Friday, February 23, 2018

Ali honoured at WBC convention

Boxing special adviser Boxu Potts and Trinidad and Tobago Boxing Board secretary Zaid Mohammed are in Cancun, Mexico for the World Boxing Council's (WBC) 50th anniversary celebrations and annual convention at the Oasis Resort.

One of the features of the convention is the ceremonial crowing of former heavyweight champion Muhammed Ali as the first King of Boxing.

A great showman, regarded as one the greatest boxers the world has ever seen, Ali was given the honour on Monday.

Ali, the WBC's first three-time world champion who now suffers from Parkinson's disease, received an emotional welcome from WBC's longtime president Jose Suliaman and hundreds of boxing officials from around the world at the Oasis Arena.

After an impressive opening ceremony which featured dances and pageantry depicting the 2,000-year-old Mayan history of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, Potts said this year's convention would be remembered as the best ever.

Potts said that the WBC Convention is especially important for Trinidad and Tobago since there are several important issues to be discussed which will have major repercussions for the sport locally.

He said the T&TBC will be making important contributions to the debate.

Several top boxers, past and present, are in attendance for the five-day convention. Among them are current heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, Mexico's greatest boxer Julio Chavez and present middleweight champion Sergio Martinez.