Photos and story by Boxing Bob Newman
Day 4 of the 48th annual convention opened at 9:30 a.m. local time with President Sulaiman wishing a happy birthday to WBC U.S. Legal Counsel Robert Lenhart and European Boxing Union’s Enza Jacoponi, both of whom turn a year older today. Sulaiman then read the WBC’s resolution regarding the agreement made yesterday between the promoters representing champion Vitali Klitschko and the two boxers vying for the mandatory challenger slot on December 17th, Ray Austin and Odlanier Solis. In essence, Klitschko has agreed to face the winner of the elimination fight no later than 100 days after the December 17th date, barring a draw decision or an injury to the winner.
Arena Box CEO Ahmet Öner was presented with a recognition for his work in Turkey, promoting the first title fights in that country, a land where president Sulaiman says his family name originates.
Roy Herrera from TelMex also received a medal, honoring the telecommunications giant’s commitment to sponsoring scholarships for aspiring young Mexican boxers.
Dr. Enrique Aguilar, executive Secretary of FECOMBOX was recognized by president Sulaiman for his work with the Mexican boxing scene.
The WBC Muay Thai Super Heavyweight champion, Edmoud M’Bulu-Monso of Denmark stepped up to the dais to receive congratulations from President Sulaiman and the Board of Governors.
The push for the WBC’s initiative on an international passport was resumed. The idea is similar to a federal passport, but more so to protect boxers who should not be fighting, or who get ferried abroad as fodder to pad the hometown fighter. NABF officers Mike George and Joe Dwyer have been named to the world and U.S. Committees of this initiative.
A motion was passed to use WBC certified gloves WBC title fights. The certification will be given to gloves that pass stringent, multi-point checklist considering accurate weight, integrity, water absorption, and construction durability. Said Executive Secretary Mauricio Sulaiman, “Right now, we have gloves her in Mexico that aren’t even made here, and they are weighing in at different weights than what is listed on the gloves, the quality is terrible! We have a machine that measures all these important aspects of the gloves.”
Next up was the topic of hiring a top merchandising outfit to handle marketing and sale of WBC merchandise, from T-shirts, caps, pins, posters, etc. A committee will be formed to search for and sign an outfit to take on the merchandising task.
The issue of unpaid, or late sanctioning fees for WBC title fights was then addressed. The board moved and passed a motion to have all sanctioning fees paid fifteen days before the date of the fight.
The WBC’s mandatory 30-day and 7-day pre-weigh in policy was reviewed. It was voted to become part of the WBC title fight contract to be agreed upon by both fighters involved in the fight.
The WBC will not allow it’s regional titles to be competed for in a bout where other regional title from other sanctioning bodies are also at stake.
In the most heated debated of the day, worse yet than the heavyweight fracas of yesterday, Russian Federation president Ivan Mazurov posed resistance to accepting the WBC Baltic championships on
the basis that boxers form non-Baltic countries are competing for these belts. It turned into an our long grind between Mazurov, CIS officers Miroslav Popovic and Mikhail Denisov, and President Sulaiman. In the end, Mazurov relented and accepted the Baltic titles, shook hands with Sulaiman, Popovic and begrudgingly with Denisov.