Current champions and boxing legends on stage at the WBC Kunming convention
At the WBC convention farewell banquet pictured Asian Boxing Council Secretary General Patrick Cusick, WBC Vice President Rex Walker, WBC Asia Pre
Childrens choir sing We Are The World at convention opening
Heavyweight boxing legends Evander Holyfield and Larry Holmes honoured at the WBC Kunming Convention
Stunning acrobatic theatre at the WBC Kunming Convention
WBC Middleweight World Champion Badou Jack with WBC Vice-President Pol General Kovid Bhakdibhumi. Badou Jack is leading the WBC campaign for the USA
WBC Presidnet Mauricio Sulaimain, WBC Asia Secretary General Patrick cusick, WBC Vice-President Pol General Kovid Bhakdibhumi and WBC Russia Ambass
WBC Vice President Pol General Kovid Bhakdibhumi receives a special award from WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman for leading the WBC Asian Boxing Coun
The World Boxing Council held its 53rd annual convention at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kunming, China with 750 attendee members - 200 representing China.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said he was proud of the many present and former champions that attended.
Floyd Mayweather received the Lifetime Achievement Award and the official farewell to a great career of a boxer who had been one of the most loyal and closest fighters to the WBC in his 17 years as champion.
Mr Sulaiman focused on several measures the WBC is undertaking to make boxing a better sport.
?The Clean Boxing Program will be one of our top priorities. It?s going to take time, but we?re working on it and it?s something that the WBC holds in great regard.?
?The Code of Ethics for the boxers is going to be something that we also appreciate ? the kind of work that the WBC has to do for the boxing world, and not only for the champions. Any boxer is a role model for kids, for society, and we are going to address domestic violence, we?re going to address social responsibility, and we have many different programs we?re going to show that we all can participate, because we believe that for the major concerns for the world, boxing can be a major way of getting away from the bullying and all that happens in society.?
The WBC President spoke enthusiastically of the new Challenger TV Series that will be produced for worldwide television broadcast, will be the sequel to the popular Contenders.
The WBC Board of Governors voted to modify the purse bid rules with 10 percent of the bid going to the winner for mandated bouts that go to purse bid. This will set up a model that promoters can use for the winners of other fights. Boxing is one of a few sports that do not have incentives for the winner.
A new agreement puts into effect a program that will be available for any boxer for voluntary savings.
?Our intention is to have a program where the boxer can save money and generate big interest without any risk, and that money will not be available to them until five years after they have retired. There is a cycle where the boxer makes a lot of money. When he stops making money, he continues spending the same amount for a time ? with an entourage, the cars, the happy life, girls, drinks. By the time they realize they?re not making money, they had spent all their money and they will never make any more money. That?s when they suffer that tremendous depression and end up broke, so they come back to fight, they put their health at risk. We need to have some avenues for boxers to find a way that they can save their money, because the money they make now has to last them the rest of their lives,? said Mr Sulaiman.
The WBC President addressed his concern for boxing mismatches. Working closely with Boxrec, Mr Sulaiman said the Mismatch Prevention System would be one of the WBC top priorities ?within our affiliated federations and with our affiliated championship committees, and to go down to the national commissions and national championships, because the mismatch, without a doubt, is one of the worst, most dangerous happenings in our sport.?
WBC Medical Advisory Board Chairman Dr. Paul Wallace from USA gave a report on the most important medical aspects for boxers that included dehydration and rehydration and the need for continuous boxing education.
WBC Technical Director Bob Yalen USA reported on the Gloves Certification Program and hand wraps.
Minimum weight (105 lbs) WBC Female Championships Chairman Malte Muller-Michaelis of Germany reported on the status of female boxing. The WBC has 16 world champions from 10 different countries, and will have had 50 championship fights by the end of the year.
Other matters discussed included:
? A video report on the Jose Sulaiman Race held last year in Mexico City, which had 6,500 participants and donated funds to the Autism Foundation. Plans are already underway for next year?s race.
? A video presentation about the Jose Sulaiman Fund, which raised $1 million in an auction with Hublot Watches. President Sulaiman stated that the WBC had a policy whereby that every fighter who is injured is automatically entered into the fund.?
? WBC Anti-Doping Control Supervisor Luis Escalona?s report on the Clean Boxing Program, which the WBC will begin in conjunction with VADA early next year
? WBC Ring Officials Chairman Hubert Minn of the USA. report on the seminars held for judges, and Bruce McTavish of the Philippines report on the referees? seminars.
? Deputy Director of the Illinois commission Joel Campuzano of USA report on the amateur boxing program.
? WBC Government Affairs Representative Ray Mancera of the U.S. report on the program seeking a pardon for former heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, ?Pardon Jack.?
? Office manager Nancy Rodriguez gave a report on the WBC?s new Los Angeles office.
? A video was shown on the ?WBC Best of the Year Awards? voting process, which is available to all on WBCBoxing.com.
Champions in attendance at the convention included (in alphabetical order) Julio Cesar Chavez, Jeff Fenech, Gennady Golovkin, Rafael Herrera, Larry Holmes, Evander Holyfield, Badou Jack, Ilunga Makabu, Erik Morales, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Vinny Paz, Viktor Postol, Leo Santa Cruz, Shinsuke Yamanaka, Carlos Zarate, and Xiong Zhao Zhong.
Promoters and fighters? representatives in attendance at the convention included (in alphabetical order) Ulrich Bitner, Dejuan Blake, Christian Cherchi, Greg Cohen, Nicole Duva, Andrey Dyachev, Warren Evison, Gabriel Elorde, Johnny Elorde, Liza Elorde, Viktoria Fedorova, Philippe Fondu, Liu Gang, Sean Gibbons, Jose Gomez, Harry Gorian, Ryata Kato, Joe Koizumi, Reiya Konishi, Irene Kostenko, Jun Kubo, Oleg Ladik, Rouss Laguna, Sampson Lewkowicz, Tom Loeffler, Don Majeski, Yvon Michel, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Malte Muller-Michaelis, Art Monis, Aziz Munir, Ahmed Oner, Shamir Petrosyan, Titipong Pisitwuttinan, Ricardo Rizzo, Ron Rizzo, Joseph Rotonda, Brico Santis, Nisse Sauerland, Valerii Shumak, Naris Singwancha, Shingo Suzuki, Gevorg Tatebosyan, Sergey Tatebosyan, Zika Unisova, Roman Valesiuk, Riuya Yamanaka, and Oscar Zardain.
The WBC President closed the convention by saying he is extremely proud of what the WBC represents.
?I am extremely proud and thankful of what every single person that belongs to the WBC does throughout the year. We cherish and appreciate all the time, all the effort, all the attention that each one of you take away from your personal life and your family life to support and to bring service to our sport.
?I am extremely grateful to Liu Tao, General Kovid Bhaktibhumi, and Patrick Cusick for making China a reality for this convention, and to the Intercontinental Hotel and its manager, Patrick Houghton, who have been unbelievably caring to satisfy the needs of everybody.
The WBC?s next and 54th annual convention November 2016 will be held in Miami, Florida.