By Alexey Sukachev
During a presser, held yesterday at the ITAR-TASS media centre in Moscow, Igor Mazurov who serves as an executive secretary of the Professional Boxing Federation of Russia ended his speech with the following official statement for reporters in attendance.
“By the order of respective WBC president Jose Sulaiman, we have compiled a survey among several national boxing federations of neighboring countries about the so-called CISBB boxing commission which corresponds to the Commonwealth of Independent States and Slovenian Boxing Bureau. There exists a morbid atmosphere and a synthetic stir about this organization and its title on some of sportive portals around the Web so it’s due to make certain things clear. We have sent a specific request considering both the CISBB and the so-called WBC Baltic Sea titles and their necessity to a number of corresponding local federations in various neighboring states, for example in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan and Slovenian states such as Poland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia, and also to Baltic Sea countries as Poland, Finland, Germany, Latvia and Lithuania. I would like to tell you that none of the countries, which officially responded to the survey, have supported the whole idea of promoting and staging (both presently and in future) CISBB and WBC Baltic Sea titles. And so we shall stand by this decision in future as well, and we shall surely inform Mr. Sulaiman about the results of this survey. Please, consider this an official statement and we ask you kindly not to misinform the boxing community about these titles, commissions and their current stance.”