JOSE SULAIMAN & DON KING
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THE 50 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE WBC
By Butch Gottlieb
When Mary Ann and I decided to attend the 50th anniversary convention of the WBC in Cancun, Mexico it was to be both a working and an R&R vacation. Well, let me tell you that even though there was a good deal of R&R there was also a great deal of work if you were part of the WBC.
There are I believe 168 member countries and regardless of what anyone may think about the WBC we have gained a whole lot of new respect for them after spending 8 days watching them work for the betterment of boxing as a whole. And this included the 80 year old WBC president, Jose Sulaiman who attended every meeting and was totally involved.
Yes, they are the largest sanctioning body there is but for those that do not know what else they are involved in should attend one of these conventions and see for yourself. Too my knowledge, none of the other 3 major sanctioning bodies are anywhere near being involved as the WBC is in all aspects of the boxing business.
Let's start with the humanity aspect of the business and I am talking about the WBCares and Jill Diamond. Two full bus loads of world champions and WBC members visiting a school for Down Syndrome kids. Taking bags full of gifts and spending time with these kids and there is no way that I can tell you the looks on their faces and the hugs that were given. I have also seen the WBCares attend hospitals etc.
How about the affair that we attended in September when the WBC started a new pension fund to help down and out boxers. They raised $1,000,000 (yes, that says ONE MILLION DOLLARS)
I could go on and on but I think that you get the idea by now. I have always had a place in my heart for the Sulaiman's but after attending this affair, I also have a great deal of respect for him and the WBC for all they do for boxing and I understand why every boxer says they want the Green & Gold WBC world title.
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