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End of an era? Jose Sulaiman could retire from WBC next week

World Boxing Council boss Jose Sulaiman says he is considering leaving his position after 37 years at the head of the sanctioning body organization.


Jose Sulaiman, who took over as the head man at the WBC in 1975, says that he's considering retirement, and that he has a week to decide. From

"I am very tired. I've had 65 years in boxing. I'm looking at the possibility of not continuing. I really do not know what to do and I have a week to decide," said Sulaiman.

The story also indicates that Jose's son, Mauricio Sulaiman, may not take over his father's seat at the head of the green belt factory's table, perhaps opting to leave the sport with his father.

There are a lot of things I could say here, like say, "Good riddance!" and all that, but the reality is that anyone who replaces Sulaiman will likely offer business as usual. It's not like we're going to see a sanctioning body change its ways and start having reasonable rankings, one title per division only, and approving only top-tier title fights. They're all more or less the same, and they will continue to operate as they have for years. The more money they can lift, the better, and that's just the way it's going to be if they remain more or less in charge of the sport.

So I'll do the pointlessly nice thing, and say that if Sulaiman wants to retire at age 81, then good for him. If he doesn't, then good for him. It's pretty much all the same to me either way. Silver interim international Mediterranean FECARBOX belts for all.

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