WORLD BOXING COUNCIL NEWS
July 18, 2013 – Mexico City.
From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán:
The version of the July 14 “Hook to the Liver” column, reprinted here on July 15, was incomplete. The following is the complete version. Translated from Spanish:
HOOK TO THE LIVER
By José Sulaimán
The Heart and Soul of Boxing
During these days the volcano in Mexico, Popocateptl, has been very active and on the verge of erupting.
It’s made me wonder if this is Nature’s way of protesting about how human beings have been living this 21st Century.
The wars like the ones in Middle East, and other awful things people do, is what make earthquakes, hurricanes and tornados strike with more power nowadays?
This era is getting darker, with people using drugs and killing one another.
I’ve studied astronomy for the incredible recent changes the Earth has suffered and the violence human beings use. That’s why I’ve read what physicists, astronomers and other people have to say about it, and its relation with the Universe.
All of these readings made me focus on the Apocalypse, which has many versions, including the one from the prediction of Nostradamus, also the one with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, as well as the Mayan theories and predictions.
This have brought me to the conclusion that the Apocalypses contain three main elements.
The first says that the Earth will suffer the consequences of a solar eruption and the magnetic field will not hold this.
The second says that the Earth and the entire Solar System will go into a photonic belt that will invade us and will change our atomic system.
And the third says that the human being, who’s created by atoms, will have a total change. It is said that only 15 percent of the people will resist this change to photon. The other 85 percent will have to take more time to accept this change or will die.
In the years of deep reflection about my past, my present and my future, which are the moments I live, I have confidence that I would not change a minute of my life.
And I thank God, who has brought into my life, among other things, boxing. In boxing I’ve found a way to serve others, especially the most needy.
Boxing has given a reason for my life. Boxing is full of drama and poverty. Wealth also comes briefly to the boxer, but in a short time many lose it. A sport of abuses … and from those who do not step into the ring, from the ones that live only for money that this brave sport produces.
Besides so much good and deep love for boxing throughout the world, without getting carried away, there is also ingratitude and treachery.
I wish to again get into the mindset of the boxers concerning their pride, honor, and success through sheer effort, the struggle for dignity and glory. Because in boxing, the true feeling of nobility via battle transcends all other interests. It has to be a sport of good men, from heroes of the people, who respond with pride, respect, dedication, simplicity and joy.
This brings to mind my dear friend, “Mantequilla” Napoles, in his nights of glory – which were so many – especially one in a circus tent in Paris against the great Carlos Monzon. Two greats among the greatest, and sharing the same ring.
Now – and with sadness, but with great and admirable dignity – Muhammad Ali, the greatest of all history, is living with Parkinson’s syndrome. He still and forever has the adoration and affection of the public as was so clearly and touchingly seen in Cancun during the WBC convention, when all rose and shouted in unison: “ALI ! ALI! ALI! like on his nights of supreme historic glory.
It made the Champion of Champions smile and then cry with pride and joy. Like him, there are so many fighters that were so great but now live in reduced circumstances.
In the WBC, we want to keep working for boxing, for the individuals who strive every day in the ring, for those boxing is the greatest passion and entertainment: The Boxers!
One proof of this work is the $250,000 per year that we are already giving to the needy. That amount will be higher, when our people in boxing sensitize and empathize to the deep feeling of help for those who were giants of boxing and now have nothing to eat – those who now need to live with modesty … but also with dignity!
Thank you very much, and until next Sunday.