Today we had a different WBC Talk, via a transmission that brought us back with almost nostalgia, to those days when all the press met grouped together, with very special guests and with the President of the WBC, Mr. Mauricio Sulaimán, in the traditional “Martes de Café.”
Several weeks have passed. But in spite of the unusually number of death announcements, the event continues, safely and securely thanks to technology. Our colleagues from the specialized press linked at eleven o’clock in the morning to connect with WBC super flyweight champion Francisco Estrada, flyweight champion, Julio César Martínez, WBC bantamweight champion, Mariana Juárez, former champion Carlos Cuadras and promoter Guillermo Brito.
A virtual, but not literal “Coffee Tuesday” began by remembering the friends we have lost in the last weeks with a poignant video and the traditional bell tolls. A highly emotional moment, following which the WBC President urged everyone to be near loved ones.
He explained that the WBC implemented a security protocol to organize boxing matches if any promoter wishes to raise his hand in this regard, the foregoing must be adjusted to the requirements and guidelines of local and state authorities. He added that for now it would be very irresponsible to talk about times when everything begins to get back on track. However, he`s convinced that together and with solidarity, life will return to its course and that this episode will return us strengthened and with unique personal teachings.
Discussions with the champions, starting with Mariana Juárez who stated that the fight with Jackie Nava is closed and that it is only necessary to wait for things to normalize to have a new date. She added that this is a very important fight for the sport, the fans and for herself, because before thinking about retirement she wants to increase her legacy.
Regarding the preparation, Mariana expressed that she needs at least six weeks of training, because although she has been exercising at home, yet it is not the same as in the gym. Guillermo Brito said that even if some cards are held behind closed doors if this quarantine is extended, the fight between these two legendary champions will be postponed for the time necessary. This clash deserves all the world’s attention and will indeed be celebrated on a big stage.
Julio César Martínez, our proud WBC flyweight champion, stressed that the most important factor is to take care of the family . Of the plans for the defense of his championship, Julio assured that he only awaits the indications of his promoter and date. He also assured that he will be at least one more year in the fly division.
Super flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada, who when questioned about the rematch with Carlos Cuadras, said that this fight is a pending but he can certainly say that the fight would be easier because he already knows Cuadras’ style. He added that he is training according to the possibilities because with the contingency it is difficult to train as regularly. Yet he remains in shape and ready to demonstrate why he is the Green and Gold champion!
Unsurprisingly Cuadras, politely interjected, to suggest he`s more than ever he is ready to return to the path of success, expressing his determined desire to regain the title and be again the king of the division. He “mildly” warned Francisco that this time he’ll box him nice and he definitely won’t be caught again.
Best not to miss a single detail or a jot of everything that happened in this “Tuesday of Coffee” and enjoy this traditional conference, which is well worth undivided attention!