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USA Boxing Director Dismissed

February 20, 1996

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ Citing unspecified financial questions, U.S. Amateur Boxing Inc., said Tuesday that it would not renew the contract of Bruce Mathis as executive director.

The decision was made at organization meetings held in conjunction with the U.S. Boxing Championships last week in Colorado Springs.

``It was a very difficult decision USA Boxing’s board of directors made in not renewing the contract of Bruce Mathis,″ USA Boxing president Jerry R. Dusenberry of Portland, Ore., said in a statement. ``The leadership of this organization will do what it takes to regroup, get back on track and move toward the centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta and beyond.″

The board of directors’ decision was based on questions regarding financial issues and concerns, the federation said. There was no elaboration.

Mathis, 48, of Colorado Springs, served as executive director since January 1994. He was responsible for carrying out the directives of the board of directors, supervising the national headquarters staff, communicating with the leadership and member nations of the International Amateur Boxing Association and overseeing and developing the organization’s sponsorship, financial and competitive components.

David Lubs of Colorado Springs, currently USA Boxing’s director of support services, will direct the headquarters staff in conjunction with the board of directors. Lubs, 51, has been a member of the USA Boxing headquarters staff since July 1994 when he was named to his post.

Mathis was only the second executive director of the national governing body since USA Boxing, formerly the United States of America Amateur Boxing Federation, was established in 1978.

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