors, the Champion or the Challenger may be subject to fine, forfeiture of monies, vacation of title, lowering or removal from the ratings or any other discipline directed by the Board of Directors. Any boxer, promoter, cornerman or manager subjected to discipline under this rule has a right to appeal the finding of a violation or the imposition of discipline, or both, under Rule 12, Appeal Procedure.”

Essentially, an IBF Champion or fighter included in the IBF ratings that chooses to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio will be found in violation of rule 5.  Their participation in these games will be considered unsportsmanlike behavior due to the potential risks involved with amateur boxers competing against professional boxers.  An IBF Champion found in violation of rule 5 will have the title vacated and will be removed from the ratings for one year, and an IBF rated fighter will be removed from the ratings for one year.

“Making this decision was not difficult for us. We felt it was important for the IBF to get involved and take a stance against professional boxers competing against amateurs due to safety concerns as part of our commitment to this sport is to promote the health and well-being of the boxers,” noted IBF President Daryl Peoples.