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My first month as WBC President

One month has gone by after The WBC Board of Governors placed their trust on me and voted unanimously to honor my father, Jose Sulaiman and appointed me as his successor in the presidency of the organization.

It has been a confusing process, mixed feelings and very long days of endless commitments. The so many demonstrations of care received from all over the world have given my family the greatest feeling of pride we could ever imagine, it has been a month full of great moments in honor of the memory of Don Jose.

I wish to acknowledge some of those who have made this month special and have given me the motivation to take on this task in which i will work relentlessly to continue the work of my father and try to make boxing better and safer.

The memorial aired by Showtime and beautiful words by Jimmy Lennon, Televisa, Tv Azteca, Cadena 3, Lo Mejor del Boxeo, Telemundo, Univision, Wapa and all the promoters involved in those shows, the 12 bell count, the Photos, the messages… thank you so much to all.

The Horse Race Track “Hipodromo de las Americas” instituted the “Jose Sulaiman Derby” and will be raced every second saturday of february.

ArchBishop Antonio Chedraui , head of the Orthodox Church in Mexico presented the “Medal of St George of honor” in a beautiful ceremony in Mexico.

Sport City and Marti named the 6 and 12 k race “The Jose Sulaiman Champions Race” and 4500 ran in Mexico City, it has also been instituted as a yearly event .

“The European Memorial mass of Thanksgiving and Celebtation for the Life of Jose Sulaiman” was organized in London and, The British Boxing Board of Control, The European Boxing Union and many members of the boxing community gathered together in this celebration. It was very special to be with great champions, including Ricky Hatton, John Conteh, John Stracey, Barry Mcguigan, Scott welch; Dear Promoters, including Barry and Eddy Hearn , Salvatore Cherchi, Phillipe Fondu, Nisse Sauerland, ring officials and many other members and friends.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr dedicated his rematch vs Vera to the memory of my dear father, touching moments coming from the Chavez family who have been so dear to the Sulaiman family; On the same day Zulina Muñoz defended her WBC Female Championship and also dedicated her victory to my father…

The National Chamber of Communicattions dedicated it’s yearly celebration of “The Day of the Family”, a celebration which gathered 30 thousand persons in Mexico City.

Don King visiting Mexico with Dana Jamison, seeing him confused and shaken up as this is the first time ever he arrives in Mexico and his friend Jose was not there to greet him…

I attended my first mega fight in Las Vegas with heavy emotions and was humbled by the so many kind attentions received from everyone, The Nevada State Athletic Commission was incredible, I felt so welcome, so special… Golden Boy Promotions members where extremely kind and caring as well as Al Haymon, many friends extended beautiful messages and specially the boxers! I am still vibrating from seeing “Perro Angulo” and his team walking into the ring with an uniform designed to honor my father, Jorge Linarez wearing a black ribbon on his shorts, and Leo Santacruz and Yeyo Thompson dedicating their fights to the honor of my father…

Finally, Puerto Rico, to witness the tour to promote the mega fight between WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez vs Miguel Cotto. The Puerto Rico Commission , All the promoters present, Lou Dibella, Sampson, Cotto Promotions and Top rank and all sharing special words about my father, Todd, Carl, Gaby and Miguel de Pablos… Both Martinez and Cotto acknowledging my dad in front of thousand of fans…

A busy month, heavy burden, many memories, some sad quiet times but overall a great month of joy, celebrating the life of my dear father.