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Golden Gloves Show; Mauricio Sulaiman new WBC President

All things in Colorado amateur boxing leading to the Golden Gloves tourney

This Saturday afternoon, February 22nd, the Colorado Golden Gloves presents Rocky Mountain Thunder IV, an amateur boxing show featuring local boys and girls at the Colorado Golden Gloves Gym, 6161 W. 44th Ave. in Wheatridge, with ticket prices for adults $10, youth 9-17 $8 and kids 8 and under FREE.

In addition there will be raffle tickets ($10 each) for sale with the prize being a chance to win one beautiful 51” Samsung flat screen television the winner (need not be present) announced on Saturday night March 29th during the Finals of the Colorado Golden Gloves State Tournament held at the Crowne Plaza Events Center, I-70 & Chambers in Denver.

For pre-match or general information call either Coach Manuel: 720-260-1658 or Coach Bern-Dog: 720-862-4912.

With the passing last month (January 16th) of 82 years-old longtime WBC President Jose Sulaiman after a lengthy illness, the WBC (World Boxing Council) last week announced his 44 years-old son, Mauricio Sulaiman, was voted unanimously (26-0) by the various WBC federations and Board Of Governors as his father’s replacement in Mexico City, him now the WBC’s sixth President.

The elder Sulaiman had served as the WBC President since 1975 with the younger Sulaiman by his father’s side as his chief advisor and holding the position of WBC Executive Secretary for close to a decade.

Jose Sulaiman leaves as part of his legacy being a major influence in changing weigh-ins from the day of a fight to the day before (allowing time to rehydrate), having gloves with the thumbs attached (helping prevent eye injuries) and championship fights reduced from 15 to 12 rounds, all in the name of safety.

The reign of Jose Sulaiman included controversy, him responsible for rankings seemingly favoring his personal favorites and offering more than one title in the same division.

Should Mauricio Sulaiman choose to address these concerns with a positive direction and the same allegiance fostered by his father towards boxer safety, the WBC could soon reclaim its position as the most respected sanctioning body in boxing.

FYI: The increasing stable of young, quality fighters contracted with Top Rank (Bob Arum) continues to improve with the signing of 2012 Olympic light heavyweight bronze medalist Alexander Gvozdyk, who will debut sometime later this year.

Arum had no problem securing the services of Gvozdyk after previously signing fellow Ukranian and 2-times Olympic featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (1-0, 1 KO).

Stephen Johnson feature writes for BORICUA, UNTIL THE NEXT and UNDISPUTED FIGHT

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