Don José Sulaimán, the Father of Boxing, I’d be turning ninety-one years
Ninety-one years ago in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, an extraordinary person was born, who would go on to become the most brilliant innovator in our Sport! Don José Sulaimán Chagnon, the most important Commissioner in the history of Boxing.
Don José spent part of his childhood and youth in Ciudad Valles, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. He became a keen and talented athlete, with firm inclinations towards boxing and baseball.
He stood out in boxing even as a child, and later he would hold all the existing jobs of promoter, commissioner, referee, judge and administrator, settling in Mexico City, spending the rest of his long and fruitful life in the Capitol.
Don Jose was appointed the Executive Secretary of the World Boxing Council, and then became President.
He worked tirelessly for almost four decades, always serving with total dedication, creating, and shaping monumental and historic changes of enormous significance in medicine, while constantly improving the rules, by insuring they became more humane for the most important folk…the boxers themselves.
These tremendous developments and improvements are by far the best and the most significant in history and this is recognized worldwide.
As the Father of Modern Boxing, Don Jose left us a fantastic legacy for his beloved World Boxing Council. The most important of the boxing organizations, with 166 affiliated countries, magnificent champions in all divisions, plus records and statistics that in other times and other eras were unthinkable and unattainable.
Don Jose gave boxing a fresh new face, taking it from a show blemished and tarnished spectacle with extreme violence and danger, to what it is today, with properly matched fights, governed by vigilant and caring rules which take care at all times of those who have the tenacity and courage to climb up into the ring.
Even though boxing continues to hold and contain risks, as do all contact sports, these cannot be compared to the stark, staggering, and rudimentary conditions which prevailed in the past.
Our Life President passed away on January 14, 2014. Don Jose will forever be remembered for his knowledge, wisdom, spirit, dedication, determination, kindness, love and laughter which uniquely characterized him making him AN ALL TIME GREAT.
The path which Don Jose opened up on December 5, 1975, when he was unanimously elected WBC President in Tunis, Tunisia, will continue as a trail blazing highway and a beacon of hope, faith and progression.
All those who really knew Don Jose Sulaiman Chagnon, so cherish the meaningful and heartfelt title he bestowed for loyalty, hard work and trustworthy consistency: “My Good Friend.”