As Premier Boxing Champions chief Al Haymon faces a second lawsuit from a rival promoter, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has given WBN his thoughts on the man who is a hot topic of divided opinions in boxing.
Haymon is being accused of attempting to block out rivals, along with repeated violations of the Muhammad Ali act, as Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and Bob Arum’s Top Rank corporation seek damages totalling $400 million.
On the flipside, Haymon’s PBC has been a TV revelation since its launch last year and readily made big time championship fights widely accessible to the US fans, something Sulaiman took full consideration of when speaking to WBN over the phone on Friday.
“The WBC has obligations to look for the best for boxing and as we have seen (with the PBC) to have open (national) television it is a great opportunity for many boxers and for the sport,” Sulaiman exclusively told World Boxing News.
“We are not getting involved in politics or assumptions, we are just being supportive of what is good for the sport. We have seen now legal action that has complicated all the matters and everything is confusing.
“I hope everything gets resolved because the sport of boxing is great and to have open television is a great window for many, many, many fighters.”
Sulaiman then stated that addressing other hostile situations in boxing is also something that he would like to see happen in the near future.
“It’s a problem we need to solve. Promoters fighting promoters, organisations fighting organisations, commissions, managers. Fighter’s being signed and leaving managers and trainers who helped them throughout their careers.
“We have to try and do what we can to solve it,” he added.”
Haymon has put together a massive stable of 200 plus fighters and counting, although GBP and Top Rank are certain that Floyd Mayweather’s advisor is not giving everybody a level playing field as a messy court battle prepares to unfold in a bid to settle their differences.