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Southern California Fight Scene

By Francisco Salazar

By all means, living in Southern California has its perks. Mostly beautiful weather that occurs year-round. In-n-Out burgers around the corner. Winning professional sports teams. Oh, did I mention boxing? To many of the journalists, including myself, and fights fans in the region, boxing is always in season. In Southern California, there are times when fight cards happen on consecutive days or during a three-day stretch. Or how about this Saturday, when three fight cards take place within a 90 mile stretch of one another?

Yup, it is great to be a boxing scribe or a die-hard boxing fan. Just as it is a fact that the Los Angeles Dodgers are currently in first place in the National League West, fight fans will be attending one of these shows. (more…)


Scale Watch

Weights from Tijuana

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

Moises Fuentes 105 vs. Julio Cesar Felix 105
(WBO minimumweight championship)
Daniel Rosas 121.8 vs. Enrique Bernache 122
Arturo Badillo 122 vs. Jose Cayetano 122
Rogelio Ruvalcaba 173 vs. Francisco Sierra 173.5
Venue: Foro De Tijuana
Promoter: Zanfer
TV: TV Azteca
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Boxing News

Mayweather Jr. Surrenders for Jail Stint

WBA super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. turned himself in Friday to begin serving an 87-day jail sentence for domestic abuse charges. The champ was accompanied to the courtroom by close friend 50 Cent, advisor Leonard Ellerbe and cutman Raphael Garcia. (more…)


Scale Watch

Weights from Guadalajara

By Gabriel F. Cordero at the scale
Photos: Rene Perez

Juan Jose ¨Goofy¨Montes 117.70 vs Victor Zaleta 113.30
WBF Super flyweight world title
(Montes lost his WBF world title at Scale)

Irma Sanchez 107.80 vs Ibeth Zamora 110.70
Ricardo Alvarez 135.50 vs Jocksan Hernandez 136.40
Rey Vargas 121 vs Luis Lugo 122

Venue: Guadalajara University Audiitorium & Gym
Promoter: Promociones del Puebo and HG Boxing
TV: Televisa

(more…)



Boxing News

Centeno on Cancio-Juarez undercard

Unbeaten Hugo “The Boss” Centeno (13-0, 7 KOs) will have his local fans out in force at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. this Saturday night when he takes on Rahman Yusubov (8-7, 6 KOs) in a six round junior middleweight co-feature on the TeleFutura broadcast headlined by Andrew “Chango” Cancio vs. Rocky Juarez. The TeleFutura broadcast begins at midnight ET/PT.


Boxing News

BBBofC drops automatic termination threat

OFFICIAL STATEMENT: CHISORA v HAYE

On the 9th May 2012 the British Boxing Board of Control issued a statement about a possible promotion within the United Kingdom involving a contest between Derek Chisora and David Haye. The Board understands that the Fédération Luxembourgeoise de Boxe has granted Chisora and Haye boxing licences and has sanctioned the contest. For the reasons stated in the statement of the 9th May 2012 the Board condemns the actions of the Fédération Luxembourgeoise de Boxe and strongly disapproves of the contest, which the Board considers will bring the sport of professional boxing into disrepute.

Whilst the Board in its statement of 9th May 2012 indicated that any member who participated (as defined therein) in such promotion, would be deemed to have terminated his/her membership of the British Boxing Board of Control, it has now decided that any such member will be called before the Board under regulation 4.9 of the Rules and Regulations of the British Boxing Board of Control which reads as follows: (more…)


Boxing News

Frank Warren Statement

Frank Warren: The British Boxing Board of Control had an embarrassing climb down today – withdrawing its threat to automatically terminate all of its members’ licences if they participate in the Haye v Chisora fight.

I still take the Board’s threat to call me to account for my role in the fight as Dereck Chisora’s manager as unlawful. The Board seems to have pre-judged the issue without hearing the point of view of any of its members and this is just wrong. I intend to issue proceedings next week and will support all other licence holders who feel intimidated into not participating in the Haye v Chisora promotion.

I may not be the only one suing the Board. The Board has also stopped fighters such as Kevin Mitchell, who I also manage, from fighting on the undercard. This is such a shame as Kevin was looking forward to fighting in front of the crowd at West Ham and it would have been great for the fans to see him again. He is asking the Board to re-consider and it may be forced to do so rather than face proceedings from Kevin for the purse he would have earned together with the lost opportunity to fight in front of 40,000 people.


Boxing Result

Bennett stops Armah

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian 140-pounder Chad “Hollywood” Bennett ( 29-4-3, 20 KOs) stopped James Armah (17-2, 7 KOs) in eight rounds at the Panthers Club, Newcastle , NSW, Australia on Friday. Bennett dropped Armah in round one but Armah rebounded to have Bennett down. twice in round three.. The 39 year old Australian recovered and at 0.50 of round eight referee Steve Hughes crowned Bennett. The 36 year old Ghana born Armah had only lost once previously by majority ten round decision to Steve Quinonez in 2009. (more…)


Boxing News

Canelo comments on Williams tragedy

After hearing the terrible news about former world champion Paul Williams being paralyzed in a motorcycle accident this past weekend, WBC super welterweight world champion Canelo Alvarez, who was scheduled to fight Williams in September, commented on the tragic situation.

“I am very upset about what happened to Paul,” said Alvarez. “I know that an accident can happen to anyone and right now the most important thing is for everyone to pray for his recovery.Paul Williams is a warrior who gives everything in the ring, but right now he is fighting the biggest fight of his life outside the ring. I extend my best wishes to him in his recovery and to his family as well. Paul will always be a champion and I am going to dedicate my September 15 fight to him and his family. God willing and health permitting, I want to invite him and his family to be ringside on September 15 in Las Vegas.”

Word is a deal has been reached for Alvarez to face James Kirkland on the September 15 date in Las Vegas.


UFC

Franklin replaces Belfort vs. Silva at UFC 147

The Ultimate Fighting Championship confirmed this week that there will be a new five-round main event at the upcoming UFC 147 event, set to take place in the Mineirinho Arena, in Belo Horizonte, on June 23.

With The Ultimate Fighter Brazil® coach Vitor Belfort forced off the card with an injury, former middleweight champion Rich Franklin will step in to face TUF Brazil coach and UFC legend Wanderlei Silva in the main event of the evening, giving Wanderlei a long-awaited chance to avenge his loss to Franklin at UFC 99, June 13, 2009. (more…)


Feature Story

Kayode wants to kayo Tarver

Story by Francisco Salazar
Photos courtesy of Tom Casino/Showtime

Constructive criticism. Most people go through it at some point in their professional career.

Accountants are reminded to balance, nurses are reminded on procedures for drawing blood, and teachers are reminded to check for students’ knowledge. It is meant for managers, supervisors, or owners to give feedback to someone who is applying specific job requirements and to do it to the best possible way.

Lateef Kayode applies his trade in and out of a ring and, to a certain extent, listens to constructive criticism from his trainer, manager, and his promoter. Although he is a “perfect” fighter on record, he is far from being the perfect fighter. He could get there one day, but there is a lot of work for him to do before he would be considered the number one cruiserweight in the world . . . Click here for more


Boxing News

K-9 vows repeat; no Spinks Jinx

IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage (31-4, 18 KOs) says he’s in outstanding shape with about about a month to go for his rematch showdown with former multi-divisional world champion Cory Spinks (39-6, 11 KOs). Spinks-Bundrage is scheduled for June 30th at the Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California with Showtime being said to air the bout. Bundrage beat the odds stopping Spinks in a shocker nearly two years ago to win his current title and wanted it to be known that the fight result will be the same this time around. “My conditioning is superb and I could fight right now if I had to. Big props to Golden Boy Promotions for knowing a real fight when they see one and stepping up and winning the purse bid for this fight. While some promoters are hestitating, Golden Boy is making things happen and this fight will be on Showtime making this fight that much bigger. Like I have said many times God has really blessed me. I just had to be patient. In regards to the fight, it will be a repeat of what happened in our first fight. There will be no Spinks Jinx whatsoever happening in this fight on me,” said Bundrage.


Boxing News

Q&A: IBF President Daryl Peoples

By Boxing Bob Newman

IBF president Daryl Peoples took time on Thursday afternoon to chat with Fightnews.com about the progress being made at the 29th annual convention, and the outlook for the future of the organization.


Boxing News

Tarver-Kayode final presser

Photo: Esther Lin / Showtime

All eight fighters participating in Saturday’s big fight card at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, participated in a final press conference on Thursday, just two days before the June 2 quadrupleheader which will be telecast live on Showtime.

Antonio Tarver: “Sometimes when you sign for a fight you never know how it will turn out, but this event took a life of its own. It wasn’t until the kickoff (press conference) when I realized what I was really in for. Everything had to take a back seat to my training. The passion and love for the sport still lives inside. Age is nothing but a number. I know this is the fight that will bring the best out of me because I know he will press hard all night long looking for that lightning in the bottle that I know won’t come. You’ll see on Saturday.”

“They (SHOWTIME) wanted to mic me up for the bout [to commentate and fight simultaneously], but I know I have my hands full with Lateef. I guess Lateef took offense to how I critiqued his fighting – he was used to the compliments. It’s different to look in the mirror and say I need to do this and that. We need training camp to become better, well-rounded fighters. I was trying to help him and he thought I was disrespectful.

“It’s going to be an interesting fight. Trust me, I’m in good shape. I haven’t taken him lightly. I know he has potential, I know he has the power to end the fight in one punch and that’s why I went back and trained hard for this.”

Lateef Kayode: “I’m ready for this fight. This is the happiest I’ve ever been. I stay in the gym, I work hard and I listen to my trainer. I’ve never fought anyone like this. For me to fight this man I’ll need to dig deep into my soul. I will knock you down. I’m sorry to say this to my brother, but on June 2, you will have to go down. He said I was too aggressive when I was fighting, but I’m going to show him aggressive on Saturday.” (more…)


Boxing News

Ruiz-Ceja showdown on July 7

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Fightnews.com has received information that current WBA interim bantamweight champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (30-1, 27 KOs) could defend his crown against hot unbeaten prospect Julio “Pollito” Ceja (19-0, 18 KOs) on July 7 at a venue to be determined in an event that will be organized by the Promociones del Pueblo and Sampson Boxing LLC and broadcast by Televisa. “We had all planned for Jhonny Gonzalez defend his crown on July 7 in Mexico against Salvador Sanchez II and unfortunately they wouldn’t fight,” stated Promciones del Pueblo Presidente Oswaldo Kuchle by phone. “We are a responsible company. We had a commitment to Televisa and our sponsors and we decided to make this world title fight. At this point, we can’t stop our progress and must meet the demands of the fans and sponsors.” That same night, WBA female flyweight world champion Arely Mucino will also be in action.


Feature Story

IBF Convention: Day 3

By Boxing Bob Newman

Day Three of the 29th annual IBF convention in Honolulu, HI was in full swing today with a full schedule planned. Opening comments by President Daryl Peoples and the Board of Directors started things off. Peoples discussed the positive outlook for the future of the organization, while fellow board members waxed similarly.

David McCullough’s treasury report reflected a positive surplus for the first time in the relatively new administration of People’s, bouncing back from a huge financial deficit inherited from the past administration.

Inroads have been made into regrowth in Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, Thailand and Philippines, as evidenced by the presence of delegates, reporters and television networks from those countries. Hawai’i was specifically chosen as a sort of convenient halfway point between the U.S. and Asia, to entice Asian participation. Board member Ray Wheatley of Australia touted the number of IBF Pan-Pacific and Pan-Asian fight which have and continue to take place in the region. (more…)


Boxing News

Fuentes ready for first title defense

Photo: Zanfer

As the WBO minimumweight champion Moises Fuentes (14-1, 6KOs) radiated confidence and tranquility, his challenger, Tijuana’s Julio Cesar “Gatito” Felix (17-7, 3KOs) seemed motivated and excited at today’s final press conference for the opportunity to challenge for the world title this Saturday, June 2nd, at the El Foro Theatre in the heart of Tijuana. The bout is presented by Zanfer Promotions and will be shown live on the Azteca channel in Mexico. The bout will mark the first defense for Fuentes of Mexico City after capturing the title last summer over the tough Raul “Rayito” Garcia with a split decision win.

“I came to Tijuana to defend and keep my title,” Fuentes stated. “I respect ‘Gatito’ and the fans of Tijuana but I have prepared myself very well and I am going to win this fight by any means necessary. If it is by knockout, even better.” (more…)


Scale Watch

Weights from Bethlehem, PA

Photos: Chris Toney

Sechew Powell 150.75 vs Gabriel Rosado 154
(vacant WBO I/C light middleweight title)
Ronald Cruz 147 vs Prenice Brewer 147
(vacant WBC C/A welterweight title)
Darnell Boone 170.5 vs Sergey Kovalev 173.5
Tyrone Luckey 131.75 vs Tevin Farmer 133
Rafael Montalvo 146.5 vs Anthony Irons 145
Jerome Rodriguez 139 vs Hasan Young ??
Eric Newell 265 vs Tyyab Beale 241

Venue: Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
Promoter: Main Events and Peltz Boxing
TV: NBC Sports Network

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Scale Watch

Weights from Atlantic City

Dennis Hasson 175 vs. George Armenta 173
Saud Clark 148 vs. Flavio Reyes 147
Joey Dawejko 239vs. Edwin Ranquillo 229
KeAndre Leatherwood 162 vs. Frankie Fillipone 160
Antowyan Aikens 166 vs. Kenneth Taylor Schmitz 166
Joshua Reyes 123 vs. Miguel Antonio Rodriguez 119

Promoter: Dee Lee Promotions (Diane Fischer)
Venue: Tropicana


Boxing News

Mitchell-Banks is cancelled

The bout between heavyweights Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell and Johnathon Banks slated for July 14 on HBO is off. Golden Boy announced the fight yesterday, but today it was revealed that Mitchell had suffered a hand injury in his win over Chazz Witherspoon and will not be ready. The bout was slated to be the main support for the clash between Amir Khan and Danny Garcia for Garcia’s WBC 140lb belt, which takes place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.


Boxing News

Gary Shaw Promotions wins purse bid

By Boxing Bob Newman

Moments ago during a special purse bid session at the 29th IBF convention in Honolulu, HI, Gary Shaw Promotions out bid Golden Boy Promotions to win the right to promote the IBF featherweight eliminator. IBF #3 feather Luis Franco will battle IBF #12 Gary Russell Jr. for the right to face IBF champ Billy “The Kid” Dib of Australia. The winning bid by GSP was $222,000 to $186,000 from GBP. Luis “La Estrella” Franco is 11-0 , 7 KOs, while Gary “Mr.” Russell Jr. is 19-0, 11 KOs. IBF championship chairman Lindsey Tucker presided.


Scale Watch

Weights from Puerto Rico

Photo: Mario Vayas/PR Best

Miguel Del Valle 108 vs. Israel Vázquez 109
Antonio Salgado 126 vs. Kenneth Rivera 124
Rafael Márquez 135 vs. Jesús Pastrana 134
Luis Díaz 110 vs. Waldemar Pagán 110
Jesús Soler 109 vs. Gustavo Ortiz 110
Nelson Casanova 133 vs. Jeffrey Ramos 136
Jason Agosto 115 vs. Emmanuel Rodríguez 114
José Santiago 131 vs. José Cortés 128
Venue: Cancha Mario Jiménez, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best in association with Top Rank
TV: WAPA America


Boxing News

Chong Pal Park Interview

By Boxing Bob Newman

Fightnews.com speaks to the IBF’s second ever super middleweight champion Chong Pal Park, who made the trip over to the IBF Convention in Hawaii from his native South Korea.


Boxing News

Shafikov wins rematch over Zamora

Unbeaten jr welterweight Denis Shafikov (29-0-1, 17) of Russia defeated Cuban-born and Italy based Brunet Zamora (22-1-2, 10 KOs) moments ago at at the Ufa Arena, in Ufa, Russia. Shafikov controlled the bout for the most part with movement and sharp punching. Zamora had some moments as well landing some heavy shots particuarly in round 9. In the end the official judges scorecards all read in favor of Shafikov by unanimous decision by the scores of 117-111, 117-112, and 117-113. The bout was a rematch from their closely contested draw from October 2010 in Russia. Shafikov picked up the EBU (European) light welterweight title with this victory. Oleg Bogdanov (Trinity Promotion) promoted the event.


Boxing News

Fight Promoter U Has Diverse Enrollment

With 20 students heading to Southern California next Tuesday for the start of Fight Promoter University, the four day intensive learning experience will take on a real international and diverse look. FPU founder and promoter Roy Englebrecht reports that students are coming from as far away as Brisbane, Australia and Mexico City, as well as nine states. And FPU VIII students will range in age from 18 to 57 years of age, and will also include two women. Applications are still being accepted for FPU VIII, June 5th thru 8th, and for additional information and an application go to www.fightpromoteruniversity.com.


Feature Story

Johnny Tapia: Requiem for a hometown champ

“Albuquerque, I’m still your hometown champion . . . .”

Those were the words Johnny Tapia never failed to yell into the camera, in between the rounds of his countless TV fights.

That and “I love you, Grandma, Grampa.”

Those two sentences said more about the man than his 162 amateur bouts (150-12), two National Golden Gloves titles, 66 pro fights (59-5-2, 30 KOs), 473 rounds, innumerable minor belts and no less than five bonafide world championships during a career dating back to 1981 . . . Click here for full story and photos


UFC

TUF goes out with a bang in Vegas Friday

You Pick The TUF Live Finale Walkout Music: TUF contestants picked their two favorite walkout songs and now we are giving you a chance to pick which one they hear before they hit the Octagon this Friday, June 1st on FX. Listen, vote & tune-in Friday to hear your picks!

$25,000 Is Up For Grabs – And You Decide Who Deserves It: As the first season of The Ultimate Fighter Live comes to a close, we look back at the best moments over the last three months. Submit your votes for best fight, submission & KO of the season.

Watch In Person – TUF Live Finale Tickets Available: Come watch history as we crown the first-ever winner of The Ultimate Fighter Live! Plus, don’t miss a matchup between Jake Ellenberger and Martin Kampmann. Get tickets today through Ticketmaster or the Pearl Theater Box Office.


Boxing News

Pacquiao: I am ready

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38KOs) has declared himself ready for his June 9 showdown with Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (28-0,12KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquiao vs. Bradley will be for Pacquiao’s WBO Welterweight title. The Pacman continued his preparation Wednesday as he worked out for the media in a crowded Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. “Training camp is good and I am ready,” Pacquiao told Fightnews.com.

The eight-time and current world champion was mobbed by photographers and videographers as he arrived to the Wild Card Gym. “I believe Bradley is hungry to win this fight and I am sure he has trained hard for this fight,” Pacquiao boxing writers inside a stuffy dressing room that had everyone inside sweating. (more…)


Boxing Result

Pharanpetch, Barongsay grab ABCO belts

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Bangkok Gurentai

ABCO #6 super feather Pharanpetch Tor Buamas (6-0, 5 KOs) impressively captured the WBC Asia 130lb interim title when he stopped ABCO #12 Eddy Comaro (24-14-4, 9 KOs) on Wednesday at Town Hall of Kaengkhor in Chaiyaphum, Thailand. After a close affair in the first three rounds, the Thai fighter landed a vicious and well-time right hook which destroyed the Indonesian for a full ten-count at 2:42 of round four.

In other action, ABCO #12 superbantam Hendry Barongsay (reportedly 12-16-3) stopped ABCO #9 Tabthong Tor Buamas (12-2, 10 KOs) to capture the vacant ABCO Continental 122lb title. This was also an exciting bout as both fighters exchanged punches most of the action and the score announcement after round eight was 77-75,77-75,78-75 for the Thai fighter. In round nine, Tabthong seemed tired, so Indonesian Barongsay speeded his assault and finally he shocked the local crowd by displaying a one-sided attack which forced referee to stop the bout at 2:44 of round nine. (more…)


Feature Story

IBF Convention: Day 2

Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman

Day two of the 29th annual IBF convention got underway on Wednesday with a tour of one of the most emotional and recognizable memorials, one associated forever with the state of Hawai’i – Pearl Harbor. In a blow that struck worse than any knockout punch thrown by a boxer in the ring, Japanese pilots crippled the U.S. naval fleet with a surprise attack on December 7, 1941, a day that then president Franklin Roosevelt declared “Will live in infamy.” Over 150 IBF delegates took in the moving day-long tour.

First off was the visit to the sight where the U.S.S. Arizona still lies in the harbor, along with over 1000 sailors still on board, beneath the waters of the harbor. Even the most hardened fight fans and boxing officials, couldn’t help being moved to tears either during the movie footage viewed in the theater in the memorial park, or especially standing within the memorial itself, straddling the sunken hulk of the battleship. (more…)


Boxing News

Sturm-Geale unification on September 1

Gary Shaw Productions, Sturm Box Promotion, Grange Old School Boxing and UFA Sports have announced a world title unification bout featuring IBF middleweight champion Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale (27-1, 15 KOs) and WBA Super World champ, Felix Sturm (37-2-2, 16 KOs). The 12-round 160-pound main event will take place in Germany on Sept. 1, 2012, at a location to be announced, with television network SAT1 broadcasting the event to millions around the world.

Said Promoter Gary Shaw, “This event is what boxing is all about. When you get two world champions agreeing to fight each other with no hesitation, you know the fans are going to be witnessing an unbelievable bout. Both guys are hungry to keep their titles and they’re going to leave everything in the ring. Words can’t describe how excited I am about this event. Geale and Sturm are true warriors who are going to “Bring It” come fight night. It’s going to be an incredible night of boxing. The true winners will be the fans. (more…)


Boxing News

Mitchell-Banks confirmed

It was officially announced today that former unified super lightweight world champion Amir “King” Khan meets undefeated WBC super lightweight world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia on July 14 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in a fight televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing. It was also confirmed that undefeated heavyweight Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (25-0-1, 19 KOs) will face once-beaten Johnathon Banks (28-1-1, 18 KOs) in a 12-round co-feature.


Boxing News

Roach throws out first pitch

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Though he has lived in Los Angeles since 1992, famed trainer Freddie Roach has never been to Dodger Stadium until tonight. Roach threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Los Angeles Dodgers-Milwaukee Brewers game on Wednesday night. Freddie is currently training Manny Pacquiao for his upcoming world welterweight title mega-fight against undefeated jr. welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. (more…)


Boxing News

NBC Sports Network Fight Night Presser

Russell Peltz of Peltz Boxing hosted the final press conference for the June 1 NBC Sports Network Fight Night card. Peltz verified that the tickets were sold out for the event being held at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. The NBCSN broadcast will begin at 9PM ET. Peltz says fans can expect to tune in Friday to see two REAL fights. In the main event, Gabriel Rosado (19-5, 11 KOs) takes on Sechew Powell (26-4, 15 KOs) for the WBO Inter-Continental junior middleweight title.

Words were exchanged as Powell volunteered to hold the WBO belt for the photo opp. Rosado assured the crowd that he would be the one holding the campionship belt come Friday night. A verbal scuffle ensued. Co-promoter, Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, expressed gratutude that the fighters waited until Friday night to exchange blows.

In the co-feature, Ronald Cruz (16-0, 12 KOs) is facing a lot of pressure by fighting in front of a home town crowd against road warrior Prenice Brewer (16-1-1, 6 KOs), who is one win away from the top 15. This is the only televised boxing card scheduled on Friday night.


Boxing News

Happy Birthday Jose Sulaiman

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Happy Birthday to World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman! The leader of the WBC turns 81 today. He became the president of the sanctioning organization in 1975 and is responsible for numerous reforms in boxing including reducing the length of world title fights from 15 to 12 rounds, gaving weigh-ins 24 hours before the fight, open scoring after the fourth and eighth rounds, the use of instant replay video among others. He says there are still things he wants to accomplish in boxing, such as a retirement fund and the World Cup of Boxing event. Sulaiman was inducted into the International Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York on June 10, 2006.










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