The World Boxing Organization appointed Marion Palatin as Vice President of WBO Europe yesterday. She will succeed former champion Istvan ‘Koko’ Kovacs, who held the position since 2004. Palatin will complete Kovacs’ term, which will be up for re-election in the next WBO Executive Committee general elections, slated for this year’s convention.
Member of the Austrian Boxing Commission and an experienced boxing commissioner and supervisor, Palatin currently is WBO Europe Female Boxing Coordinator.
“Marion is a first-rate boxing professional with the Austrian Boxing Commission. She speaks German and English fluently, has great relations with boxing figures across Europe and around the globe, and is ideally suited for her new position”, said WBO President Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel, Esq. about Palatin.
A two-time Olympian (bronze in Barcelona 92, gold in Atlanta 96) and WBO 126 lbs. World Champion in 2001, Kovacs was an important part of the WBO for the last 20 years and a great ambassador for the sport. Earlier this month he was elected as the Secretary General of the AIBA (Association Internationale de Boxe Amateure / International Amateur Boxing Association) and will be working hard with the amateur ranks for the foreseeable future.
Kovacs’’ last official assignment as a WBO Executive Committee member will be supervising WBO 130 lbs. World Champion Jamel Herring’s defense against former world titlist Carl Frampton this Saturday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
“Koko is my close, personal friend and was instrumental in the growth of the WBO in Europe. I am sure that he will have much success in his new venture with the AIBA,” added Valcárcel.
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