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Warren and the WBC in war of words | Boxing Futures

Warren and the WBC in war of words

Posted on May 19, 2012

Frank Warren and the World Boxing Council (WBC) have become embroiled in a war of words after the organising body became the latest boxing authority to wade in the David Haye vs Dereck Chisora debate.

The WBC came out in support of the British Boxing Board of Control yesterday as they threatened to expel any person or organisation involved with the proposed fight between Haye and Chisora.

‘We will expel Luxembourg from our organisation if the commission went ahead as well as any person or institution that has relations with them,’ WBC president Jose Sulaiman wrote in a letter to the Board.

‘We will not condone such a disgraceful behaviour (from Chisora) after seeing that this boxer has no idea of what good behaviour is, by accepting to participate in the intent to threat and embarrass the organisation of boxing with such an act.

‘I am sure the European Boxing Union is on the verge of a strong position against Luxembourg; I am also furious with the promoter who is trying to blast the ethics, honesty and seriousness of the sport of boxing.’

But Warren hit back at the WBC today, accusing them of hypocrisy and highlighting a conflict of interest inside the organisation with its vice president Charles Giles also being the president and chairman of the BBBofC.

‘'Honest Jose Sulaiman' of the WBC has jumped on the bandwagon supporting his vice president Charles Giles, the president and chairman of the BBBofC, yes he is the VP of the WBC,’ said Warren.

‘A few years ago he authorised a $10,000 donation without seeking licence holders approval to Jose’s organisation. It was swept under the carpet without an explanation again why?


‘Sulaiman has conveniently forgotten that he installed Mike Tyson as the number one contender in their rankings straight after being released from prison in 1995 after serving four years for rape and tried to cheat Buster Douglas out of his rightful win over Mike Tyson in Tokyo.

‘When Antonio Margarito was banned in the USA for loading his gloves against Shane Mosley, Margarito was sanctioned by the WBC to fight in Mexico for the international belt then went onto fight Manny Pacquiao and recently Sulaiman said that hitting women ‘was not a major sin’ – all in the good name of WBC sanction fees.’