I don't know much about sanctioning bodies to any real extensive level. As a matter of fact I've only heard of this guy Jose Sulaiman a few times. I do know that he's the president of the World Boxing Council but for the most part as far as I'm concerned these boxing bureaucracies are no better than government bureaucracies because both steal, both bend the rules they create, and both overstep the original intent of their very existence. Now back to Sergio Martinez being a real human being. According to RingTV.com Sergio Martinez is planning to denounce comments made by Sulaiman in regards to domestic violence against women. Story goes Sulaiman dismissed verbal and physical abuse toward women as a serious issue when the topic of Floyd Mayweather came up during an interview with the Manila Standard, a newspaper in the Philippines.
Serious issue first and foremost obviously for a man in particular to dismiss violence against a female is wrong. Even if the interviewer asked Jose Sulaiman a question related to Mayweather he should have just deflected the question and moved on. Instead the guy went on another level and put his arrogance on display. Again I have no idea what Jose Sulaiman looks like, I've never even seen him before; I just know who he is and what he does. I don't now what kind of life he leads outside of the sport, for all I know he could have some domestic abuse baggage in his closet. But it does give you an idea of what kind of personalities we're dealing with here. Sergio Martinez has long struck me as a guy very humble and very aware of his duties as a champion. The man fights, wins, and wants the best opponent with the most value behind their name. He doesn't have to say anything of any sort in regards to what Jose Sulaiman said but Maravilla feels compelled by his role as a champion to set an example and represent the WBC in a positive light. Does it matter at all that the organization would have as its president a man so aloof to the sensitivities of millions of women around the world? Well, sometimes you find the most noble characters amongst the biggest piles of shit you can't help but to give Sergio his props. He's what you call a blue collar champion. He's not a particularly big draw, he's never had his fights headline a PPV card, he's not a bread winner for the WBC, he fights in one of the most unappealing weight divisions in the sport, he's a late blooming 36 year old breath of fresh air who can't get a worthy name in the ring with him if his life depended on it. And on top of that the very organization that calls him their middleweight "Diamond" champion is about to screw him on a fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by dialing back their now empty demands at a mandatory fight between the two. Yet despite all of that Sergio Martinez comes out as the real winner.
Martinez will continue to dazzle, might even unify the middleweight division before its all over. But more important Sergio will continue his role in the lives of former victims of domestic violence by visiting shelters for women who somehow found a way out of dangerous relationships with cowardly men. For that alone Sergio Martinez deserves a lot more recognition than he often receives. It's just a shame another WBC champ not only gets the full support of the organization's president but that same champion's misdeeds are swept under the rug by said president as a mere insignificant detail, a bit of useless red tape in the grand scheme of lining said president's pockets. Everyone romanticizes about that green belt. Carl Froch said its the belt every fighter wants along with the RING Magazine title. But if that green belt means as a fighter I have to pony up my hard earned greenbacks then thanks but no thanks to that little green shackle strapped around my waist. To be honest with you I'd much prefer the RING belt. At least those guys know about boxing.