The world of boxing mourns today the passing of the Dr Jose Sulaiman, President of the World Boxing Council since 5 December 1975.
He died in Los Angeles after receiving treatment in hospital for complications following heart surgery.
Under Dr Sulaiman's leadership, the WBC introduced new rules and regulations for boxers' safety and welfare. Among the changes introduced by Dr Sulaiman reduction of world championship bouts from 15 to 12 round, an official weigh-in 24 hours prior to each bout and the creation of the World Medical Congress.
During Dr Sulaiman's Presidency, the WBC sanctioned over 1,100 title bouts and more than 300 boxers won world titles in 161 affiliated nations.
Pol. General Kovid Bhakdibhumi, WBC Vice President, President of the Asian Boxing Council and Chairman of the Muay Thai division of the WBC said the passing of Dr Jose Sulaiman ?completes the cycle of a great leader of boxing that is unlikely to surpassed for achievements.?
?During his leadership there has been the golden age of boxing from the great Mohammad Ali to the present day champions that include Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.
?Dr. Jose supported and instigated the rise of Thailand boxers into the ranks of world boxing Many of the great Thai world championships over the past four decades owe their success to Dr Jose Sulaiman who considered Thailand to be his second home.
?Thailand boxing mourns the passing of a great leader while celebrating the life of Jose Sulaiman who will be remembered for his unstinting generosity to the poor. He was the shinning star and great hope for hundreds of Thai boxers who dreamt of becoming a WBC world championship.?
Pol. General Kovid said the decision of the WBC under Dr Jose Sulaiman?s leadership to create a special division within the WBC for Muay Thai had ?put the Thai national fighting art on the world stage.?