WBC President Jose Sulaiman has commented on the behind the scenes situation involving the recent fight between WBC female champions Jackie Nava and Ana Maria Torres, which was originally announced to be a WBA title fight, which caused some friction between the two organizations.
In his weekly “Hook to the Body” column, Sulaimán wrote: “In Veracruz, Mexico, on the same night, two Mexican female lionesses met in the ring: Jackie Nava, the WBC super-bantam champion for five years, and Ana María Torres, the WBC super flyweight world champion, also for several years, in a bout that ended in a fair draw. It had been myself who had called Ana María the best female champion of the world after her tough but clear defeat of the great German female boxer Alesia Graf, a qualification or appointment that Jackie Nava went to Veracruz to take for herself. With the draw, Ana María confirmed being the best fighter in the world, but there is no question that Jackie Nava won in the ring. The qualification of being the best female professional BOXER in the world, after excelling in the ring with an outstanding performance of excellent boxing! And to think that some wanted to steal from the WBC this fight between two great long-reigning female champions fighting in our home, Mexico!
“It is here where I would like to extend my congratulations to my friend Gilberto Mendoza, President of the WBA, for his understanding this attempted low blow and calling me to let me know that the WBA would not approve such a fight, as it might have meant an intromission between two friendly organizations.”