WBC Cares - Maputo

01-11-2011 10:56
The WBC, through its vice-president, Houcine Houichi (pictured third from right), and WBC Cares chairperson, Jill Diamond (second from right), presented crutches to children in need at the hospital in Maputo, Mozambique, Africa. The presentation included the presence and participation of African dignitaries, including Mr. Songstone Kashiba, the executive secretary of the African Council for Sports.

The needs of these children who are unable to walk created the commitment of the WBC to offer such a modest act of help.


26-04-2011 13:33
The World Boxing Council’s 48th annual convention, led by WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán, continued on Wednesday at the Royal Hotel in spectacular Cancun. Many of the promoters and agents attending the convention participated in today’s general assembly meeting, which was devoted mainly to mandatory world title defenses and final elimination bouts. STRAWWEIGHT: World champion Oleydong Sithsanerchai of Thailand has a voluntary title defense scheduled for December, with the winner to next make a mandatory defense against No. 1 ranked mandatory challenger Juan Hernandez of Mexico. LIGHT FLYWEIGHT: World champion Omar Niño of Mexico has a voluntary defense against No. 12 ranked Gilberto Keb Baas of Mexico scheduled here in Cancun on Friday, the final night of the convention, with the winner to next make his mandatory defense against No. 1 ranked North American Boxing Federation champion Adrian Hernandez of Mexico. FLYWEIGHT: World champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam of Thailand has a voluntary defense scheduled for November or December, with the winner to next make his mandatory defense against the No. 1 ranked former light flyweight world champion Edgar Sosa of Mexico. SUPER FLYWEIGHT: World champion Tomas Rojas of Mexico won the vacant title and, according to WBC rules, must make two mandatory title defenses. Because of the controversial circumstances and subsequent protests regarding the final eliminator between No. 1 ranked Juan Jose Montes of Mexico and No. 2 ranked Silvestre Lopez of the Philippines, and with Oscar Ibarra of Mexico holding the WBC Silver World Championship, a series of fights was negotiated between the parties involved: Rojas will first defend the title against Montes, with the winner to next defend the title against Lopez, with the winner of that fight to make a mandatory title defense against Ibarra. BANTAMWEIGHT: Since No. 1 ranked contender Vic Darchinyan of Australia is participating - with the WBC’s full support - in Showtime’s two-round bantamweight tournament beginning in December and will not be available to fight for the WBC world title until probably next March, a final eliminator was ordered between WBC Silver champion Christian Esquivel of Mexico and No. 2 ranked Sasha Bakhtin of Russia. World champion Fernando Montiel of Mexico was approved to make one voluntary title defense, then make his mandatory title defense against the winner of the final eliminator. SUPER BANTAMWEIGHT: World champion Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan made a successful mandatory title defense one week ago, and is now in a voluntary stage. FEATHERWEIGHT: World champion Elio Rojas of the Dominincan Republic is now “in recess” because he recently underwent surgery for an injured hand and it is uncertain when he will be able to fight again. No. 1 ranked Juan Carlos Burgos of Mexico will fight No. 2 ranked Hozumi Hasegawa of Japan for the vacant title on November 26 and according to WBC rules, the winner must make two mandatory title defenses. The first will be against Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico. A final eliminator was ordered between WBC Silver world champion Justin Savi of Benin and No. 4 ranked Cholatarn O. Piriyapinyo of Thailand to determine the second mandatory challenger. SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT: A final eliminator was ordered to determine the mandatory challenger between No. 1 ranked Sergey Guleyakavich of Belorus and No. 2 ranked Terdsak Jandaeng, who also holds the WBC silver title and Asian Boxing Council title. World champion Vitaly Tajbert of Germany has a voluntary title defense scheduled for November 26 against No. 2 ranked Takahiro Aoh of Japan, with the winner to make his mandatory defense in his next fight. LIGHTWEIGHT: World champion Humberto Soto of Mexico, who is scheduled to make a voluntary title defense on December 4 against No. 7 ranked Urbano Antillon of the United States, has said that he is moving up to the super lightweight division after the fight. A final eliminator and WBC Silver World Title fight was ordered between No. 1 ranked Antonio De Marco of Mexico and No. 2 ranked WBC silver champion Reyes Sanchez of Mexico. If Soto does move up in weight, the winner of De Marco-Sanchez will become undisputed WBC world champion. Another final eliminator was ordered to find the new mandatory challenger between No. 3 ranked John Murray of England and No. 4 ranked Brandon Rios of the United States. SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT: World champion Devon Alexander of the United States was approved to make a voluntary title defense against Timothy Bradley Jr. of the United States on January 29. But President Sulaiman said that the fight is approved on with the condition that Bradley, who holds the title of another orgaanization, is not eligible to win the WBC title and will not pay any sanctioning fee to the WBC. President Sulaiman referred to the fact that Bradley, who formerly held the WBC world title, received his WBC championship opportunity only because the WBC approved him as the mandatory challenger, and he later notified the WBC that he was vacating the title in “an insulting and disloyal” letter. A final eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger was ordered between No. 1 ranked Ajose Olusegon of Nigeria, who also holds the British Commonwealth title, and No. 3 ranked Ali Chebah of France. President Sulaiman also commented that, “Devon Alexander is one of the greatest fighters of today, in my opinion.” WELTERWEIGHT: World champion Andre Berto of the United States has a voluntary title defense against Freddie Hernandez of Mexico scheduled for November 27. The winner must next make his mandatory title defense against WBC Silver champion and mandatory challenger Selcuk Aydin of Turkey. SUPER WELTERWEIGHT: Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines will fight Antonio Margarito of Mexico for the vacant world title on November 13. President Sulaiman said, “We will discuss the mandatory situation after we have a champion.” MIDDLEWEIGHT: World champion Sergio Martinez of Argentina has a voluntary title defense scheduled against No. 2 ranked Paul Williams of the United States on November 20. A final eliminator was ordered to determine the mandatory challenger between No. 3 ranked David Lemieux of Canada and No. 4 ranked Marco Antonio Rubio of Mexico. WBC Silver champion and No. 1 ranked Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. of Mexico has the option to make a mandatory challenge against the winner of Martinez-Williams, in which case the winner of Lemieux-Rubio would become the next mandatory challenger. SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT: Arthur Abraham of Germany and former WBC world champion Carl Froch of England are scheduled to fight for the vacant world title on November 27. Kallie Sauerland, the promoter of former WBC world champion and now WBC Emeritus champion Mikkel Kessler of Denmark, said that Kessler’s temporary retirement is due to an injury to the ligaments that control the movement of his eye that will only heal with six to nine months of rest. Sauerland also said that Kessler will be ready to challenge for the WBC world title when his injury has healed. LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT: World champion Jean Pascal of Canada is scheduled to make a voluntary defense against former middleweight world champion Bernard Hopkins of the United States. Because of the extreme interest and significance of the fight in Canada – promoter Yvon Michel said that all 16,331 available tickets sold out in 48 hours - as well as the legendary status of Hopkins, Pascal has also requested that the WBC Diamond Belt be at stake. His request was approved by the Board of Governors. The Diamond Belt is reserved for fights between elite champions. The only one previously approved was for the Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto fight. HEAVYWEIGHT: A final eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger has been been scheduled for December 17 between No. 1 ranked Ray Austin of the United States and No. 2 ranked Odlanier Solis of Cuba. World champion Vitali Klitschko of Ukraine requested approval of a voluntary title defense next March before making his mandatory defense. At the time of this writing, the involved parties were still negotiating and the outcome is expected during the Thursday general assembly meeting. WBC Cares Chairperson Jill Diamond, pictured above, described their visits in Cancun:“If you think WBC Cares doesn’t make a difference you weren’t with us on Tuesday or Wednesday. On Tuesday we went to a municipal gym where children cheered while Steven Blea and Cesar Bazan held mitts while Irma Sanchez and Goofy [WBC NO. 1 ranked super flyweight Juan Jose Montes] and Iran [Barkley] furiously signed autographs and the rest of us gave away WBC souvenors. I thought nothing could top this until Ciudad de la Alegria. Don Jose [Sulaiman], and the boxers and two busloads of our members visited an AIDS ward, an old age home, and then signed autographs while 300 screaming (with delight) children got toys and pictures and medical supplies. I am so proud of us!” President Sulaiman presented awards in honor or their outstanding careers to two long-time former members of the WBC Board of Governors in attendance – Dick Cole, the current Program Administrator of the Texas Department of Licensing and Registration, and WBC Executive Lifetime Honorary Vice President Bobby Lee of Hawaii. Former world champion Jeff Fenech of Australia and Caribbean Boxing Federation president Peter Abdool of Guyana were also presented with awards for their achievements.

WBC grants acknowledgement to Dr Francisco Massa / el CMB entrega reconocimiento a Dr. Francisco Massa

26-04-2011 13:27

Dr. Francisco Massa, from Spain, yesterday received acknowledgement from the World Boxing Council at his residence near Madrid.

This tribute was agreed upon at the Convention last November in Cancun in response to the high merits of our illustrious friend, member of the World Boxing Council for 35 years, where he has worked with excellence in the medical field to which our organization pays a lot of attention.

The event, at which a trophy was received, included members of the WBC: Enza Jacoponi, Secretary General of the EBU, Houcine Houichi, vice president of World Boxing Council, Antonio Martín Galán, International Secretary, and Mrs. Mirí Rodriguez, secretary general of the Spanish Boxing Federation.

Our good friend Paco Massa was surprised at all this as he thanked both the WBC and our president, Jose Sulaiman Chagnon.

We should also mention that Don Paco Massa and Mr. Sulaiman have been great friends since the latter became President--Tunisia, 1975.


El doctor Francisco Massa, de España, recibió ayer un reconocimiento por parte del Consejo mundial de Boxeo en su residencia, cerca de Madrid.

Este homenaje fue acordado en la Convención del pasado noviembre en Cancún, en atención a los altos méritos de nuestro insigne amigo, miembro del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo desde hace 35 años, en los que ha trabajado con excelencia dentro del aspecto médico al que tanta atención pone nuestro organismo.

En el acto, en el que recibió un trofeo. estuvieron presentes los miembros del CMB: Enza Jacoponi, Secretaria General de la EBU; Houcine Houichi, vicepresidente del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo, Antonio Martín Galán, secretario Internacional, y la señora Mirí Rodríguez, secretaria general de la Federación Española de Boxeo.

Nuestro gran amigo Paco Massa se sorprendió y agradeció el premio tanto al CMB como a nuestro presidente, José Sulaimán Chagnón.

Cabe comentar que don Paco Massa y el licenciado Sulaimán han sido grandes amigos desde que éste último llegó a la Presidencia -Túnez, 1975.