WBC supervisor Mauricio Sulaiman made such an excellent opening speech that he emotionally moved the audience in attendance at the press conference of a forthcoming WBC world title tripleheader on Wednesday in Kobe, Japan. “Two years ago Mexico suffered a terrible influenza named H1N1, but there took place the WBC super-bantam title bout between Toshiaki Nishioka and Jhonny Gonzalez, as scheduled, which proudly showed to all over the world that Mexico was OK. We then really appreciated Nishioka’s coming to Mexico under such a condition with his manager/promoter Mr. Honda’s resolution, and now it’s time for us and for the WBC to respond to the previous gratitude by whole-heartedly supporting this event after the unfortunate and sorrowful disaster of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The WBC believes that the WBC tripleheader will successfully prove that Japan is all right. It will certainly encourage Japan and its people.”
WBC feather champ Hozumi Hasegawa (29-3, 12 KOs), a Japanese southpaw making his initial defense after moving up to the 126-pound category, gallantly said, “I hope to render mental and spiritual encouragement to our people by showing a good performance.” His official challenger Jhonny Gonzalez (47-7, 41 KOs), a soft-spoken Mexican, expressed his earnest wish to acquire the WBC belt on his third opportunity as he previously failed to win the green belt twice, losing to Israel Vazquez and Nishioka.
WBC super-bantam ruler Toshiaki Nishioka (37-4-3, 23 KOs), a Japanese veteran making his sixth defense, clearly declared he would convincingly win to retain his throne and make the audience’s heart warm without fail. Argentine challenger Mauricio Munoz (21-2, 9 KOs), nine years his junior at 25, said, “I’ll do my best and try to capture the belt from the great champ.”
WBC super-feather boss Takahiro Aoh (20-2-1, 9 KOs), another Japanese lefty who celebrated his twenty-seventh birthday today, gamely said, “I’m the first to appear out of us all, so must score a fine triumph to produce good rhythm. I’ll show my best and dedicate my fine victory to all people in predicament.” Humberto Gutierrez (28-2-1, 20 KOs), a southpaw Mexican and ex-WBC champ, also promised to display his best form to win the crown.
WBC officials are as follows:
For the Hasegawa-Gonzalez main event: referee Mike Griffin (Canada); judges Steve Morrow (US), Maximo DeLuca (US) and Dong-Ahn Park (Korea).
For the Nishioka-Munoz title go: referee Anek Hongtongkam (Thailand); judges Rey Danseco (Philippines), Morrow and Park.
For the Aoh-Gutierrez title bout: referee John Schorle (US); judges Deluca, Hongtongkam and Danseco.
The sensational tripleheader will be presented by Teiken Promotions along with Shinsei Promotions. It was moved from our capital Tokyo to Kobe just two weeks before the show, but it is said that tickets have been almost sold out in this charity event to raise relief donations.
Also, such great boxers as Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, etc. presented their autographed gloves or other merchandise to this event. We appreciate their warm cooperation.
Photos below: Naoki Fukuda