January 9, 2014 – Mexico City.
From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán:
The following is one of the weekly “Hook to the Liver” columns that have been published in El Universal every Sunday for the last five years and written by WBC President Jose Sulaiman.
This column was written by his children – Pepe, Lucy, Hector, Fernando, Mauricio, and Claudia – while he recovers from surgery. From January 5, translated from Spanish:
HOOK TO THE LIVER
WBC Plan of Action for 2014
The World Boxing Council has big plans, bigger projects and ambitious goals for 2014. This “Hook to the Liver” is a summary of the top priorities that the WBC is developing, facilitated via the tremendous dedication of so many people around the world.
China is a prime target, with the WBC building on the foundations of its innovative success, in opening up the country to professional boxing. Since the WBC’s 2005 Convention in Chengdu, China’s first world champion, Xiong Zhao Zhong, has been crowned WBC strawweight king.
This February a special Summit in Shanghai will include boxing and medical seminars, while officers and the creation of a boxing body will occur in order to regulate boxing in this great and giant Asian nation.
Another major challenge will be to continue gaining resources for the Champions Benevolant Fund, which was established to give props to past glorious fighters, who are currently suffering in solitude and from total abandonment.
Jean C. Biver, CEO of Hublot, joined Jose Sulaiman and managed to collect a million dollars for this fund, so today many champions around the world, are already receiving support.
This year we plan to raise a dollar on each ticket in WBC fights and so fans and promoters will help form part of this shoulder-to-shoulder magnificent lineup of champions.
On the other hand, amateur boxing and AIBA monopolistic practices have put various regions of the world into problems which must be addressed. The WBC is supporting various programs of amateur boxing in many countries and providing continuity because without amateur boxing, the sport will surely die!
Another key priority will be mediation between the various groups currently working in isolation, and for the sake of sport, to help create great fights that should, can, and must work, so the world will see and marvel.
The most important factor is to continue working to find medical and administrative procedures to prevent accidents and tragedies in the ring. Fighting the good fight should be done with the joint support of the national federations, each city commission, promoters, managers and matchmakers, to safeguard the integrity of our heroes – the boxers .
Thank you very much, until next week