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Q&A: WBA VP Gilberto J. Mendoza

By Gabriel F. Cordero

What can you say about Jose Sulaiman?

If I briefly summed up the contribution of his legacy in my role as a leader of boxing, I’d say he was a man who was highly committed to protect the boxer inside and outside the ring.

What do you think about WBC election on February 11 in Mexico?

Last Tuesday, in Mexico City, the WBC Governors met to make the right decision. The members of the boxing federations representing all continents pushed for continuity. With a unanimous vote, the son of Don Jose gained the support to lead the WBC.

What’s in store for Mauricio Sulaiman and the new WBC?

Not only the challenges facing the troubled world of boxing but also a difficult one: keep firm the presence of the policies of his father. Bring all the values with which he was raised and educated for many years.

Your comments about Mauricio Sulaiman?

I am privileged to know the capacity of work, human intelligence and sensitivity of Mauricio. I am one of the few who can at least understand a little his thoughts and feelings.

The boxing world knows you both have much in common…

Mauricio and I grew up with the passion of boxing in our blood. From an early age we have lived among the biggest figures, with great champions and legends, with boxers hopeful to make it to the top and others who could not and also those who were stars and then lost everything, and we met the great promoters at different times.

Are you two fortunate to be children of great leaders in boxing?

We were blessed to have been accompanied by the greatest idols of our lives. Our parents. In the midst of obstacles and sometimes difficult situations we could see closely the management of organizations, and we know the spirit of the rules, the reasons for the changes and every one of the ideas that maintain current sport.

And the critics who think it’s some kind of legacy?

Adjectives like princes, heirs, corruption or nepotism are bound to be used against us. We aren’t able to choose our parents. It’s a divine reason and God knows the answer.

Do you identify fully with Mauricio?

No doubt his dedication, professionalism and discipline that will carry the WBC in his administration as president of the champions with the green and gold belt. Mauricio has my support and confidence.




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