SPAIN QUITS PRO BOXING AND LEAVES THE WBC
The Spanish Boxing Federation announces it'll stop all activities related to professional boxing and the World Boxing Council and instead work with AIBA- the International Amateur Boxing Association.
Antonio Martin Galan, the President of the Spanish Federation said his group will focus on amateur boxing.
WBC middleweight champion, Argentine Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez developed a key part of his early career in Spain. It was there that he received help, protection and opportunities always endorsed by the Spanish Federation, when was directed by Ruben Martinez, who was also the WBC Vice President.
Regarding this situation Martinez stressed:
"It's a regrettable decision for Spanish professional boxing leaving the Spanish Boxing Federation and WBC. It can only be understood if this decision has been taken to safeguard the interests of the Olympic boxing under intolerable pressure.
"The monopolies that they want to create are harmful to competition and to the boxing industry. I do not understand why the Spanish Boxing Federation decided to quit the WBC, as both the current president Antonio Martin Galan, the late Ruben Martinez and Don Jose Sulaiman, have been essential in my professional development. To them I can only say that they have my gratitude and I have been, am and will be until the day I retire, a champion of the WBC. "
A HISTORY MADE BY ACHIEVEMENTS AND CHAMPIONS
Spanish Professional boxing had its beginnings in the early decades of the last century, basking in the exploits of some sensational fighters, several of which won world titles.
There have been eleven Iberian boxers who've reached the pinacle. Among them, the most recent recognized are: Javier Castillejo, who reigned super welterweight division. There were the lightweights Pedro Carrasco, "Perico" Fernandez and Miguel Velazquez, all with the support of our organization, and more including Jose Manuel Duran, Cecilio Lastra, José Antonio López Well, Gabriel Campillo, Kiko Martinez and Jorge Mata.
The first Spanish fighter who conquered a world title was bantamweight Baltazar Sangchilli. Also there were other idols of enormous quality, the greatest of them all, Basque Paulino Uzcudun, who fought the best heavyweights of his time, including Joe Louis.
Now, with a new chapter of this story, Spanish boxing has now slipped into a pothole which obviously doesn't benefit anyone.