By Mauricio Sulaimán – Son of José Sulaimán – WBC President
What an explosive way to begin this 2021, which the World Boxing Council has designated “The Year of Boxing,” as we will celebrate life with a large number of anniversaries of historic dates derived from our sport.
The fight between “King” Ryan Garcia and Luke Campbell was amazing and this young star has reached the major leagues and is faced with a series of great fights in the lightweight division insight.
This Saturday, January 2, the first card of 2021 was held. It took place in Dallas and there was an important attendance of fans who witnessed a great fight.
Both boxers were WBC international champions and also WBC silver champions. After a long period of negotiations during the complicated era of Covid-19, the fight was settled for this date and the WBC interim lightweight championship was disputed.
The young, undefeated Mexican-American and social media sensation against the experienced, seasoned Brit Luke Campbell, who had already fought important battles against world-class boxers such as Vasiliy Lomachenko and Jorge Linares.
Garcia came from two victories in the first round, only 78 seconds of combat, and this was without a doubt a hard test that many thought he would not be able to overcome.
Campbell dished out the maximum drama by knocking Garcia down in the second round with a perfect left counter that put Ryan on the canvas. Visibly hurt, he got up with still a minute of action left. He survived and turned the fight around by knocking out Campbell with a perfect left hook to the liver in the seventh round.
There is an element that we must highlight and that is of great importance: Eddy Reynoso. Eddy took on Ryan to bring him to the level that we can see him now and the handling of the corner, especially in the crisis after the knockdown, was majestic.
Eddy Reynoso has become the best boxing trainer of today. Even though it was such a difficult year, he devoted himself mind, body and soul to his boxers and managed to crown three champions! Namely Luis “Panterita” Nery in super bantamweight, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at super middleweight and finally “King” Ryan Garcia
I talked to Eddy at the end of the year, while he was in the solitude of a boxing camp, away from his wife and daughters. Ensconced in the camp with his pupil, he was patiently waiting for the night of the fight. That is the sacrifice that nobody observes, that nobody appreciates or values.
I admire this young Mexican trainer because one day he may be in the corner of Canelo in the most important fight of the year and in the most luxurious suite in Las Vegas, and the next day we can see him in the corner of a humble 4-round debutant in a small town in Mexico. Congratulations Eddy, that is what Mexico and sports need, committed people to continue giving great moments and opportunities to those who deserve it.
On December 30, I turned 51 years old and I enjoyed that day very much in the company of my family. I grew up traumatized because that date is very complicated, as before the time of social networks, nobody remembered me. Many times, even my family didn’t congratulate me until the afternoon!
I spent all my childhood celebrating the New Year in Ciudad Valles San Luis Potosi, there we spent the holidays to be with our grandfather Don Elias. My cousin, Toño, celebrates his birthday on the 29th, so they always made a special party for him, and since they all stayed up all night and on the 30th, the family was distracted, preparing the end-of-the-year party. I spent many years with great sadness of never knowing what a birthday was.
Now it’s different with the internet, cell phones, and social media, as everyone congratulates me! I received many calls, emails, messages on WhatsApp and even on Twitter and Instagram. Now I know what our special day feels like!
WBC Champions line up. We start 2021 with great talent and many world champions at the WBC and it will undoubtedly be a great year for our sport.
Tyson Fury Vacant
Alexander Povetkin (Interim) Vacant
Ilunga Makabu N/A
Arthur Beterbiev Vacant
Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez Franchon Crews-Dezurn
Jermall Charlo Claressa Shields
Ema Kozin (interim)
Jermell Charlo Claressa Shields
Patricia Berghult (interim)
Errol Spence Jr. Jessica McCaskill
Jose Carlos Ramirez Chantelle Cameron
Teofimo Lopez (Franchise) Katie Taylor
Ryan Garcia (Interim)
Miguel Berchelt Terri Harper
Gary Russell Jr. Jelena Mrdjenovich
Amanda Serrano (Interim)
Luis Nery Yamileth Mercado
Rey Vargas (In Recess) Rachel Ball (Interim)
Nordine Oubaali Yulihan Luna
Reymart Gaballo (Interim)
Juan Francisco Estrada Lourdes Juarez
Sonia Osorio (Interim)
Julio Cesar Martinez Ibeth Zamora
Kenshiro Teraji Yesenia Gomez
Kenia Enriquez (Interim)
Panya Pradabsri Christina Rupprecht
N/A Fabyan Bytyqi