Exclusive: Clean Boxing Program talks, Ali memorial planned for 54th Covention, confirms WBC President
Mauricio Sulaiman will listen to all involved with the Clean Boxing Program once the WBC Convention kicks-off on December 11 in Miami, Florida.
The WBC CBP has been in the news lately after the first boxer, Lucas Browne test positive for a banned substance. The 37 year-old originally volunteered to take part but showed signs of ostarine in his system when being tested under VADA guidelines.
Sulaiman launched an immediate investigation into how the substance got into the Aussies sample and vowed to look into Browne’s supplement intake and training methods following what was a second failed test for the undefeated heavyweight.
Despite one failure, one fighter missing a test in Patrick Nielsen and three negative outcomes, Sulaiman is pleased with how things have begun for what was a highly ambitious and applaudable plan when first announced earlier this year.
“I’m very happy and proud when it comes to the WBC Clean Boxing Program,” Sulaiman exclusively told World Boxing News.
“It’s challenging and it’s demanding. It takes a lot of work and strength but it’s something that has resulted in a great program that will definitely change the sport of boxing and other sports.
“The CBP will be one of the main topics of discussion at the upcoming WBC convention. There are a lot of legal matters and education matters, so it’s leading to work being done by lots of people. It’s a big collaboration between managers, promoters, trainers, fighters and everybody participating.
“The vast majority signed up to the clean boxing program. In the first month, we had 25 fighters who did not sign up. Most of those 25 didn’t sign up but a couple of them retired. All in all, it’s a tremendous success,” he added.
Asked what other topics will be at the centre of the 54th Annual WBC Convention, Sulaiman replied: “We will be discussing the Presidential and Vice President elections and of course all the mandatory challengers and ratings for each division.
“We will also be doing a thorough ring official inauguration and certification program.
“We are going to have a beautiful memorial for Muhammad Ali and an awards presentation for the Best of 2016.
“This year, we are going to have some 70 world champions from the top of the top, including Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Julio Cesar Chavez, Roberto Duran, Naseem Hamed, Amir Khan, Marvin Hagler and so many other fighters turning up to show their support.
“It will be great to see the boxing family together.”