Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
The WBC had its final day of closed door directorate meetings today- Sunday, ahead of the Monday official opening of their 51st annual convention in Bangkok, Thailand. Board members began arriving earlier this week to fine tune the agenda and lay the ground work for the week’s meetings that lie ahead.
WBC Executive Secretary Mauricio Sulaiman did tell the board of directors that his father, WBC president Jose Sulaiman, is definitely on the mend after some touch-and-go days following delicate cadiac surgery several weeks ago. The younger Sulaiman also shared that the event organizer, board member General Kovid expressed his wishes that while the attending members do have matters to attend to during the week of meetings, he hopes that time is taken to enjoy the beauty and culture of the city of Bangkok in “the land of smiles,” as Thailand is known.
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko arrived today at 1 p.m. and will be present for the opening ceremonies Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. Bangkok time (9:30 p.m. Sunday night, EST in the U.S.).
After a free afternoon for the delegates, a welcome cocktail party was held on the 23rd floor of the host hotel Centara Grand. During the soirée , a “Miss WBC Thailand” was held featuring nine contestants- most with a female Muy Thai backgrounds. Former three-division champ Jeff Fenech was one of the privileged judges. The lucky winner received her Miss WBC Thailand crown and sash as well as a check for 10,000 Baht, (roughly USD $300). After drinks and hors d’oeuvres, live enertainment, and old friends getting reacquainted, many delegates took the party to the Red Sky roof top lounge on the 56th floor, where the breeze was welcomed and the view of the Bangkok skyline was spectacular.