Boxing At It's Best
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
The Boxing Writers Association of America held its annual
awards dinner, and it was so nice to see the boxing
community together, so humbling to hear the speeches that
brought tears to many and, for once, to see promoters,
managers, boxers, television executives, trainers, and
anyone involved in the sport interact with the major players
of the boxing media in the United States. Congratulations to
the BWAA for a successful event which was clearly prepared
with passion and dedication to honor the best of 2016.
What a wonderful week it was for boxing, and a magical night
at Madison Square Garden with two highly competitive and
dramatic fights which went down to the line and resulted in
very close decisions and, of course, controversy. There are
so many things that boxing can do to improve, but simply
zero intentions from a few to agree to change and modernize.
For many years, the working journey was of six days per week
and nine hours per day. Then Henry Ford instituted the
five-day work week and reduced the hours to eight.
Productivity soared, and today it is the worldwide standard.
CHANGE CAN HELP.
I enjoyed both fights like I have not done in a long time.
Four warriors giving their all to prove supremacy. Both were
very close fights, high-level class and competition and in
reality, none of the four boxers deserved to lose. Close
fights will always bring critics to speak out and to blame
boxing and point fingers, but I choose to keep the great
feeling I have after watching two great fights.
Fighters and their corners deserve the opportunity to know
how the fight is being scored by the judges. The 4th and 8th
round Open Scoring was been used by the WBC for 10 years in
most countries with incredible success. In the U.S., only
Texas and Arkansas have allowed this procedure. I know what
Chocolatito and Jacobs would respond if asked if they would
have wanted to know the scores during their fights Saturday
We are also into a pilot plan to have judges wear
noise-cancelling headphones or earbuds to maximize
concentration and to eliminate all noise that could lead to
The WBC also has a rule for accidental headbutts, deducting
1 point from the uncut boxer. Chocolatito had to fight 11
rounds with blood all over his face and going into his eyes
and the impact that image has on judges when it comes to
scoring a close round can easily be understood to go to the
clean face. That is simple nature.
This boxing event was very special and I was proud to have
received a blessing from Pope Francis Pontifix Foundation
“Scholas Ocurrentes,” a non-religious foundation, to have
the “BoxVal – Boxing with Values” program present in this
event. Four fighters, all from different countries and
different religions, but all sharing something in common –
their dedication to philanthropy and altruism. Four
exemplary persons who bring out the best of our sport and
The Commemorative BoxVal belt visited St Patrick’s Cathedral
precisely during the great celebration of St Patrick’s Day
in New York City.
Another gratifying fact was to see new sponsors support
boxing – luxury Swiss watches Hublot in the center ring mat!
Energy Expo from Astana, Kazakhstan! (above left) The GGG
Hublot edition is a collectors’ edition. (above right)
I want to express my sincere congratulations to Tom Loeffler
and all of his formidable team at K2 Promotions. They are
hard working, and try to always do their best to have boxing