By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
Yesterday we all celebrated “Father’s Day” and with the modern world of communications most if not all of us received, sent and shared countless messages, photos, videos, memes with this topic. I was surprised by my daughter as she baked me a delicious cake and spent a great day with my Mom, my wife and my three kids. Later at night, I was able to find a quiet corner, time to think of my hero, my dear father who is no longer with us but is at all times present in my heart and mind.
I was also thinking about the lives of so many who live day after day with a current difficulty and can’t enjoy their fathers or the fathers who can’t enjoy their families. All those brave men serving in the armed forces protecting humanity, those who are sick, those who have jobs that keep them abroad, those incarcerated, etc…
We must be thankful to God for every moment we have and enjoy it and live it at its full. My wife and I are trying to implement mandatory family times every single day with NO cell phones, games or TV…… Just 1 hour a day. Try it, your life will change and most importantly the lives of everyone else.
The boxing world has been shaken once again with a tragedy in the ring. Tim Hague has passed away yesterday after a knockout loss in Canada. Our prayers and empathy goes to his family and friends. He was a loved elementary school teacher who had retired from UFC after suffering concussion several years ago.
Could this tragedy be prevented? There is a need to look into the specifics of this case and every case in which there is a severe injury.
It is in the hands of all of us in boxing to work together and minimize as much as possible the risks of injury in boxing. Just last week I wrote about this. Matchmakers and promoters, trainers and family, local boxing commissions, governing bodies, media and even fans can be of help to minimize risk.
This past Friday. June 16 in Tijuana, Mexico a boxing card was promoted at Salon Mezzanine by “Borizteca Boxing.” Every single fight was a mismatch topping it all with Mexican Olympian superstar Joselito Velazquez (2-0) fought Rogelio Armenta — Armenta’s record 0-20!!!!!!!
This happened and Joselito has a very well known manager, Frank Espinoza, who should know better after managing so many world champions like Israel Vazquez and today’s Oscar Valdez. …..
Just take a look at the bout sheet and see Blue corner and the records …… Those fans simply went to see how each fight would end and not who would win.
Tijuana commission, Promoter Borizteca and every single person involved in this criminal act should be ashamed and should be put on notice.
Some good news came from Daniel Franco’s family as he continues to recover and great signs of improvement continue to happen every day. As medication is taken away, Daniel is giving signs of consciousness even signaling thumbs up. The boxing community has united in prayers and support and will continue to do so.
It was an active card at the Mandalay Bay, tainted by controversies. I was not able to watch the card as I was in my son’s high school graduation, however, I followed by Twitter. It was certainly burning my hands with the so many comments about the Rigondeaux punches after the bell and Ward’s KO win with thousands of replays of the action.
Once again ……. INSTANT REPLAY ……..
I had a wonderful visit through Europe, it was a great trip in which I was able to hold very important meetings and special visits, which I will report in full during this week reports. However, just as recap, following you will find some of the memories from this journey:
EUROPEAN BOXING UNION ANNUAL CONGRESS – BRUSSELS
WBC BOARD MEMBERS MEETING – BRUSSELS
HUBLOT – WBC GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP MEETING – GENEVA
WBC AMATEUR COMMITTEE MEETING – GENEVA
ITALIAN BOXING FEDERATION MEETING – ROME
WBC INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP COMMITTEE – ROME
PONTIX FOUNDATION “SCHOLAS OCURRENTES” MEETING – ROME
POPE FRANCIS AUDIENCE TO PRESENT BOXVAL PROGRAM ANNUAL REPORT – VATICAN
GUEST SPEAKER AT WALES INAUGURAL CROSS PARTY SPORTS COMMITTEE – CARDIFF, WALES
Chairman of the cross party sports committee Neil McEvoy
MEETING WITH SPORTS AND TOURISM MINISTER OF WALES PAUL STAKES – CARDIFF
MEETING WITH BRITISH BOXING BOARD OF CONTROL – CARDIFF
BBBC President Charlie Giles, Chariman QC John Rees and General Secretary Robert Smith
MEETING WITH BOXING LEGEND AND NOW PROMOTER BARRY McGUIGAN – LONDON
MEETING WITH COMMONWEALTH BOXING CHAIRMAN SIMON BLOCK – LONDON
WBC CARES VISIT TO BILLY MONGER TO NAME HIM WBC HONORARY CHAMPION – LONDON
WBC honorary champion Billy Monger receives his belt, he has exemplary attitude and it’s certain he will be back in the racetrack very soon.
MEETING WITH PROMOTER AHMET OENER – LONDON
MEETING WITH MERV TURNER FROM FRANK WARREN PROMOTIONS – LONDON
WBC CARES UK COMMITTEE DAVID WALKER, SCOTT WELCH & DAN AGUILERA – LONDON
MEETING WITH PROMOTERS NISSE AND KALLE SAUERLAND – LONDON
MEETING WITH PROMOTER EDDIE HEARN – LONDON
PRESS AND JOURNALISTS GATHERING FOR ONE ON ONE INTERVIEWS – LONDON SPORTS CLUB
WBC CARES MEDAL OF HONOR PRESENTATION TO THE LION OF LONDON BRIDGE ROY LARNER
Roy Larner is a hero who saved many lives as he took on the criminals with knives during the London Bridge tragedy a few weeks ago.
There is much work ahead, great fights in the immediate future and especially an urgent need to work together to make boxing safer and better which can only happen with everyone’s participation.
Thank you, I welcome any comments, ideas or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org