By Mauricio Sulaimán / Son of José Sulaimán / President of the WBC
This time I tell you everything that our body does in the week before a stellar fight.
The World Boxing Council is a non-profit organization that actively participates in a large number of events related to boxing functions that are held around the world.
On this occasion we had to be in San Antonio, Texas, for the great function in which the world champion WBC, IBF and WBA, Jermell Charlo, faced the monarch of the world WBO, Brian Castaño, on the first occasion in which he was he was looking to achieve a unified champion in the super welterweight division, in the era of the four belts.
I attended accompanied by a great work team, with whom we did an intense job, making it an event and not just a boxing fight.
I had a meeting with the mayor of San Antonio, Ron Nirenberg, and we reached a series of agreements to put in place various ideas to reactivate boxing in this great city; That same afternoon, he accompanied us to give a recognition to the five world champions that this venue has generated. The event was held at City Hall and was highly emotional; especially when the mother of champion Robert Quiroga, who has passed away, spoke and her words brought everyone to tears.
The reason for the existence of the WBC is and will always be the boxer and his attention; before, during and after their glory years, which is why these ring warriors felt recognized and loved once again.
On Thursday we were at the Mexican consulate, where Consul Rubén Minutti Zanatta and his excellent work team joined our organization to present medals of honor, under the Heroes of Humanity program, to five people and institutions who, with passion and dedication, supported and saved thousands of lives during this pandemic.
Subsequently, we proceeded to inaugurate the green room exhibition, in the cultural center of San Antonio, where the WBC world champion belts will be exhibited, and later we attended the closing press conference, where the contestants were able to give their final statements prior to the combat.
That same day we visited the gym of the great former champion Jesse James Leija, where all the young men and women, children and relatives, were able to hear the motivational message of former monarch Óscar Cantú, as well as the reflection of Cory Hanes.
On Friday there was a meeting with the boxing commission and the signing of an important amount of documents required for the good supervision of a world championship fight; followed by the official weigh-in, which was highly problematic, when an altercation between the two teams arose, being close to becoming a pitched battle. The same thing happened in the rule reading ceremony and in the selection of gloves; even the fight was at risk of being canceled.
The rest of Friday is spent making three more visits to local gyms, to be closer to the boxing community.
Back in the arena, we had a final award ceremony for the honorary champion of the night. TDLR President Rick Figueroa accompanied me to the presentation of the champion medal to a young man with special abilities.
The show was wonderful; Uruguayan Amílcar Vidal had a sensational fight, in which he proved to be a real prospect, worthy of being classified in the first places in the world.
The stellar fight was, without a doubt, one of the best in the history of the super welterweight division, and one of the best fights in recent years, since the Argentine Castaño was about to send him to the canvas, in various Sometimes, to Jermell Charlo, who returned with a brave heart and came very close to knocking out his opponent in the tenth round, dominating the last part of the fight, to rescue a draw that was a fair result, since the performance of both boxers was dramatic, spectacular and emotional.
DID YOU KNOW…?
The five champions of the San Antonio World Boxing Council are: Jesse James Leija, super featherweight; John Michael Johnson, in rooster; Robert Quiroga, in super fly; Mario Barrios, in superlight, and Josh Franco, also in super fly.
From a very young age, I have the memory of accompanying my father to many events, press conferences, interviews and fights, and I always looked at him with admiration, as if I was watching a superhero in action.
On this occasion, my children accompanied me to this great function in San Antonio, and my wife captured a photograph during the weigh-in ceremony, which made me remember those moments when I was there with Don José.
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