WBC Convention Is Dec. 14-19 in Vegas

WBC-CONVETION

The World Boxing Council is delighted to announce that a sensational lineup of great world champions are joining our annual convention at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas from December 14th to 19th.

The boxing legends will include Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler, Julio Cesar Chavez, Oscar de la Hoya, Joe Calzaghe, Nigel Benn, Jeff Fenech, Erik Morales, and that’s just the start! Many more have also already confirmed their attendance.

The WBC has blazed a trail as a boxing pioneer and hosted 51 highly successful annual conventions, constantly strengthening ties and bonds between the 164 affiliated countries.

The general assembly meetings from Monday through Friday are where the WBC addresses all of the important boxing issues, including ratings and mandatory title defenses, as well as reports from the WBC Medical Board, WBC Cares, and other committees. There are also seminars for referees and judges. The WBC is a leader in the development of Women’s Boxing, as well.

The general assembly meetings are open to boxing fans and the general public, and the media is invited to attend. In addition to the daily meetings, a media credential will provide free admission to all of the dinners and evening functions.

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-The Commish :

Have you guys ever been to one of these? Not ever having been member of any of the alphabet soup organizations, nor much of a believer in any of them, I have been to exactly one of them. That is all I had to see. Oh, it was fun, and I am sure I would have just as much fun if I attended every "soup convention" every year. But, for what purpose do I need to go? Officials need to go. Judges. Referees. "Soup organization executives." Fans should also go to them, as so many of your favorite fighters and personalities--past and present--are often in attendance. But it's the officials who really need to be there. At these conventions, officials sharpen their "suck-up" skills. The more they suck up to the organization's president, the more he likes it. The more he likes it, the more assignments will be thrown his way. The lone one I went to was in 1988. I had just become Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission. It was the WBC Convention in Mexico City. It was something like their 25th anniversary. Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was there, looking heavier than I have ever seen him. He told me that he was 250. Uh-uh. Keep going, Mike. My guess was around 275. Amazingly, a few months later, Tyson was down to 218 for a title defense against Frank Bruno. Don King was there, too. He was always with three people. One of those people was Mike Tyson. King rarely let the 22-year-old heavyweight champ out of his sight. Another one of the people King stayed close to was Jose Sulaiman. The WBC's El Presidente wielded humongous power, especially over the WBC ratings committee, and King always had Senor Sulaiman's ear. The third person King couldn't get next to enough was me. Yes, me. As Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission, King looked at me as being the guy who could break the managerial contract between Tyson and Bill Cayton. "Mike needs to be free from the grip of Bill Satan," King would bellow to me, then say, "Oh, did I say Satan? I meant Cayton." To me, it was pure entertainment. Pure Don King vitriole, delivered and served as only DK could. As I said earlier, officials need to be there. I actually saw two of my very own officials--one referee and one judge--scampering after El Presidente everywhere he went. Once, while boarding a bus which took us to ancient Aztec ruins, Sulaiman stumbled on the steps heading into the bus. My judge was following so close behind him that he fell right on top of Sulaiman when the WBC boss went down. Now, THAT was being close to Sulaiman. My advice to any of you who are looking to become a pro ref or judge--and want to work title fights outside of your own state--is to go to the dance. Pay the piper and go. Then take notes. Watch some of the veteran referees and judges, and watch their style. See them at breakfast with the "Soup organization's" President. See them at lunch with him. See them at dinner with him. See them at meetings and seminars, sitting with him. See them have photos taken of them with the President. See them taking "selfies" with the President. Watch them laugh when the President says something (even if it's not funny). Watch from afar (try to wear dark sunglasses, so you can make 'em think you're not staring at them!) as officials discreetly hand envelopes to the President, as well as to his executives. Gifts can be as important as "sucking up!" Remember the line from the "Godfather": "I don't ask much. I just want to wet my beak a little." If you help them wet their beaks you can rest assured you will get called to work some out-of-town and out-of-the-country title fights. I saw my judge greasing some palms. It's not like I saw him do it a lot. In fact, I only saw him do it twice! I ended his judging career when we got back to New York. With some practice, you'll be able to develop and work your own "suck-up style" into your week. DO NOT LEAVE without letting the President know you are there. It's important he know. If you have to, force your way in. You may have to elbow your way past a lot of the others who are trying to suck up. Remember, if you don't do it, somebody else will! Do you want that next title fight, or do you want somebody else to get it? Practice at home with some friends. Practice being overly nice. Nauseatingly nice. Consider it your training camp. You can't expect to go to these conventions and suck up like a pro if you've never done it before. Practice! Work it! Tell them how great they look. Tell them you love their shirt (even though it probably doesn't match their pants!). Try googling some ideas. I'll bet if you ask Google "Ideas for sucking up and kissing butt" it'll have some unique ideas for you. Be creative. Wear a Don King wig to breakfast. Make them remember you. Learn about the President's homeland. Tell him you and your respective other are planning a trip there soon. The President will probably say, "Call me when you arrive," as if he actually cares. Good luck. Work it right and some juicy assignments will be coming to you. Remember, be pushy! Lets us know how it goes. -Randy G.


-flackoguapo :

Have you guys ever been to one of these? Not ever having been member of any of the alphabet soup organizations, nor much ofr a believer in any of them, I haqve been to exactly one of them. That is all I had to see. Oh, it was fun, and I am sure I would have just as much fun if I attended every "soup convention" every year. But, for what purpose do I need to go? Officials need to go. Judges. Referees. "Soup organization executives." Fans should also go to them, as so many of your favorite fighters and personalities--past and present--are often in attendance. But it's the officials who really need to be there. At these conventions, officials sharpen their "suck-up" skills. The more they suck up to the organization's president, the more he likes it. The more he likes it, the more assignments will be thrown his way. The lone one I went towas in 1988. It was the WBC Convention in Mexico City. It was something like their 25th anniversary. Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was there, looking heavier than I have ever seen him. He told me that he was 250. Uh-uh. Keep going, Mike. My guess was around 275. Amazingly, a few months later, Tyson was down to 218 for a title defense against Frank Bruno. Don King was there, too. He was always with three people. One of those people was Mike Tyson. King rarely let the 22-year-old heavyweight champ out of his sight. Another one of the people King stayed close to was Jose Sulaiman. The WBC's El Presidente wielded humongous power, especially over the WBC ratings committee, and King always had Senor Sulaiman's ear. The third person King couldn't get next to enough was me. Yes, me. As Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission, King looked at me as being the guy who could break the managerial contract between Tyson and Bill Cayton. "Mike needs to be free from the grip of Bill Satan," King would bellow to me, then say, "Oh, did I say Satan? I meant Cayton." To me, it was pure entertainment. Pure Don King vitriole, delivered and served as only DK could. As I said earlier, officials need to be there. I actually saw two of my very own officials--one referee and one judge--scampering after El Presidente everywhere he went. Once, while boarding a bus which took us to ancient Aztec ruins, Sulaiman stumbled on the steps heading into the bus. My judge was following so close behind him that he fell right on top of Sulaiman when the WBC boss went down. Now, THAT was being close to Sulaiman. My advice to any of you who are looking to become a pro ref or judge--and want to work title fights outside of your own state--is to go to the dance. Pay the piper and go. Then take notes. Watch some of the veteran referees and judges, and watch their style. See them at breakfast with the "Soup organization's" President. See them at lunch with him. See them at dinner with him. See them at meetings and seminars, sitting with him. See them have photos taken of them with the President. See them taking "selfies" with the President. Watch them laugh when the President says something (even if it's not funny). Watch from afar (try to wear dark sunglasses, so you can make 'em think you're not staring at them!) as officials discreetly hand envelopes to the President, as well as to his executives. Gifts can be as important as "sucking up!" Remember the line from the "Godfather": "I don't ask much. I just want to wet my beak a little." If you help them wet their beaks you can rest assured you will get called to work some out-of-town and out-of-the-country title fights. I saw my judge greasing some palms. It's not like I saw him do it a lot. In fact, I only saw him do it twice! I ended his judging career when we got back to New York. With some practice, you'll be able to develop and work your own "suck-up style" into your week. DO NOT LEAVE without letting the President know you are there. It's important he know. If you have to, force your way in. You may have to elbow your way past a lot of the others who are trying to suck up. Remember, if you don't do it, somebody else will! Do you want that next title fight, or do you want somebody else to get it? Practice at home with some friends. Practice being overly nice. Nauseatingly nice. Consider it your training camp. You can't expect to go to these conventions and suck up like a pro if you've never done it before. Practice! Work it! Tell them how great they look. Tell them you love their shirt (even though it probably doesn't match their pants!). Try googling some ideas. I'll bet if you ask Google "Ideas for sucking up and kissing butt" it'll have some unique ideas for you. Be creative. Wear a Don King wig to breakfast. Make them remember you. Learn about the President's homeland. Tell him you and your respective other are planning a trip there soon. The President will probably say, "Call me when you arrive," as if he actually cares. Good luck. Work it right and some juicy assignments will be coming to you. Remember, be pushy! Lets us know how it goes. -Randy G.
It seems like you love this sport so much ,Commish that you hate to bash it in any way but this is where it NEEDS to be EXPOSED and thank you. These favors and unspoken winky-face type behavior is the core of what makes boxing shady.