By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
The WBC 56th Annual conference will happen in Kiev, capital metropolis of Ukraine from September 30 by means of October 5 of this yr. I traveled to satisfy with the native group committee and to formally current the conference to the media.
The final time I used to be on this stunning metropolis was in 2004 when the WBC Board of Governors held a particular assembly which is of excessive significance for the historical past of our group, it was then when a horrible authorized injustice was finalized and settled and the WBC grew to become stronger than ever.
Kiev will host the “Champions League “ closing on the finish of the month and there’s great enthusiasm everywhere in the metropolis.
I visited the “Klitschko museum “ which is located precisely outside the National Sports Complex “Olimpiysky” and it’s a should see attraction for these visiting.
A nice video is proven to then proceed to the exhibition halls the place unbelievable memorabilia of each Klitschko brothers is displayed. After a scrumptious early dinner I went again to the lodge to prepare for subsequent day as I used to be assembly the mayor of town, our pleasure, three time WBC Heavyweight champion, Vitali Klitschko.
We arrived in his workplace, I used to be intrigued as I had solely seen Vitali in boxing associated occasions and conventions. Entered by means of a non-public elevator, a door opened and there he was, as tall as ever, wearing a chic swimsuit and along with his charismatic real smile. We offered the WBC Convention to the press after which performed particular person interviews.
Vitali then took the time to go to lunch the place we mentioned all specifics in regards to the conference. He is welcoming with open arms his pricey associates from boxing and is exited to obtain in his metropolis the various legendary champions who often attend the annual gathering.
As we completed, he requested me to hitch him in a website inspection of some transforming that’s going down close to the restaurant, we began strolling because the rain began to pour down, we shared an umbrella however definitely acquired swamped as we moved alongside the street. I used to be thrilled to see the response of individuals “ Mayor Klitschko “ strolling on the street, within the rain and with out safety. Everybody mentioned good day with a giant smile. The development work is to rebuild a well-known picket, staircase which unites the previous and the brand new metropolis , and is now being changed with concrete construction for longevity. There he went right down to test the whole lot out within the rain whereas I waited with my umbrella.
As we have been prepared to go away and rain had stopped, Vitaliy gently requested me if I didn’t thoughts if his driver took me again the lodge as he wanted to return to his workplace, I used to be humbled in fact. To my shock, subsequent factor I see is Mayor Klitschko getting in a motorcycle to journey again to his workplace! I inquired and it is vitally widespread to see him using his bike to work.
He got here again to get me to have dinner. So we drove to a pleasant quiet place the place we sat alone and talked for a very long time, I used to be there with my good friend. A champion who was very near my pricey father Don Jose, one who was current in any respect WBC Conventions and particular ceremonies. I’ve nice reminiscences from instances spent in Cancun, Thailand, Moscow, Manila and lots of different locations however this dinner was totally different and I listed with consideration the so many tales he shared with me and I wish to share with you.
Vitali was younger, was watching television along with his associates and noticed Mike Tyson change into the youngest heavyweight champion of the world, in these years there was no skilled boxing in Ukraine, and he informed his associates…. “ One day I am going to become champion of the world and have that green belt wrapped around me” all his associates laughed and made enjoyable of him …..
Vitali was like father and mom to Wladimir, his dad and mom needed to work so he was accountable for his little brother. They have at all times been extraordinarily shut and have been there for each other. Wladimir misplaced his title by dramatic KO to Corrie Sanders . Vitali confronted Sanders for the WBC inexperienced belt when Lennox Lewis retired. Sanders hit him so arduous within the second spherical that he was out , however the considered avenging Wladimir’s defeat stored him within the battle and ultimately knocked out Sanders to seize his dream.
Vitali trains each single day , it’s the solely time he has for himself and it’s the place he finds the energy to exit and lead probably the most essential cities in Europe. He even jokes that he’s nonetheless occupied with utilizing his Emeritus Champion standing to comeback and battle for the title. He actually regrets not having time to benefit from the sport that he loves. The final battle he watched on television was the nice battle between Usyk and Breidis for the cruiserweight championship.
Kiev would be the capital of boxing throughout 2018, an amazing yr for Ukraine, Usyk conquered the WBC world title , Oleksandr Gvozdyk conquered the WBC interim mild heavyweight title, Lomachenko gained the extremely regarded battle vs Jorge Linares, Wladimir Klitschko acquired the award by the Boxing Writers Association of America and Vitali Klitschko is inducted into the International Boxing Hall of fame in Canastota.
This upcoming conference will definitely be one to recollect.
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