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About World Boxing Council

The World Boxing Council™is Boxing's elite sanctioning body and has as its maximum priority to work and protect for athlete's safety and health inside and outside of the boxing ring.

TheWBC was founded in 1963 and now is composed by 165 countries from around the world. Some of our greatest champions are Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez, Oscar de La Hoya, Sugar Ray Leonard, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao among others.

Adolfo López Mateos, once president of Mexico, decided to create an organisation to manage the unification of all world committees to control the spread of the sport called boxing; this is how on February 14, 1963 the World Boxing Council came into existence; initially it was founded by 11 countries: USA, Argentina, England, France, Mexico, Philippines, Panama, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, and Brazil. Its main founders were Mexicans Luis Spota and Professor Ramon G. Velasquez, who were presidents of the World Boxing Council, as well as Onslow Fane, of England, and Justiniano Montano, of The Philippines.

So far there have been five people to hold the post of president of the WBC, but only one man has remained the absolute leader, by strengthening this organization as one of the most important internationally, Dr. Jose Sulaiman Chagnon, who became president of the organization on December 5, 1975 in Tunis. There Don José was unanimously elected as Chairman of the WBC during the Thirteenth Convention of the group, which took place at the Hotel Africa in Tunis.

At that time the WBC only had 21 affiliated countries, the organization currently has 164.

Ever since José Sulaiman took over the presidency, theWBChas evolved, risen up and transformed the way we look at this wonderful sport called boxing, for the organization, the most important thing is the safety, health and respect for the boxer who steps into the ring with a thirst to win, to please her/his public regardless of the risk she/he may face.

The first set of rules that revolutionized Boxing:

∙The reduction of the length of title fights from 15 to 12 rounds
∙The official weigh-in required 24 hours before the fights
∙The creation of divisions
∙The four-rope ring
∙The thumb-attached glove
∙Doping tests after each fight sanctioned by the WBC
∙Donations to UCLA for research
∙Annual medical examination to champions & classified boxers
∙Life and hospitalization insurance for those fighters involved in title fights
∙Retirement plans to support boxers in need throughout the world
∙The struggle against apartheid in South African boxing, which earned our president an acknowledgement from the United Nations

What's new...?

The WBC is an organization that is working and will continue to work tirelessly, with each of its members trying to position boxing as the number one sport, mostly to protect the fighter in all respects. The proof of this is that for 48 years, the World Boxing Council has organized its annual convention, featuring boxers, referees, promoters, judges and representatives of affiliated organizations from all over the world. In the last Convention, number 48, the following points were approved:

- The use of oxygen during fights. During the resting minute, the fighters will have access to oxygen.
- The use of a new certification of gloves as of 2012, to ensure they are within the parameters of safety for the boxers.
- The use of a written protocol for all that bandages must be, what is permitted as well as what is not permitted, so that it can be dealt with in the same way throughout the world.
- The referees have the authority to stop the fight when an opponent is in poor condition and does not have the slightest opportunity to emerge victorious.

We cannot fail to mention one of the most important aspects with its altruistic concept that is being carried out by this organization, which is the creation of WBC Cares, a charitable organization under the leadership of the World Boxing Council, aiming to bring a message of hope and inspiration through world-class athletes who visit youth centers, hospitals and orphanages.

What’s to come...?

- It is already confirmed that there will be a project to create a new form of world boxing championships to be known as "Premier" which will result in the unification of the titles of the four organizations that currently rule the sport.
- All fighters will receive a "passport" with their medical data allowing them to prevent sports accidents in their fights in the ring.
- The International Boxing passport, which will come into effect in mid 2011, will protect the boxers from accidents and so-called pirates of boxing.
- The creation of an amateur boxing tournament at regional and national levels and in the future at a global level, aiming to look for new boxing idols.

From the moment president Jose Sulaiman was elected, theWBChas sanctioned approximately 1.836 title fights on five continents, with the participation of the greatest boxers of all time, including: Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Julio Cesar Chavez, Tommy Hearns, Marvin Hagler, Oscar De La Hoya, Ruben Olivares, Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, to name a few.

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