WBC address Canelo defense, Joshua v Wilder and doping at Convention
World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman is praising the iron determination of all time heavyweight Champion great and now Mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko to bring the WBC Convention to Ukraine.
In a wide-ranging interview with the Convention Press, Mauricio said that with destiny Vitali became Mayor of Kiev. This came after his dazzling boxing career and the WBC is honored he is this year’s host.
He also pointed out that Ukraine is building a legacy putting itself on the boxing map, with some great champions.
One of the multitude of themes is mandatory deferences. With new middleweight champion Saúl “Canelo” Alvarez, Jermall Charlo is the interim champion and official contender, but prior to that Canelo is seeking a December defense.
The heavyweight division is complicated but for the best of reasons, with high caliber and quality around. Attractive for WBC Champion Deontay Wilder, but everyone wants the long awaited showdown with Anthony Joshua.
The Convention will be stressing its anti-doping policies through the Clean Boxing Program. Mauricio said most cases are accidents.
And this is why it is so important for trainers and the boxers themselves to understand the protocols. While assessing and fairly dealing with more obvious lapses of judgement.
He said: “We are absolutely battling doping. We are the only organization doing that, with an awareness and teaching program. The Mia John news came out as a crisis, but it’ll eventually help others.”
Concerning all the problems of AIBA with amateur boxing, Mauricio said it has to meet various conditions and standards by November and if not, this will risk participation in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
The WBC has contacted the IOC offering independent help and experience to organize an international federation, for Boxing to return to its origins.