Viloria-Romero III 'Island Assault 4; WBC News; Michael Grant wants the Klitschkos and Povetkin

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May 1, 2012 – Mexico City.

From 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 April 29, translated from Spanish:


By José Sulaimán

I read a poll report a few days ago in which boxing had taken over second place in Mexico in television ratings of sports. Boxing started in Mexico about the first years of the 20th Century. My first contact with the sport was when I was a child and lived in a small town in Tamaulipas of about 800 inhabitants, and my father was listening on a shortwave radio to a fight of Hitler's hero, Max Schmeling, against Joe Louis. I still remember the noise of the radio transmission that made it difficult to understand the Spanish of a famous Cuban announcer of the times. Joe Louis won.

During those days, newspapers came out once a week, except in few big cities in which they were daily, and in Jaumave, my home town, communications were only by telegraph. Radio dominated the world of communications for sports and entertainment, but only in big cities, while others could only be heard in big cities until the time of shortwave radio arrived.

One day, television appeared, but to be seen only in the very big cities. On Saturday evenings, the furniture companies used to leave the television on in their windows, while hundreds of people would come and surround the store to see the boxing matches. A fight was announced between Nate Brooks, the North American champion, against the greatest Mexican hero of all time, Raul "Ratón" Macías. I had two shoe factories in the province where I lived, and decided to travel to Mexico City to be able to see the fight, which broke all attendance records at the Plaza Mexico with over 55,000 people, a record that still stands. It was raining, without any concern from the fans, as they did not care so that they could see their hero. Macías came into the ring with a Charro sombrero, a Saltillo Zarape, some plastic covering over his boxing shoes, and a "fighting cock" which he left free to the public once in the ring.

Macias won a great fight, even when he could not even touch Brooks once in the first three rounds, to become a warrior in all of the rest of the fight, mainly with his hook to the liver, which made the multitude rise in emotion – and from which I took the name of my columns.

The time came when we had to see the fights by closed circuit in the movies, to start appearing rapidly in the homes by free TV, which in Mexico was started by Guillermo Azcárraga Vidaurreta, followed by his son Guillermo Azcárraga Milmo, and today by his son, Guillermo Azcárraga Jean, who were originally supported by a great president of Mexico, Miguel Alemán Valdés, who afterwards would become a great supporter of the WBC. The Azcárraga family TV corporations, now called Televisa, implemented a world record of 47 years of consecutive uninterrupted television of boxing every Saturday.

Pay per View arrived, and so did Julio César Chávez, to have 15 years of consecutive successful times. In the USA, the past were the years of ABC, CBS and NBC, that had their times of open TV of tremendous success until the time when HBO, Showtime, and ESPN came to take it over and so was the picture all over the world.

Mexico is living its golden era of boxing fans, when TV Azteca brought back the open TV. It made Televisa come back strong, and also joined by Channel 3, which totals more than 20 points of TV every Saturday. Children and young people came back to boxing when the time came when they did not have to pay to see it on TV, as boxing in Mexico belongs to the people in general, to the citizens of the country, that I believe that it is the same every where.

Boxing, however, is having difficult times because of the power of the money being the main interest of the big TV Corporations. They sign boxers to own their careers for years or a number of fights. One example is the time when Sergio Martinez had to comply with his mandatory defense, after two years of not having one, when Martínez was practically forced not to comply with the WBC rules, but instead accept the challenger that his TV imposed on him, even when he was a little known boxer from Europe.

This is the 21st Century and all matters are different, but how would many wish that boxing would be left free for boxers to comply with the institutions that opened their doors to them and through which they rose to glory and to become the top of the cream, for whom the big boys of TV are struggling, without any consideration to the organizations who work for years to bring boxers to fame.

The WBC will continue struggling for dignity, respect, safety in boxing, and opportunities for all boxers regardless of race, nationality or religion.

Many thanks to all my friends and fans for reading my thoughts.

Michael Grant looking for one more shot!

American Heavyweight Michael Grant is looking for a world title opportunity from anyone in 2012, and has the tools to get the job done. Grant (48-4-0 36KO's) is up there with the best in the United States and held the NABA, NABF, IBC and most recently knocked out former world title challenger Frans Botha in South Africa to win the WBF world title. Grant has won ten of his last eleven fights most recently had two highlight knock out wins in a row against Ty Fields (45-2-0) in Las Vegas and Frans Botha (48-5-3) in South Africa.

At the moment Michael Grant is looking to get the attention of any of the four major governing bodies, and is determined to prove he belongs and get the shot he believes he deserves.
"I have proved to the world that I am ready," said Grant. "The Klitschko brothers, Povetkin, Mitchell and Areola need a challenge and I am the guy that can give it to them. I am 6"7' and 250lbs and have enough power to knock out everybody. All I need is an opportunity. I have put in the work and performed well in the ring. Now it is my time to shine. I am the only American out there right now that matches up size and athleticism with the Klitschko brothers. They know it and I know it."

Boxing unfortunately is not all about what you do in the ring but also about the team of people that you have around you. For that reason Grant has acquired the assistance of the young Georgia Hall of Fame promoter Shea Bailey, owner of Shea Bailey Promotions Inc, on in an advisory role. "Shea and I have been friends for years and have spoken on several occasions about what it will take to get the shot that I need. He also has a working history with the K2 promotions that goes back to 2008 when Irving Garcia fought Yuriy Nuzhnenko for the WBA welterweight title. I think together with the rest of the team we can pull this off and give the U.S.A a heavyweight champion.

Grant has also added the upcoming trainer Jason Jorgensen. Jorgensen has trained the likes of former world title contenders Alex Baba, Homer Gibbins, and current WBF Americas champion Tyrese Hendrix. "Jason and I have really done well together. We mesh well and we have had two big knock out wins in a row. I like the direction that our relationship is headed in." says Grant.

Also in the fray will be Jim Thomas Grant's long time attorney and adviser. Jim has been a fixture in Grant's career over the last thirteen years.

Shea Bailey was brimming with confidence when speaking about Michael Grant and what he is looking to accomplish. "Mike deserves a shot. I don't understand how with his last performances he is not even in the conversation. He is going to surprise a whole lot of people, and has the gifts to get that elusive title shot that he deserves. Hopefully Mike can get a world title fight in 2012. He is a role model in and out of the ring and someone that all of his fans can look up to. He deserves a chance to fight the big boys and I will break my neck to make sure he gets it."

Article posted on 02.05.2012

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