Let’s KO discrimination!

By Mauricio Sulaiman
Son of Jose Sulaiman / President of the WBC

Boxing is global, it has no barriers, walls or borders. It is inclusive by nature, it shows diversity in realities, practices, customs and religions. There is no discrimination in boxing, a fighter from the United States is the same and has the exact same rights as one from Nigeria, Japan or Nicaragua.

One of the most important values for the World Boxing Council is and always will be to fight against racial discrimination. When discrimination occurs, it produces abuse of power that culminates in terrible acts of injustice.

Boxing is an honorable sport. In each fight it lifts marks of humanism and greatness. After every single fight, the two warriors culminate actions with an emotional embrace in the center of the ring, recognizing their mutual virtues and qualities. Then, they thank God for their health.

They all went through complicated processes to become a professional boxer and more to get to contest for a world title. They had to sacrifice, to be very disciplined and dedicated to becoming world champions. They represent their families, neighborhoods, states and countries.

We have as a high priority the constant training of ring officials. Just as the life of the boxers is in the hands of the referee, justice is in the hands of the judges. Whoever stands out in the actions must be the winner and there is no worse situation than a bad decision. That changes the outcome of the fight, irreparably affecting the career of a fighter.

Perhaps one of the greatest achievements of our WBC is fighting apartheid in South Africa, under the leadership of Nelson Mandela who struggled against racial discrimination and won. Muhammad Ali joined our veto imposed due to apartheid to that country and refused to fight there. And so many more boxers and promoters, in addition to other sports, joined us until this inhumane practice was abolished. The United States decreed the abolition of slavery on June 19, 1865. The state of Texas confirmed the national decree, ending this practice that was very popular in many states of the American Union, celebrated as “Juneteenth.”

The World Boxing Council will join this celebration of justice, equality and humaneness with a variety of activations throughout the month.

Another great moment related to this matter was achieved, after more than 30 years of struggle, the presidential pardon of Jack Johnson, the first African American world heavyweight champion, who was imprisoned for a racial crime. After more than a century, on May 24, 2018, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, granted his pardon to this important icon of boxing at the Oval Room of the White House.

Did you know…?

Jack Johnson, historic heavyweight champion, fought at a time when African Americans were not treated well in America. He was always against racial discrimination. He got married to white women different times.

He committed “misdemeanors,” according to that time’s discrimination practices, and was punished for that. Time went by and finally 3 years ago, the United States president, Donald Trump, granted him a pardon.

The belt of the World Boxing Council was placed at the presidential desk that morning, the single case this has happened in all boxing history.

Today’s anecdote

My dad was a man full of love. He learned that from my grandmother, Wasila, who passed at the young age of 41.

“My mommy asked me to always do good every day. If at the end of the day, on my way home, I felt like I didn’t do something extraordinary for someone else, I had to stop to offer help to someone who needed it,” this is the kind of thing my dad told us while we grew up.

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  • A lesson in morality from the WBC. Alrighty then. Better from them than the WBA I guess. Slightly.

  • Hmmm…As long as programs exist that grant privileges to groups by race and skin color, discrimination will always be around. Kinda tired of hearing about discrimination when the biggest group of discriminates is the US Government. Please go apply for financial aid in college or maybe apply for a US Government job and tell me separatists’ behaviors don’t exist. It’s all hypocritical to me.

    • What programs scooby doo. Your name is fitting. Another idiot winer. Have you even the slightest idea of what goes on corporate America? All these supposed programs you speak of do very little, because economically very little has changed for people of color in this country unless you view being able to eat at a restaurant freely as progress. Hate to see knucklehead comments from people who fail to see the big picture.

      • Not a whiner. The way you spelled it as “winer” makes me an alcoholic, correct? Simply stating facts regardless of any programs do “little” or “a lot” for anybody. Besides, did I even mention any color of skin in particular? Nope. Kp, I hate to see comments from those who seem to know-it-all, but failed grammar school with the distinction from “winer” to “whiner”. Just sayin’…

  • While we’re at it, let’s K.O. discrimination against people who refuse to get a certain medical shot.

  • Let’s KO the major sanctioning bodies who have ruined the sport with titles, weight classes and virtue signalling in the name of “wokeism”

  • Funny they would even put out this article when WBC is one of most racist organizations. Not Mexican in anything under Heavyweight no title shot

  • Personally I’m sick of sporting writers and other media types as well as associations and sport networks with their political fad wokeness who constantly feel the need to ramble on about something that happened many many moons ago as if it is still relevant today. Face it the most wealthy fighters today are either black, Hispanic, and some Asian dude named Manny. Ever since the domestic terrorist hate group in BLM came on the scene every writer and network, and sports association feel the need to join in on the groupthink propaganda. That is why I quit watching the NBA, MLB, and the NFL.

  • Another glowies talking shat about discrimination. Why not talk about real issues like corruption in boxing?

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