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WBC Prez Keeping a Close Eye on Coronavirus Pandemic

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman is keeping a very close eye on the global coronavirus pandemic.

Sulaimán, is relieved that none of his organization's world champions have been affected by the COVID-19 virus.

"For now we are calm because we are not aware of any positive case of the coronavirus in any of the champions or boxers or of any member of the boxing community," said Sulaiman.

Much has changed in the last two days. While none of the WBC champions or their top contenders have been infected, the virus has affected several other members of the boxing community.

Heavyweight contender Otto Wallin is in isolation, as he believes that he's infected with the virus. Boxing writer Ron Ross, 81-year-old, passed away on Tuesday from the virus. And retired heavyweight heavyweight Derrick Jefferson has also been infected, and is currently hospitalized and fighting for his life.


Nearly every boxing event in March and April has been canceled. Several events in May have been postponed as well.

Sulaiman reported that he has been in constant communication with promoters and boxers to see what will happen with the fights that were scheduled and recommended planning everything in the short term.

"In the WBC we are measuring everything by blocks of 15 days in terns of boxing activity. It is impossible to determine at this time... to say where or when the [postponed] fights will take place. We have to go step by step," said Sulaiman.

Regarding the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Sulaiman felt Japan and the IOC made the right decision, because the most important thing is the health of everyone involved.

"There are many athletes who prepared and had their ticket [to participate] and others who were looking to secure it, but I feel that the athletes who were going to force themselves to compete in July... they were not going to be at 100%, and it was unfair for them to not arrive in their best condition in such an important competition. It was the right decision [to postpone] and in 2021 [the athletes] should be as they should be," Sulaiman said.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Dasmius Shinobi on 03-26-2020

Negative comments about Mauricio Sulaiman are raining in this article. Give the man a break. All of boxing community is communicating, nothing bad about that. :boxing:

Comment by SkiPete on 03-25-2020

Who gives a s hit.

Comment by jonnyc420 on 03-25-2020

[QUOTE=boxinggod101;20480792]Coronavirus Diamond Belt?[/QUOTE] They are they WBC, emphasis on the C.

Comment by .!WAR MIKEY!. on 03-25-2020

[QUOTE=boxinggod101;20480792]Coronavirus Diamond Belt?[/QUOTE] lmfao probably is true. Gonna be the first title on the line when boxing resume!

Comment by boxinggod101 on 03-25-2020

Coronavirus Diamond Belt?

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