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WBC News – Feb. 14, 2014

R.I.P. WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán — 1931-2014

February 14, 2014

From WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman:

Thank You, My Beloved Old Man

Destiny brought me the opportunity to be the closest son to my dad regarding boxing. Since I was a kid, he used to take me to the “Arena Coliseo,” to the bullring arenas, press conferences, and all types of events having to do with boxing. Continue reading

Flags at Half-Staff For Hall of Famer Jose Sulaiman

The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of WBC president Jose Sulaiman, who passed away yesterday at the UCLA Medical Center following complications from heart surgery. He was 82.

“Jose Sulaiman spent his life in the sport and, as president of the WBC, implemented rules to improve boxer safety,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “The Hall of Fame joins the worldwide boxing community in mourning his passing and offer our condolences to his family.”

Born May 30, 1931 in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Sulaiman boxed as an amateur as well as serving as a trainer, promoter, referee and judge. In 1975 Sulaiman was unanimously elected president of the WBC and served in that capacity until his passing. Under his leadership, the WBC instituted many new regulations regarding boxer safety and welfare including the reduction of world championship bouts from 15 rounds to 12 rounds and the introduction of the attached thumb glove.

In 2007 Sulaiman was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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José Sulaimán, After His Green And Gold Belt

This column, “Hook to the Liver,” has become the greatest passion of our dad, José Sulaimán. He has written it every single Sunday for the last five years, no matter where he might be in the world. All of you, who read it, are a very important part of his life. Continue reading

Sulaiman doesn’t want Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez immediate rematch

By Marcus Richardson: If WBC president Jose Sulaiman gets his way there won’t be an immediate rematch between former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) and newly crowned WBC champion Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO’s) in early 2013. Sulaiman says that the WBC doesn’t allow immediate rematches for one-sided fights like the September 15th fight where Chavez Jr. took a real pounding in losing by a lopsided 12 round decision to the 37-year-old Martinez.

Sulaiman said to “The WBC is not in favor of immediate rematches, unless there is overwhelming public demand due to some unusual circumstances in the first fight. The fight was one-sided…There was no unusual circumstances to necessitate an immediate rematch.”

Of course there wasn’t. It’s painfully obvious that this is just an opportunity for Chavez Jr., Martinez and Top Rank to make a lot of money in a rematch that could take place at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas. It’s not a fight that’s in high demand but rather a fight that would do well because all of Chavez Jr’s fights do well. Id venture to guess that Chavez Jr. could fight at the Cowboys Stadium against pretty much any middleweight in the division and the fight would pack in at least 40,000 fans and do well on HBO pay per view. Continue reading

Klitschko-Charr: World Boxing Council News

September 4, 2012 – Mexico City.

From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán: The following is one of the weekly “Hook to the Liver” columns by WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán that are published in El Universal every Sunday. From September 2, translated from Spanish:


By José Sulaimán: I boarded my flight from London to Moscow, bound for the great fight between heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and Manuel Charr, who was born in Lebanon – the first “countryman” of my dad to fight for a world title. This, I’m convinced, will thrill all Lebanese people within the great nation of Lebanon itself – described as the land of paradise in the Bible, as well as those whose destinies are spread far and wide, covering the four corners of the Earth. The fight will be the second WBC world championship in Russia. Champion Vitali Klitschko is already close to retirement, aged forty, but still incredibly strong and skillful.

I wish to be beside him in his last fights because of the great admiration, respect, and fond friendship I have for him. Continue reading