WBC Supreme Council approves World Cup
This morning the president of the WBC Jose Sulaiman welcomed the members of the Supreme Board of Governors of the World Boxing Council.
Today was the first of two intense days of work in Mexico City, various topics will addressed, however, the main goal and what has brought together the heads of the Supreme Board of Governors is to clarify the details of the WBC World Cup, an unprecedented event in which all the champions of each of the ten affiliated confederations will participate on the following weightdivisions: fly, bantam, feather, light, welter, superwelter, lightheavy and heavyweight.
The President of the WBC, Jose Sulaiman, remarked the great importance this tournament has, that besides being a platform and a spotlight for boxing, one hundred percent of the revenue will go to a fund to help retired boxers who lives in disgrace, through the “World Boxing Council Helping Hand Foundation." The Supreme Council of Governors said that a committee will be appointed from outside the Council to give all the money gathered in the Cup.
"In all my years at front of the WBC, I have known boxers who conquer the glory, but at the moment they retire, they end up bad either physically or economically, I am filled with sadness by seeing the old boxers end up hungry and without a clear mind, in some cases. Therefore this Cup it’s very important to me, it will be like returning to boxing legends are a better quality of life, a different destiny, "Jose Sulaiman-
He also expressed his gratitude to two men who are an example, "one of them is Carlos Slim, a man whom I admire and I am completely grateful, because he respond to a request I made, giving a lifetime pension including medicines and medical assistance to 27 former champions who live in precarious situations and that only dream those nights of past glory. The other man whom I have no way to thank is the President of the prestigious Swiss watch brand Hublot, Jean-Claude Biver, who had a fantastic idea that will not only help boxers but also recognizes the great legends in boxing. Hublot watches manufactured twelve pairs of the greatest world champions, who will receive the watch as a tribute to his career inside and outside the ring and the other piece will be auctioned at a historic event, where all the resources generated in this auction will go to the pension for former champions who live in misery” he said.
The initiative of the WBC World Cup has been a dream of the president of the WBC, who has struggled his entire life to protect and help the boxers. The intention is to carry the message: "Boxing does not forget his boxers."
WBC World Cup boxing tournament will be the most important, since it involves all the champions of the WBC Continental Federations, Silver and International champions in the divisions previous mentioned.
Unanimously, the Supreme Council of the Board of Governors voted to postpone the start of the WBC World Cup until February 15, 2013, having as venue Mexico City, birthplace of the WBC.
Jose Sulaiman was forceful in his position: "We cannot allow unequal fights; all participants of the World Cup should be the best in their division."
There will be 32 weeks of boxing, 96 professional boxers at the highest level that will be battling a juicy prize that according to the president will be a great purse. He also announced that the WBC World Cup will be divided into 4 phases: the first will be of qualifying, then quarterfinals, semifinals and final.
There’s still no total amount for the award, but it might be up to $ 40,000 for the winner, prize will increase according to the division, also World Cup will be given to the Federation who win or that have more winners, president Sulaiman also confirmed that the winners will also receive gold and silver medals, as well as being the mandatory challenger for the world championship.
South Africa, Bangkok, China, London, Poland, Russia, Hamburg, Italy Panama, Miami, Tokyo, Brazil and Argentina, will be some of the countries that the World Cup will have as venues, there are still 17 Dates, however they are already being in discussions, it is clear that countries wishing to participate as venues must allow the Council to appoint judges and referees.
It was also clarified that this event will be held every two years and will be broadcast by three television stations that cover America as well as an agency that will represent the WBC for worldwide broadcast and one television station covering the Chinese territory.
This is how the WBC seeks to take boxing to levels that have never been seen before.
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