Jose Sulaiman: A Friend to WBN

Today’s announcement of the passing of World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman has hit me with much sadness as the sport loses a figurehead who has been at the top of his professional since 1975.

Jose Sulaiman died aged 82 on January 16, 2014, leaving behind a lasting legacy that will be tough to match through almost forty years at the helm of the WBC.

In my personal dealings with organisations, I would like to go on record as saying that Jose was right up there with the best of them at helping out World Boxing News with any and all inquiries that we ever had with the WBC, and I will be forever thankful to Jose for keeping me informed.

The man went out of his way to give me exclusive stories whenever I required them, never shirked any question put to him and was always honest in the answers that he gave back.

It is a sombre day as the WBC family has lost it’s father and Jose’s own family are now having to come to terms with their own grief at losing such an influential man, both at home and in his boxing role.

Mr. Sulaiman loved the sport, and only ever had boxing’s best interests at heart. He should be remembered fondly by those who were close to him and those who admired him, as boxing loses one the most recognisable figures of the past four decades – whose memory will live on.

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