USA Boxing has appointed a new 10-man board of directors, which will continue to be led by president Charles Butler, in a move that it hopes will further improve relations with AIBA, the international boxing association for the amateur and Olympic sports.
The board comprises four independent directors, a general membership director as well as an affiliated organisation director, Local Boxing Committee director, two athlete representatives and an AIBA representative.
Butler, who replaced Harold Adonis as USA Boxing president 12 months ago, said: "USA Boxing currently sits at a critical juncture and a clear vision is needed to turn this sport around. I believe that the talented and diverse group of individuals selected to sit on USA Boxing's board of directors possess the experience needed to accomplish this important mission.
"If this board and membership work closely together we will restore the golden age of boxing in this country".
In March, AIBA president Ching-Kuo Wu welcomed a new era for boxing in USA, after approving all of the recommendations proposed by the USA Boxing Reform Committee, which was established following a period of turmoil within USA Boxing.
Last October, AIBA imposed a three-month suspension on the US body and a two-year suspension on former president Adonis.
Key recommendations were: adoption of new bylaws to improve the governance structure of USA Boxing, including formation of a new 10 person board of directors; reform of the rules of USA Boxing to bring them into line with AIBA; a focus on increasing the number and competence of boxing coaches in the USA; development of new revenue streams with a focus on sponsorship and marketing; and increased emphasis on women's boxing.
Wu said at the time that once implemented the reforms would "enable USA Boxing to elevate boxing to a top position within US sports."
The three-month suspension on USA Boxing was imposed in retaliation for incendiary comments made by Adonis in an interview in the New Yorker magazine that many boxers had been the victim of childhood abuse. The ban was actually lifted within a week after an appeal by Butler not to punish boxers for the misdeeds of its former leadership.
AIBA was reported to have been infuriated after Adonis was removed from the presidency, but retained as a board member by USA Boxing after the comments became public.
The four new independent directors at USA Boxing are: Bill Polian, former president of NFL American football's Indianapolis Colts, who has worked in every area of NFL operations; music industry veteran DJ Walton; former Naval officer Dick Hoffman; and Richard Halpert, an attorney.
Butler will remain on USA Boxing's board as the AIBA representative. He sits on the AIBA executive committee and is also chairman of the AIBA Medical Commission.