Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
Day three of the 50th WBC convention resumed with the ratings meeting- promoters, managers, and advisors included. This year, the ratings committee opted to start from the Strawweights and move upward instead of starting at Heavyweight moving downward. Boxings power brokers on hand included, but were not limited to Rodney Berman, Gary Shaw, Sampson Lewkowicz, Ricardo Rizzo (Acquinity Sports & Dream Team), Tom Loeffler (K2 Promotions), Ron Rizzo (DiBella Entertainment), Leon Margules (Warriors Boxing), Chris Ganescu (Gangkor Promotions), Raul Jaimes (Golden Boy), Alex Camponovo (Thompson Boxing) and Philippe Fondu among many others.
While the usual jockying for position was undertaken by interested parties, several fighters themelves stumped for their own rankings. World ranked Super Middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez took the mic along side his manager Larry Army. Rodriguez was returned to his previous spot at #2 from #6, since he has never lost a fight. Several Heavyweights also lobbied for their positions as Manuel Charr, Fres Oquendo and Johnathon Banks also took the microphone to address the ratings committee. While almost all was settled, the president suspended the meeting while still in the heavyweight division, to resume first thing in the morning.
Sprinkled throughout the proceedings were sever awards and recognitions doled out. The most moving of which involved Christian and Justin Camacho, the sons of the late “Macho Man” Hector Camacho. President Sulaiman presented the sons with two version of the WBC belt- the current green an gold design as well as the vintage Adidas sponsored belt. Both Cristian and Justin addressed the gathering, reflecting their shared thoughts about their super star father.
Recent WBC heavyweight title challenger Manuel Charr was recognized by Jose Sulaiman as the first heavyweight challenger of Lebanese descent and touted as a future champion.
Tonight we’ll see a traditional Mexican Fiesta. Hasta este noche!