Today is a very special day for me, as it is my birthday, reminding me of my life purpose and this gives us the opportunity to start over, rethink goals and build new dreams.
But also, it is a day to humbly give thanks for all the blessings we have, no matter how big or small, and precisely today, the best birthday gift I can have is to present these special WBC awards to men and women who from their trenches have joined to provide support and be the voices as well as actions of a better future.
This has undoubtedly been the most challenging year for all of us. A year that will forever be marked in human history, as the Covid-19 pandemic, which drastically changed the way we live, our way of interacting and discovering the world. Life as we knew it changed. What initially seemed something harmless suddenly turned against us. So the closeness, the coexistence, the hugs, the kisses suddenly became a real danger. The only safe thing was to stay at home … the pandemic struck out against the whole world.
However, despite all the sadness and heartache, this pandemic has wrought like everything in life, there is a good side, because being confronted by this relentless enemy made us reinvent ourselves, resurface amid so much adversity and once again realize that the world It is full of good, incredibly brave and positive people, capable of giving of themselves in actions full of empathy, with the banner of love and carrying a beacon of hope. It`s shone this light, by taking a step forward to fill us with faith and let us know that we are not alone.
From the bottom of my heart, alongside our dear Jill Diamond and all of us who are part of the WBC family, we want to acknowledge your effort, your bravery, your courage, your dedication…. with deep gratitude and we can only say:
José Ramirez – for his help to agricultural workers during the pandemic
Mia St. John – for her work with girls in need
Heather Hardy-for her fight for gender equality
Tiara Brown – for always seeking to impart the law fairly and honestly
Kali Reiss – for defending indigenous rights
Saúl Álvarez – for joining the Red Nose Foundation’s campaign to build a new shelter for children and women who fight cancer every day
Javier Castillejos – for enlisting as a volunteer of the Red Cross to help with the elderly in Parla, Madrid.
Lonnie Ali (Ali Foundation) to Laila Ali (Feeding America)
Floyd Mayweather for his support of Devin Haney
Saul Alvarez for his support of Ryan García
Shawn Porter – for joining Julie Brown’s fight against cancer
Lil Oscar Cantu – for the beautiful weeklies he has imparted on the importance of family values
Charlie Hall -for his tireless message to combat bullying
Ikram Kerwat-for his work in the refugee camps
Kim Clavel – for returning to her job as a nurse during this pandemic
Walter Sanoi – for returning to work as a paramedic during this pandemic
Larry Donald – for being on the battle line transporting patients
Julio Cesar Chavez – for his unconditional support for Rosendo Alvarez in his rehabilitation
Cecilia Braekhus – for being an ambassador for various educational programs
Christy Martin – for being the voice to raise awareness about domestic violence
Badou Jack – for providing refugee children around the world with adequate daily nutrition to enable their healthy development
Saul Alvarez– for changing the life of a young girl and paying for her surgery to walk again, as well as her therapies
Manny Pacquiao – for donating tests and masks as well as buses to the Philippine government to transport health workers.
Sugar Ray – for his tireless work in front of the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation where he works in the research and care of pediatric type one and two diabetes
Mike Tyson – for being an ambassador for the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation, a foundation that promotes sport as a means to combat some of the world’s toughest social challenges facing young people today.
Erik Morales – for donating his salary to the rehabilitation of parks and recreation centers.
Tyson Fury – Mental Wellness Ambassador
Melisa St Vil – for being a voice in the fight to raise awareness about autism
Callum Smith – WBC Ambassador to Bring awareness about Autism
Ryan Garcia – for being a voice and raising awareness about epilepsy
Claressa Shields – for being part of GENYOUTH, an organization dedicated to youth wellness, where healthy and high-performing futures are built.
Devin Haney – for helping and providing food to homeless people
Mikey Garcia-for his participation in “The Polar Express” a rally with more than 100 cars full of toys that were delivered to hundreds of children in Los Angeles, California.
Leo Santacruz-for his participation in “The Polar Express” a rally with more than 100 cars full of toys that were delivered to hundreds of children in Los Angeles, California.
Israel Vázquez – for being an inspiration to others and always carrying a message of hope
Boyd has traveled the world as a warrior and a true peacemaker. As a boxer, he donated his purses for the investigation of paralysis victims. As a person of mixed heritage, he uses his personal knowledge to bring people together. Involved in many causes, supporting many people, we are proud that he is our WBC Ambassador for Peace.
Amir Khan – For being a strong promoter of boxing in the Middle East
Vitali Klitschko – For being a strong promoter of boxing in Ukraine
Ellen Fields-a promising athlete who damaged her legs in a car accident. Despite that, her fighting spirit was undiminished. Now, she thrives as an instructor with WBC Cares UK Adaptive boxing.
Tony Harrison – the former WBC world champion, lost his father and his trainer to Covid. However, even in pain, he opened his gym for needy children in Detroit, in order to give them a better life.
Dorian Bostick-Suleimen Awards finalist, spent his youth in foster care. He now he is a boxer with a master’s degree and is working his way towards his PhD.
Despite their youth, they have become an example for many children and young people to focus their lives on sports and study. They have shown that one of the fundamental principles of life is to do what we want with passion, effort and discipline.
Two-time world champion, boxing idol who boxed since he was eight years old and dedicated his life to the sport.
Perhaps they do not put on their gloves and get on the ring in a fight of 10 or 12 rounds, but their actions and their love of this sport have brought them here, because each one from their trench has achieved actions that fill us with hope and faith.
Paul Rodriquez jr