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SULAIMAN: “I Have No Skeletons in the Closet”

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wbc-logo,jose sulaimanWho I am, and how I try.

I was listening to the news Friday night, when suddenly the Popo volcanoe of Puebla, seen from Mexico City, started sending continuous fiery and high exhalations of smoke with some erupting lava. It immediately came to my mind that just about this time, more than 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ was being massacred by the leather and steel latigos by the Roman soldiers. I had just seen the picture, “The Passion of Christ,” which I have seen about 10 times. It was so outrageously sad to see a good man being massacred by evil when he had come as the Son of God to bring peace and care for the poor. It is a shame that after thousands of years, the world has not changed.

It seems that all beings who work hard, struggle for life, and live for peace, who are victorious and who perform for good reform, are also massacred with aggression, disrespect, offence, envy, bitterness, jealousy, rancour and hate. Thanks to the Lord that Jesus' resurrection came as an indelible mark that over the bad, peace and good will always survive.

It also seems that Pope Francisco is a message from God to make human beings see that all of us are equal. That humbleness, compassion, charity and care for the poor and the sick are a must and the only way to live. I would say that it is here when all boxers come into the picture. They are born poor. They hardly have anything to eat and wear. They do not have education. They have good fists, a valiant heart, and go into the ring to start moving up to be stars – to get friends who will leave them when darkness comes. They are exploited by the “wise” people who come into their lives. When the lights of the ring do not shine anymore, they start going down until the time that they don't have money for a piece of bread, and only live with tears and dreams of their days of glory.

It is on the Christian, or any religion with faith as there is only one God, that we base our hopes to bring a remedy to those who were boxers and who live today in poverty. Boxing has found many compassionate people in life who have helped boxers in history. Today there are two who shine: Carlos Slim, with life pensions, including medical care, for 27 Mexican world champions, and Jean Claude Biver, with a Hublot watch auction of boxing stars that produced $1 million, who opened a bank account to start a fund to help boxers survive in their third age. It is here when the WBC will have a WBC World Cup of Professional Boxing starting in July, from which if there is any income, will go for the improvement of the Ex-Boxers Fund.

One other very important action was approved at the last convention in Cancun – of adding $1 per person coming to see a WBC fight so that with the help of our promoters, the pension fund will be enough for generations to come. Promoters, however, must do it voluntarily. There will not be any sanction fee of any kind, it will be with the work of the promoters of boxing to join the compassionate actions for the good of our boxers when they arrive at the land of nowhere and with nothing to live.

But well, boxing is boxing. It has been, it is, and it will always be boxing. We are on the verge of a generation transition when the great ones of the past are leaving, or on the way to do it, with new idols desperately needed for boxing to continue as greatly as it has been going. There will be many problems for the sport with no idols. Idols make history and build the industry of boxing.

There is one coming to the ring soon: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who is fighting the champion of the WBA, Austin Trout. Both are undefeated, Alvarez with 41 victories and Trout with 26. A fight with boxers having 67 victories and no losses, of which Canelo has won 30 by K.O. and Trout 14. That is, 67 victories, of which 44 are by K.O. …….. that is the fight !!

Canelo will have the opportunity to show his detractors what a great fighter he is. Trout will have the same opportunity to show that he is a real champion. The WBC has accepted the unification of the titles during his last convention, but with the condition that the winner and new champion will have 10 calendar days to decide which title he will keep, as he will not be able to keep both the WBC and the WBA. If the winner decides not to keep the WBC's, then the WBC super welter title will be declared vacant. This fight will be in San Antonio, Texas.

Next on May 4thFloyd Mayweather, the WBC welterweight champion, winner of five WBC titles and green and gold belts in different divisions – in addition, he made history by winning the WBC All-World Diamond Belt, and is regarded as the best boxer in the world today – will make a fight for the WBC undisputed championship against the WBC welterweight interim champion Robert Guerrero, who has shown to be a great fighter, and who fought and won the interim title due to the fact that the Great Mayweather was in a separation residence. This one will be in Las Vegas.

I left for the last a matter of great significance for me, after devoting 66 years of my life to boxing, of which I am close to 38 years as president of the WBC. My passing through boxing has been a very difficult and stressful one but also a very happy one, and in which I found many people in the world who got together in an unbreakable unity to change drastically the world of boxing, with valiant and decisive steps for reform.

I have found in my life a sector of USA writers who do not like me and continuously attack me for white or for black, many without even knowing me or exactly what I do. Fortunately, I have now good people who are giving me a chance in the country of my father's family, the USA. Massachusetts is the state of my family. Fall River is our city, close to where the WBC just offered the Rocky Graziano giant statue. I made my studies in the USA, and so have all of my sons and daughters. Now, even three of my grandchildren are doing the same, in Massachussetts of course, and in California. During the first years I felt very insulted, aggravated, mainly for my being painted for my family as an offensively criticised leader in boxing. Then I read President Harry S. Truman: “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” I started not caring and today I simply and absolutely do not care, but I deeply appreciate those that research what we do and write it.

I also have one or two in Mexico, as well. But one thing is saying what a writer thinks of what we do, and a different matter is he who lies, who cheats the readers, in the North or the South. So I will take the opportunity to state in this column that I have no skeletons in the closet. That there is no one, in the past or the present, who has given me even a cup of coffee in exchange of a favour, of which I have made many. If there is one, I am using this column, that is read in many countries of the world, to come and say it. If there was one, he would have thrown it in my face in any one of my 38 years as president. I will add that I have never, ever done any act of embarrassment that would make me unworthy of the confidence given to me by my dear friends in the WBC during the years of my term. I have never, ever, whatsoever, taken a step to purposely hurt anyone, under my word to my God. I have made many mistakes in my life as president. I am a human being, but not one in bad faith. I have taken all attacks from the press and my detractors with unwavering respect, and I will continue doing it for the rest of my life, so help me God.

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2015 Fight of the Year – Francisco Vargas vs Takashi Miura

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The WBC World Super Featherweight title bout between Francisco Vargas and Takashi Miura came on one of the biggest boxing stages of 2015, as the bout served as the HBO pay-per-view’s co-main event on November 21st, in support of Miguel Cotto vs Saul Alvarez.

Miura entered the fight with a (29-2-2) record and he was making the fifth defense of his world title, while Vargas entered the fight with an undefeated mark of (22-0-1) in what was his first world title fight. Both men had a reputation for all-out fighting, with Miura especially earning high praise for his title defense in Mexico where he defeated Sergio Thompson in a fiercely contested battle.

The fight started out hotly contested, and the intensity never let up. Vargas seemed to win the first two rounds, but by the fourth round, Miura seemed to pull ahead, scoring a knock-down and fighting with a lot of confidence. After brawling the first four rounds, Miura appeared to settle into a more technical approach. Rounds 5 and 6 saw the pendulum swing back towards Vargas, as he withstood Miura’s rush to open the fifth round and the sixth round saw both men exchanging hard punches.

The big swinging continued, and though Vargas likely edged Miura in rounds 5 and 6, Vargas’ face was cut in at least two spots and Miura started to assert himself again in rounds 7 and 8. Miura was beginning to grow in confidence while it appeared that Vargas was beginning to slow down, and Miura appeared to hurt Vargas at the end of the 8th round.

Vargas turned the tide again at the start of the ninth round, scoring a knock down with an uppercut and a straight right hand that took Miura’s legs and sent him to the canvas. Purely on instinct, Miura got back up and continued to fight, but Vargas was landing frequently and with force. Referee Tony Weeks stepped in to stop the fight at the halfway point of round 9 as Miura was sustaining a barrage of punches.

Miura still had a minute and a half to survive if he was going to get out of the round, and it was clear that he was not going to stop fighting.

A back and forth battle of wills between two world championship level fighters, Takashi Miura versus “El Bandido” Vargas wins the 2015 Fight of the Year.

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Jan 9 in Germany – Feigenbutz and De Carolis To Settle Score

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This coming Saturday, January 9th, the stage is set at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany for a re-match between Vincent Feigenbutz and Giovanni De Carolis. The highly anticipated re-match is set to air on SAT.1 in Germany, and Feigenbutz will once again be defending his GBU and interim WBA World titles at Super Middleweight.

The first meeting between the two was less than three months ago, on October 17th and that meeting saw Feigenbutz controversially edge De Carolis on the judge’s cards by scores of (115-113, 114-113 and 115-113). De Carolis scored a flash knock down in the opening round, and he appeared to outbox Feigenbutz in the early going, but the 20 year old German champion came on in the later rounds.

The first bout is described as one of the most crowd-pleasing bouts of the year in Germany, and De Carolis and many observers felt that the Italian had done enough to win.

De Carolis told German language website RAN.DE that he was more prepared for the re-match, and that due to the arrogance Feigenbutz displayed in the aftermath of the first fight, he was confident that he had won over some of the audience. Though De Carolis fell short of predicting victory, he promised a re-vamped strategy tailored to what he has learned about Feigenbutz, whom he termed immature and inexperienced.

The stage is set for Feigenbutz vs De Carolis 2, this Saturday January 9th in Offenburg, Germany. If you can get to the live event do it, if not you have SAT.1 in Germany airing the fights, and The Boxing Channel right back here for full results.

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2015 Knock Out of the Year – Saul Alvarez KO’s James Kirkland

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On May 9th of 2015, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez delivered a resonant knock-out of James Kirkland on HBO that wins the 2015 KO of the Year.

The knock-out itself came in the third round, after slightly more than two minutes of action. The end came when Alvarez delivered a single, big right hand that caught Kirkland on the jaw and left him flat on his back after spinning to the canvas.Alvarez was clearly the big star heading into the fight. The fight was telecast by HBO for free just one week after the controversial and disappointing Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight, and Alvarez was under pressure to deliver the type of finish that people were going to talk about. Kirkland was happy to oblige Alvarez, taking it right to Alvarez from the start. Kirkland’s aggression saw him appear to land blows that troubled the young Mexican in the early going. Alvarez played good defense, and he floored Kirkland in the first round, displaying his power and his technique in knocking down an aggressive opponent.

However, Kirkland kept coming at Alvarez and the fight entered the third round with both men working hard and the feeling that the fight would not go the distance. Kirkland continued to move forward, keeping “Canelo” against the ropes and scoring points with a barrage of punches while looking for an opening.

At around the two minute mark, Alvarez landed an uppercut that sent Kirkland to the canvas again. Kirkland got up, but it was clear that he did not have his legs under him. Kirkland was going to try to survive the round, but Alvarez had an opportunity to close out the fight. The question was would he take it?

Alvarez closed in on Kirkland, putting his opponent’s back to the ropes. Kirkland was hurt, but he was still dangerous, pawing with punches and loading up for one big shot.

But it was the big shot “Canelo” threw that ended the night. Kirkland never saw it coming, as he was loading up with a huge right hand of his own. The right Alvarez threw cracked Kirkland in the jaw, and his eyes went blank. His big right hand whizzed harmlessly over the head of a ducking Alvarez, providing the momentum for the spin that left Kirkland prone on the canvas.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez went on to defeat Miguel Cotto in his second fight of 2015 and he is clearly one of boxing’s biggest stars heading into 2016. On May 9th Alvarez added another reel to his highlight film when he knocked out James Kirkland with the 2015 “Knock Out of the Year”.

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