Photo and report by Boxing Bob Newman
Among the boxing luminaries enjoying their weekend in Cardiff, Wales at the WBC Night of Champions is former WBA heavyweight champion James “Bonecrusher” Smith. Smith has teamed up with the WBC and, along with WBC Executive Vice President Mauricio Sulaiman, gave Fightnews an exclusive on their upcoming venture. “We are starting a new event called ‘Fantasy Fight Night,’ chimed ‘Bonecrusher.’ Every other sport has a fantasy league-baseball, basketball, football, where regular people can compete against legends of their favorite sport. Boxing doesn’t have that. All of us fighters are getting old, we have creaky knees, we’re slow. We’ll be getting in the ring with fans and the money will go toward helping former fighters who have nothing left in terms of finances.”
Sulaiman continued, “This is a great idea to help former fighters who have fallen on hard times, and the sport can give back to those who have given the fans and everybody else so much. The WBC wants to get involved and help the Fantasy Fight Nights in getting the proper paperwork together for their events, and whatever else they need to get this program up and running.”
Said ‘Bone,’ “We have a former champion here right now who can’t read or write to this day. How did he event sign his contracts?”
“The first event is slated for September 11, 2010 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA. There has already been interest to have the second installment in October here in the U.K. With involvement from Jane Couch, the first ever licensed female boxer in the U.K. We’re hoping to head to Puerto Rico in November,” said Smith. More information will be forthcoming.