A very special Online meeting between World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman with WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence and challenger Danny Garcia, prior to the first Absolute Title Fight with an audience, since the Pandemic swept over and into every corner of the World.
Up first was Errol Spence, who`s an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, thrilled to be fighting in their cavernous stadium in Arlington, this Saturday night. Fellow Cowboys enthusiast Mauricio was able to show the champion an array of Cowboys shirts he himself has collected over the years, and even some Dallas Cowboys boxing gloves, because he too is an enthusiast. Errol and his girlfriend have just welcomed a baby son, so Mauricio is promising to bring along a mini WBC Belt.
For Errol, winning a Green and Gold Belt, was more than a thrill to be counted alongside greats Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and Sugar Ray Leonard. He said: “Winning the belt was a blessing, because I always wanted it. Winning this belt also meant a lot to my Dad and my family who are so proud of me.” Following the car accident, Errol has appreciated being around his family all the more.
Mauricio mentioned the Heroes for Humanity Awards which will be presented on Fight Night to courageous people, who have selflessly stepped up during the pandemic and saved so many lives, by risking their own. Those people who have kept working and provided service, during these most difficult times. They will receive awards, certificates and medals. Errol knows about this first hand, because one of his aunts is a registered nurse.
Quietly confident of success on Saturday and of receiving the special WBC Belt depicting the Health Care Hero, with Angel wings and donning boxing gloves, Errol said his aim and gratitude has been focused towards survival and recovery from the car accident, and then re-focusing his life, energy and determination for the most important people in his life, graciously commenting: “A lot of questions need to be answered. Danny is a tough opponent. No one has defeated him outright. I`m fighting a great champion in Danny Garcia.“
The World Boxing Council has nominated the coming twelve months as: “The Year of Boxing.” So many milestone anniversaries come to fruition in 2021. The ninetieth birthdays of legendary Promoters Don King and Bob Arum. The hundredth anniversary of the birth of Sugar Ray Robinson. The centenary of the first million dollars fight which was between Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney, the half century anniversary of the first titanic fight between Ali and Frazier. The launching of the Opus 100 Boxing Book, thirty five years since Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion…to name but a few. So the Spence Vs Garcia fight will prove an apt and fitting prelude to the Year of Special Milestones.
On to Danny Garcia, who is an Eagles fan. Green as well as Green and Gold are Danny`s favorite colors and he`s a proud representative of Philadelphia, where he was born. Danny is glad and grateful that everyone in his family has remained healthy, which he counts as a blessing. He`s spent most of the year at home, eating and doing a bit of running too. He said: “On December 5th, it`s going to be a great fight, and I can`t wait to bring the Belt back to Philly. The aim is to knock him out. We don`t want to leave it in the hands of the Judges.” Mauricio is suggesting that Danny vacation in Cancun to relax after the fight, and Danny commented: “I`ll hold you to that one!” Danny says the WBC welterweight belt is so prestigious. His top five heroes are: Duran, Trinidad, Leonard, Mayweather: “And Packman is right up there too!“
Danny also well knows the impact and effect of the pandemic, as his wife is a nurse, mentioning that Covid 19 is peaking again in the United States. Their young daughter was at school, but the schools have again closed, and Danny is grateful for all the help of his Mum in these difficult times. Danny and Dad is also an essential and precious bond. Angel is a tremendous inspiration and invaluable asset to his son.
Mauricio thanked both Errol and Danny for what they do saying: “You are tremendous examples.“