DON JOSÉ SULAIMÁNTHE AMAZING LIFE OF A BOXING LEGEND AND HIS LEGACY

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Episodes:
1 x 60 min.
Year of production:
2011
Original languaje: English
Voice over: Spanish available / Other languages on demand
Subtitles: English
Screen size: HD
FTP Delivery: No
Category: Boxing / Documentary

José Sulaimán Chagnón (born May 30, 1931 in Ciudad Valles, San Luis Potosí, Mexico, died at the age of 82 in Los Angeles on January 16, 2014) was a boxing official of Lebanese-descent.He was the president of the World Boxing Council.

Sulaimán boxed as an amateur and has served as a trainer, promoter, referee, and judge. However, he is best known as an administrator for more than three decades.

At the age of 16, he was on the boxing commission in San Luis Potosí, México. In 1968, he joined the World Boxing Council (WBC) and quickly moved through the ranks.

On December 5, 1975, Sulaiman was unanimously elected president of the WBC and has served in that capacity

ever since. Under Sulaimán’s leadership, the WBC has instituted many new rules and regulations regarding boxers’ safety and welfare.

Among the changes are the reduction of world championship bouts from 15 rounds to 12, the official weigh-in 24 hours prior to each bout, the creation of intermediate weight divisions, the creation of the World Medical Congress, the introduction of the attached thumb glove and the funding of brain injury research programs at UCLA.

During Sulaiman’s tenure, the WBC has sanctioned over 1,100 title bouts and 300 boxers have won world titles.

Truly a worldwide organization, Sulaimán has expanded the WBC’s global reach to now include 161

 

affiliated nations.

Outside of boxing, Sulaimán, who spoke Spanish, English, Arabic, Italian, Portuguese and French, successfully operated a medical supply company in Mexico. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on June 10, 2007.

Sulaimán was also a very controversial figure. Journalist Matthew Hurley wrote, “How he was ever voted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame is beyond me.”

Sulaimán has been accused of corruption numerous times. For example, many in the boxing community have accused the WBC of bending its rules to suit promoter Don King. The late journalist Jack Newfield wrote that Sulaimán “became more

King’s junior partner than his independent regulator.”

Another journalist, Peter Heller, echoed that comment, writing, “Sulaiman…became little more than an errand boy for Don King.” Heller quoted British promoter Mickey Duff as saying, “My complaint is that José Sulaimán is not happy his friend Don King is the biggest promoter in boxing. Sulaiman will only be happy when Don King is the only promoter in boxing.”

After Pernell Whitaker lost a controversial decision to Jose Luis Ramirez in 1988, Whitaker’s trainer, Lou Duva, called Sulaiman “a thief” and Whitaker’s manager, Shelly Finkel, said, “King and Sulaiman fixed the fight, no question about it.”

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