World Boxing Council News

October 2, 2006 - Mexico City. From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: The daily general assembly meetings at the World Boxing Council's 44th annual convention will deal, as usual, with ratings and mandatory world title defenses, as well as current controversies. But of special importance, they will also include the appointment of a world planning committee to review our goals and objectives and make any necessary changes in accordance with what we need to do to benefit the sport of boxing and boxers going into this 21st century.

Matters of benevolence and welfare will be the key of the convention, and include new plans for pensions, hospital treatment, and drug rehabilitation programs for former boxers, as well as a review of a new program in which world champions visit sick children in hospitals.

The WBC has not been, and will not be only a sanctioning body, but one in which boxing commisioners of the world devote special efforts for the welfare of the sport and its athletes.

Every day, the number of reservations for the convention is growing rapidly, with more than 400 already received and more coming in every day.

The Board of Governors and Executive Committee have been invited by the lady mayor of Dubrovnik to a brunch at a magnificant palace in that city.

All of the champions of the world living in the different countries of Europe are being invited for a special homage by the WBC to all of them during the opening ceremony and the opening banquet.

Bernard Hopkins will receive the appointment of Champion Emeritus and WBC Goodwill Ambassador to the World.

Mate Parlov, a native of Croatia , and Marvin Camel, who fought to a 15-round draw in the first cruiserweight world title fight ever held on December 8, 1979, will receive a special tribute remembering their great fight. The fight was held in the city of Split , which was in the country of Yugoslavia at the time, but today is in Croatia .

Mike Tyson has been invited so that we can extend to him a special tribute as one of the greatest heayvweight champions in history, regardless of what others might say.


October 29 – November 4, 2006

Hotel Croatia “ Debrovnik-Cavtat , Croatia


October 27 Friday:

Arrival of members of the Ratings Committee

October 28, Saturday:

All Day: Ratings Committee meeting

Arrival of members of the Female Championships Committee

October 29, Sunday:

Arrival of convention attendees

All day: Ratings Committee meeting

Female Championship meeting

Check-in at hotel and registration
Convention registration desk “ WBC “ inscription and presentation of conventions material to registered attendants
Registration fee: $120 per person - $150 per couple
20:30 Welcome cocktail to all attendants, offered by the Croatian Professional Boxing Federation


At 09:30 All seated (formal attire)

Opening of the 44th WBC Annual Convention

1. Introduction of government authorities

2. Welcoming words by the President of the Croatian Professional Boxing Federation

3. WBC History Video

4. Introduction of guests of honor, by the Secretary General.

5. Introduction of world champions residing in Europe , to whom a tribute will be extended by the Executive Secretary

6. Introduction of world champions, by the Secretary General

7. Introduction of the WBC Board of Governors, by the Executive Secretary

8. Opening words by the Mayor of Cavtat and Hospitality Award

9. Welcoming words by the Mayor of Dubrovnik , and Hospitality Award

10. Musical entrance of the flute and drummers, which will play during the flags parade

11. National Anthem of Croatia

12. Parade of flags of the nations of the Presidents of the nine affiliated continental federations, carried by hostesses dressed in the traditional dressing of every nation of the Continental Federation's presidents

Confederation “ Country - Name of representation

Croatia “ Croatia - Convention host country

Asian Boxing Council (ABCO) “ Thailand - Pol. Gen Kovid Bhakdibhumi

African Boxing Union (ABU) “ Tunisia - Houcine Houichi

Caribbean Boxing Federation (Cabofe) “ Aruba - Roy Van Putten

CIS & Slovenia Boxing Bureau (CISBB) “ Russia - Edmund Lipinski

Central American Boxing Federation (Fecarbox) “ Nicaragua - Wenceslao Mayorga

European Boxing Union (EBU) “ Spain - Ruben Martinez

North American Boxing Federation “ USA - Rex Walker

Oriental & Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) “ Australia - Frank Quill

South American Boxing Federation (Fesubox) “ Argentina - Osvaldo Bisbal

WBC Office of the President “ Mexico - Jose Sulaiman

WBC Flag “ WBC - All members

WBC World Championship Belt “ WBC - All world champions

13. Song We Are the World, the WBC adopted theme, by a children's choir

14. Introduction of His Honor (the highest government authority and official declaration of the opening of the WBC 44th Annual World Convention and presentation of award)

15. Speech by Mr. Sonstone Y. Kashiba, Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa

16. Sounding of the 10-bell count in posthumous homage to our deceased WBC members

17. Presentation of awards to other government authorities

18. Special elections

19. Report by WBC President Jose Sulaiman

20. Lifetime Achievement Award

21. Award to the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport and Tourism, as the Sport Institution of the Year in the World, represented by Mr. Alexander Bleer and Evgeny Kalmykov

22. Special award to Mate Parlov and Marvin Camel

23. Folkloric show

15-minute recess


24. Introduction of WBC Committee Chairmen and commissioners by the Secretary General

24. Self introduction by all attendees.

25. Other Honor Awards, including a Special Award of Gratitude to Mr. Harry Gorian

26. Final recommendations of ratings in writing by the promoters to the Ratings Committee

27. Announcement of workshops and confederation meetings

Close of morning session

End of opening session

Lunch: Special lunch after opening ceremony for Board of Governors members and guests, with Mayor of Dubrovnik in a castle in Dubrovnik

Afternoon: Workshops

16:00 Official opening of the Ring Officials Seminar at the main convention meetings room

Medical meeting “ Medical Safety Review - Medical World Congress II “ January 24-28, 2006, Cancun , Mexico
Ratings Committee meeting with interested promoters, managers and attendees, etc.
Legal, Rules and Regulations Committee meetings “ Review and amendment recommendations.
Financial Committee meeting “ Budget 2007
Final Female Championships meeting
WBC Muaythai

21:00: Welcome Gala Dinner offered by the Croatian organizing committee and folkloric show

Crowning of Miss WBC 2007
Video of the Night of Champions held in January of this year in Cancun , Mexico .
Presentation of awards to attending world champions.
Presentation of other Awards

October 31, Tuesday:

09:00-14:00 Opening meeting “ Roll call

Ratification of approval of the minutes of 2005 convention, previously ratified by e-mail.
Top items of agenda matters
14:00 “ 15:00 Lunch

15:00 “ 18:00 Ring Officials Seminar “ at main convention room

Meetings of:

Cabofe “ Fecarbox - Fesubox - Latin Summit and planning of Latin Confederations convention in 2007.
Evening: Free

November 1, Wednesday:

Tours scheduled for ladies and companions according to the organizing committee.

Morning Visit cemetery in honor of Independence heroes

WBC World Boxing Cares visit to handicapped children institution

09:00-14:00 Meeting “ Roll call

Ratings “ with projection on screen
Mandatory title defenses and elimination bouts
Other items of the agenda, as described in the Agenda Matters
14:00 “ 15:00 Lunch

15:00 “ 18:00 Meeting - Other items of the agenda

21:00 Dinner and show

November 2, Thursday:

09:00 “ 14:00 Meeting “ Roll call

Other items of the agenda
Afternoon: Free

21:00 WBC Closing Gala Awards Dinner, with special show, offered by the World Boxing Council

November 3, Friday:

09:00 “ 13:00 Meeting “ Roll call

Final items of the agenda

Late afternoon: Boxing and Muaythai show in Dubrovnik , where a Queen of the Ring shall be elected

Evening: Free

November 4, Saturday:

European Boxing Union Congress

Farewell of Delegates

November 5, Sunday:

Farewell of the delegates that could not leave the day before, as well as of the European delegates after their congress

Adios - Dosvidania - Sayonara “ Good Bye “ Au Revoir “ Adeus “ An Nyong Hi Ga Ship Shi Yo - Auf Wiedersehen “ Ala Maak “Adieu“ Addio “ Lebe Wohl

See you all at the 45th Annual World Convention to be held in Manila , Philippines , in 2007

Article posted on 02.10.2006

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