Boxing community unites to honor Las Vegas Heroes
These have been difficult times for Las Vegas. A town normally known for glamor and fun, became the center of one of the worst tragedies in the history. Devastated by a heinous act of terror last October, Las Vegas rose from it's knees and, like some of the greatest boxers of our time, fought back. We, at the WBC will not forget. We stand strong with those who were affected by the shootings. We are dedicated to be a part of its healing.
As a tribute to one of the greatest boxing cities in the world, WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman leads the WBC and the boxing community with the exemplary collaboration of TB Promotions , will honor First Responders as part of the Garcia vs Rios fight at the Mandalay Bay.
Beginning with Peace Week, in January, when we brought WBC World Class boxers to Van Tobel and Indian Springs EMS, and continuing through the WBC fights at the Mandaly Bay on February 17th, we will shine a light on those who showed courage, and those they tried to protect.
Thanks to the help of Premier Boxing and TGB Promotions, prior to fight week, the World Boxing Council will distribute tickets to First Responders throughout the Vegas area. In addtion, we will return to Van Tobel EMS, to honor the teachers and students who lost one of their most beloved students during the masacre.
The WBC will then have a formal tribute at the Weigh-in, to honor several police officers who rushed to the scene to assist. We will also honor the family of Quinton Robbins, whose #3 Jersey was retired by Van Tobel High School. Quinton, the second youngest victim of the shootings, worked as a lead recreational assistant for the city of Henderson, and coached his little brother's flag football team.
There will also be a ten count at the fight, to honor all those we lost. A tradition we reserve for the bravest and the best in our sport.
And together, we hope to make Las Vegas not only Las Vegas Strong, but also Las Vegas Safe. We must never let the random acts of terror take away the trust and faith we have in each other. We must have confidence that the people touched by these terrible, senseless crimes, will be the inspiration for us to create a world where young people, like Quinton Robbins, can walk freely and without fear. Using the principals of our sport, honor-respect-sportsmanship- we intend to do all we can to inspire this .
We fight in the ring to declare a Champion. More importantly, we fight for the world, so we can all be Champions. God Bless, Las Vegas.