QUOTE (AZWildCat @ Jan 16 2014, 10:37 PM)
THE WBC IS THE PREMIER TITLE IN BOXING. JOSE'S CONTRABUTION TO THE SPORT IS EVIDENT. HE WILL BE MISSED. RIP
The WBA and the WBC were always the main titles of boxing in my view. All the others were off-sets. For instance, the IBF formed when Bob Lee lost a bid for the WBA Presidency to longtime President Gilberto Mendosa Sr. He formed the IBF because he believed that African-American fighters were not getting proper respect from the other organizations. The WBO began under the leadership of Edward Levine and about twenty other delegates who left the WBA because they did not like the way President Mendosa was running the organization.
However, the main two organizations the WBA formed in 1962 and the WBC formed in 1963 represented the first international representation of world championships on the world stage. Before that time, so much of boxing was in a very good way Americanized, but it is to the WBA and WBC's credit that showed how fighters from other countries and nations, could symbolically compete beyond American shores. Look at the wonderfully enthusiastic Mexican, Latino, and Latin-American crowds who come together to show great loyalty to their love of fighters and their country. Mexican boxing has such a strong and symbolic heritage with its loyalty and dedication. Jose Suliman, despite the negatives and favoritism he may have shown to certain fighters and promoters, was a very motivational and inspirational leader in boxing. For instances his dedication to the safety of fighters, the use of preliminary weigh-in's, working with doctors other medical authorities to study the fighter as a whole person, His past, present, and future. For example, back in about 1981, when they did pre-fight physicals, doctors listed to a fighters' heart, checked pulse, and blood pressure. That was all. Today you have CAT-Scans, MRI's, life insurance program policies to help fighters, the "WBC Cares" for under privileged children suffering from life-threatening illnesses in hospitals. Jose would often take his time to visit the kids and console them.
Jose Sulaiman and the WBC Medical Board were innovators in areas such as mandatory drug-testing for all WBC fights since 1976, the required four-ring rope, the reduction of championship fights from 15 to 12 rounds, preliminary weigh-in's, the use of instant replay to review controversial calls pending commission approval. All of these things were elements that Jose Sulaiman brought to the sport. His influence no matter what one may think of him will never be forgotten! In my view, I always believed that Jose Suliaman was the most active and dedicated boxing federation President. He never stopped working or dedicating his life to the sport he loved.