Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
Day two of the 48th annual WBC convention in Cancun, Mexico got underway this morning with simultaneous functions-ratings committee and officials seminar. President Jose Sulaiman presided over the ratings meeting, hearing recommendations from various promoters and managers to have their charges moved in the ratings. Among motions made, but not limited to or solidified, were the following.
*Antonio Tarver from #20 to #16
*Alexander Povetkin from #8 to #5
*Jason Gavern from #17 to #8
*Robert Helenius from #26 to #15
*Kevin Johnson from #24 to #16
*Lateef Kayode from #10 to #6
*Troy Ross from unrated to #7
*Brian Minto from #25 to #15
*Ola Afolabi from #11 to *9
*Adrian Diaconu from #4 to #2
*Zsolt Erdei from #9 to #5
*Roberto Bolonti from #5 to #4
*Tommy Karpency #16 to #15
*Anthony Dirrell from #30 to #15
*Glenn Johnson from N/A at Light heavy to top 15 (now in the Super Six tournament)
*Andy Lee from #29 to #15
*Lujuan Simon from #27 to top 15
*Martin Murray into top #18
*Darren Barker from #6 to #5
*Marco Antonio Rubio restored at #4 after erroneously placed as N/A amid reports he would be fighting for the WBO title
*Charlie Ota from #22 to #15
*James Kirkland from unrated to a rating
*Damian Jonak from #15 to #11
*Billy Lyle to be reclassified from Middleweight to Super Welterweight
*Brad Solomon from #10 to top 8
*Matthew Hatton from #16 to #14
*John O’Donnell from unranked to #16
*Shawn Porter from #19 to top 15
No approved recommendations
*Nihito Arakawa from #22 to #15
*Allan Tanada from #28 to #15
*Stephen Foster from #15 to #12
*Marvin Quintero from #18 to #13
*Terdsak Kokietgym from #8 to top 3
*Devis Boschiero from #16 to #10
No approved recommendations
*Scott Quigg from #24 to #16
*Chris Avalos to be reclassified from Bantamweight to Super Bantam
*Victor Terrazas from #10 to #6
*Vic Darchinyan from #3 to #1
*Stephane Jamoye from #10 to #8
*Lee Haskins from #16 to top 15
*Nobuo Nashiro from #10 to higher in the top 10
*Volodymyr Sydorenko from #9 to #6
*Masafumi Okubo from #23 to top 15
*Carlos Tamara reclassified from Light Flyweight to Flyweight
After the ratings meeting, a lunch break was taken, and the afternoon session resumed with discussions regarding the remainder of the convention topics. Upon discussing locales for the 49th WBC convention in 2011, it was learned that the leading candidate, Turkey, has had a change of guard among the leaders in the sponsoring Turkish delegation. The new heads of the organization have made no contact with the WBC regarding any plans for the next convention, it was unanimously voted to drop Turkey from consideration as the 49th convention host. One new entrant for consideration is Warsaw, Poland. This proposal was approved by the Board of Governors.
The mid-year Board of Governors meeting was unanimously voted to take place in Panama City, Panama. President Sulaiman has suggested a summit among the IBF, WBA and WBO, with an invitation to those organization forthcoming. An invitation to attend this summit, of all reigning world champions living in America will also be proposed and organized.
Next up was a proposal for the historic 50th WBC convention in 2012 to be held somewhere in the United States. Considering media exposure and sponsorships, it was unanimously voted to try for New York City. The next eight months will be filled with efforts to make New York City a reality and decided upon shortly thereafter if it is feasible.
Special recognition was given to some boxers present during today’s session. Reigning WBC Light Fly champ Omar Niño Romero was awarded his WBC championship ring ahead of his Saturday title defense in Merida against Gilberto Keb Baas.
WBC/WBO Bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel was presented with a plaque commemorating the achievement of his dream as a six year old- Montiel wrote that he would win a world boxing title and he would do it in Japan. It all came true when he dethroned long time WBC champ Hozumi Hasegawa on July 17, 2010 in Japan.
President Sulaiman asked WBC Continental Americas heavyweight champ Chauncy Welliver to show off his tattoo to the Board of Governors- it depicted the WBC logo, the words “World Champion, ” and the date of 8-13-05, the date Welliver claimed the WBC Youth Heavyweight title.
Tonight in the Royal Cancun Hotel lobby will be a talent show featuring various performances by several WBC members including music, magic and impressions.