Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
The city of Cardiff, Wales continues to welcome the gathered champions at the WBC Night of Champions event on day two. This morning, champs and invited guests took an open top double decker bus tour around Cardiff, seeing such sights as Cardiff Castle, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Bay, along with a slew of contrasting modern and vintage architecture alike. Two bus loads handles the tour, as the guides explained the sights and even gave some impromptu lessons in the Welsh language, which predates the English language considerably.
The most recent champion arrival was that of the legendary Roberto Duran, who continues to be a most popular figure among fans and fellow boxers alike. A lunch was served at St. David’s Hotel in Cardiff Bay, as Cardiff Leader of the Council Neil McEvoy welcomed the guests in English, Welsh and Spanish. Richard Thomas, Managing director of Cardiff & Co., also welcomed the assembly, offering any and all help to make the champions’ stay in Cardiff an enjoyable one.
After lunch, the champs signed a banquet table load of boxing gloves big and small, to be auctioned off for charities. While former ring monsters Roberto Duran and John “The Beast” Mugabi hugged and swapped tales, other fighters like current WBC female lightweight champ Anne Marie Saccurato enjoyed introducing herself to man of her heroes who were on hand.
The champs will take a break this afternoon before reconvening at the Cardiff International Arena for the Great Britain vs. The World amateur boxing competition.