19 Jun 2007

WBC President Dr Jose Sulaiman has joined four times world champion
Roberto Duran and boxing great champion Pernel Whitaker as inductees
into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Dr Sulaiman was honored with a motorcade parade through Canastota in
the State of New York where the Hall of Fame has a boxing museum.

In 1975 Dr Sulaiman became the WBC President and, over three decades,
has been responsible for bringing in greater safety for boxers
including reducing world championship rounds from 15 to 12, making the
weigh-in mandatory 24 hours prior to each bout, the creation of
intermediate weight divisions and the creation of the World Medical

"To be inducted into the Hall of Fame is the greatest honour of my
life," Dr Sulaiman told hundreds of cheering spectators who attended
the induction ceremony.

During Sulaiman's tenure the WBC has sanctioned over 1100 title bouts
and 300 boxers have won world titles. The WBC has expanded into 161
affiliated nations.

OUR President, Jose Sulaiman, as of last Sunday June 10th 2007, is one of the distinguished members of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, site into which he was inducted because of his unquestionable merits in an uninterrupted work of over 50 years, always looking for the best to our sport.

We do not want to be reiterative when talking about what the WBC maximum leader has done for the fist show, and above all, for boxers, people who he pointed out to the audience during his speech when the induction took place in Canastota, New York, he called them "my children"; nevertheless we all know the number of rules that have been changed thanks to his work, enthusiasm and knowledge which have served to protect those who get in a ring, in every way.
Jose Sulaiman has led the WBC for 32 years, period of time in which he has changed Boxing more than it did from antiquity to 1975, when he became President of our organization during the convention carried out in Tunisia.

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