The World Boxing Association (WBA) is grieving the loss of one of the most important figures in Latin American boxing and a member of the family, José Emilio Graglia.
Pepe Graglia, a sports leader who worked for boxing for more than 50 years, died this weekend in his native Cordoba, Argentina. Born on March 28th, 1937, he was Vice President of the Argentine Boxing Federation, and President of the Cordoba Boxing Federation. He always showed his intention to make this sport a better discipline from every position he held, and worked for the benefit of the boxer and boxing.
He always said he was inspired by the WBA President Emeritus and was grateful to him for allowing him to be part of the family. Needless to say, the pioneer organization will forever thank Graglia for having put all his experience and knowledge into making the organization the best in the world.
He joined the WBA Directorate in 1988 and was Regional Vice-President for Latin America for four years. From 1992 to 1997 he was a member and then president of Fedelatin until 2004. Between 2005 and 2014 he was Continental Director and later Continental Assistant Director for America.
“Pepe”, as he was known among his closest friends, accompanied the oldest organization in the world in 32 conventions, promoted several “KO Drugs” programs in Mendoza, Argentina, and founded the gym under the name of “KO Drugs” in that location.
“Pepe”, we thank you for your effort, we celebrate your triumphs and we mourn your departure. Thank you, “Pepe”, thank you for everything you gave us as an institution and for what you gave to boxing. To your family and friends, we send our heartfelt condolences for a loss as great as that of José Emilio Graglia.