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ROUND 12: WBC BOXING AT ITS BEST


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By Mauricio Sulaiman

 

WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

 

What a sensational week we had in boxing! From THAI hero Wangheng Menayothin 9th title defense reaching 50-0, to the UK with WBC Emeritus champion Tony Bellew demolishing David Haye, to the 5 de Mayo Extravaganza in which Women´s boxing took a huge step forward with an instant classic Braekhus vs Reis and GGG spectacular performance knocking out brave Vanes Martyrosian.

 

As I was flying over the pacific, on my way to Thailand, I could only think of my father and how much he loved such country, known as the Land of smiles. WBC VicePresident, General Kovid Bhakdibhumi, greeted me with his warm smile and took me to The Oriental Hotel to room 1010, which was my father’s favorite in the whole world. I attended the Asian Boxing Council annual awards event and was extremely happy to be with some legendary champions, such as, Pongsaklek Wongkongham, Chatchai Sasakul and many other boxing greats. Current WBC Superfly king was awarded the fighter of the year trophy.

 

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Wangheng Menayothin defended his title for the 9th time knocking out mandatory contender Leroy Estrada from Panama in 5 rounds. The little giant is now 50-0 in professional boxing after a Muaythai career with over 350 bouts and very few losses.

 

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Tony Bellew is on top of the world. He has cleared any doubts and is now glorified. Bellew has overcome obstacles, sacrificed and passionately worked harder than anyone to make his dreams come true. As reigning WBC cruiser weight champion, a life changing opportunity arrived, to fight David Haye at heavyweight. Bellew would only accept such if the WBC approved. He was appointed Emeritus champion and as such represents the organization in all capacities inside and outside the ring. He has defeated Haye twice and even though fame and money has come in abundance, he remains as kind and humble as ever. A true pride of the WBC.

 

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5 DE MAYO celebration was a huge success. StubHub center is a great place for boxing and this time was no exception. HBO featured for the first time ever a Women’s bout and it turned out to be a thrilling contest. Cecilia Braekus is considered the pound per pound queen and faced former WBC middle weight champ Reiss. Cecilia was knocked down for the first time in her career and had to work very hard to retain her titles by decision, the crowd got what they asked for and Cecilia announced a rematch ! Cecilia was presented a beautiful bracelet as an special award for winning the 5 de Mayo co feature.BRAEKHUS REIS

 

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Golovkin who is now GGGG as a G has been added for “gentleman “, was determined to get back in the ring and fight for his fans. It took extensive work and extreme difficulties to put together a fight card in less than 3 weeks but it happened and was a great night of boxing. Vanes Martyrosian was brave and took the fight to Golovkin since the opening bell, even winning the first round, then came the spectacular demonstration of speed, power and precision, a 9 punch combination which ended the fight with fireworks.

 

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The 5 de Mayo commemorative belt was awarded to Gennady and he wouldn’t take it off, understanding the value of representing the world in such an important date for the sport. The beauty of this unique piece of art carries the history of Mexico and its culture.

 

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The WBC also begun the long awaited and very well deserved recognition to boxing trainers. Trainers who crown a WBC champion will receive a special award which is a belt inspired in the trainers traditional towel. Avel Sanchez received his this past Saturday.abel award

 

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Many more great fights to come in this already sensational 2018, stay tuned and be ready to fasten your WBC belt.

 

Thank you and I welcome any comments, ideas or recommendations at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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