WBC News: Usyk vs Briedis; Olympic Boxing; More

WBC News: Usyk vs Briedis; Olympic Boxing; More

By Mauricio Sulaiman – I am in Riga, Latvia, and still feel the great joy of Saturday night’s event at Riga Arena, where Alexandr Usyk dethroned local hero Mairis Briedis. It is, without a doubt, the best cruiserweight championship fight in the division’s history. The fight card was organized by the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) with extraordinary production, making this “an event.” The world-class arena was packed and the atmosphere was electric throughout the 12 rounds.

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World Boxing Council – 2017 Boxing Awards

World Boxing Council - 2017 Boxing Awards

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman, said the choices were not easy for discerning fans, due to the sheer quality of impressive knockouts, shining prospects, unexpected returns, and many brilliantly thrilling fights, which crystallized as catalysts for an exceptional 2017.

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Sulaiman: GGG has won the hearts of Mexico

Sulaiman: GGG has won the hearts of Mexico

Boxing’s No. 1 superhero and undefeated WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO middleweight world champion GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN is back home in the Los Angeles area after his well-received visit to the Mexico, the motherland of his boxing style,. Joined by his trainer Abel Sanchez and promoter Tom Loeffler, Golovkin traveled to Mexico City this week to meet with his fans and thank them for the support they have given him throughout his career and especially in the lead up and aftermath of his September 16 title defense against Canelo Alvarez. Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs), boxing’s longest-reigning active world champion, has successfully defended the middleweight title 19 times — one short of the record — since 2010.

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WBC’s final ruling on Alexander Povetkin

WBC's final ruling on Alexander Povetkin

The WBC’s March 2, 2017 ruling (the “Ruling”): (1) suspended Mr. Alexander Povetkin from participating in any WBC-sanctioned bouts indefinitely; (2) imposed a $250,000 USD fine; and (3) designed a testing protocol for Mr. Povetkin to commence as soon as feasible after the Ruling, which would continue for one year thereafter.

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Sulaiman: “Gennady Golovkin – Champion Of Champions!”

Sulaiman: "Gennady Golovkin - Champion Of Champions!"

By Mauricio Sulaiman – It would be impossible not to dedicate this week’s column to Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Saturday night in Las Vegas at the T Mobile Arena, Golovkin finally received the world recognition as the best fighter in the middleweight division and one of the best in the world. Canelo Alvarez fought GGG in a very entertaining fight that had the sold-out arena chanting throughout, hoping that Alvarez would bring back those glory days of Mexican warriors like Salvador Sanchez, Julio Cesar Chavez, Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, and Juan Manuel Marquez and win the fight of his life precisely on Mexican Independence Day. It didn’t happen.

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WBC – The 12th Round: Floyd Mayweather

WBC - The 12th Round: Floyd Mayweather

By Mauricio Sulaiman – WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

FLOYD MAYWEATHER – There could be no other topic for my column of today other than Floyd Mayweather.

Before I start, I would like to invite all of you to reach out and help the victims of Harvey in Texas. There are many ways of doing so, the WBC is doing activations to raise funds and direct such to the proper entities handling this crisis. But there are many ways you can help, even with just making a phone call.

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World Boxing Council News May

World Boxing Council News May

The WBC is suspending indefinitely Mr. Leon Dawson from participating in any WBC sanctioned fight in any form or manner.

The actions which have been seen all over the world, in which Mr. Dawson attacks and punches with bare fists fighter Jose Uzcategui have created regrettable damages to our sport.

The WBC rejects any form of foul play, aggression and behavior. We will seek a meeting with Mr. Dawson to offer several forms of help to address this grave situation.

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