Five years have passed since Mauricio Sulaiman Saldivar, in an extraordinary meeting held in Mexico City, was elected President of the World Boxing Council, following the passing of his beloved Father Don José Sulaimán, who led the WBC for 38 years.
At that special meeting representatives of the African Boxing Union, Asian Boxing Council, the British Boxing Board of Control, the Caribbean Boxing Federation, the North American Federation, European Boxing Union, the South American Federation, among others, were in attendance.
Mauricio received 34 votes from the members of Board of Governors and was unanimously elected as WBC President on that historic day.
Today, with the same exemplary values with which Don José promoted, striving with commitment, honesty, responsibility, respect, solidarity and friendship, Mauricio continues to work tirelessly to improve boxing, consolidating and advancing the WBC as the most important sanctioning body in the entire world.
Some of the projects that Mauricio has focused upon, achieved, and realized are: Cooperation with the foundation of Pope Francis, Scholas Occurrentes, the Presidencial Pardon granted to first African-American heavyweight champion Jack Johnson by U.S. President Donald Trump, the programs for social reintegration together with security institutions, the “Boxing Against Obesity program,” development and continuity of the Clean Boxing Program, constant work leading to the significant advancement of the Jose Sulaimán Champions Fund, Amateur Boxing Development, Nutrition Committee, Safety Committee with pre-weigh ins and mandatory medical exams, and adaptive boxing development, among many other initiatives, actions, and programs.
The WBC family celebrates the fifth anniversary of our leader Mauricio Sulaiman. He’s shaping his own history, exercising leadership, wisdom and tenacity, which has allowed him to break down complicated obstacles, solve problems, help people, always working for better and more humane boxing, everything with the absolute collaboration of all WBC members around the world, maintaining the unity, reciprocity and friendship, with the absolute priority of making boxing better and safer for all the fighters.
Many congratulations, Mauricio!