Thanks to magnificent Hublot and twelve incredible Champions!
By: Jose Sulaiman
October 1st 2012
When flying from London to Boston, I vividly remembered my childhood, when my Father listened to a shortwave radio to catch the famous Joe Louis fight, against the great German fighter Max Schmeling.
I was a huge fan of Joe Louis and I attended the fight in New York, where he faced the great prospect Rocky Marciano, whom the WBC would go on to remember with a magnificent statue in his home town… many years later.
Rocky Marciano is the only heavyweight who retired as undefeated world champion. Brockton adores Rocky- its idol. I can say that on September 23rd, Rocky was present in Brockton for the unveiling his statue. Happy and memorable day it was!
Afterwards, I traveled to Las Vegas the epicenter of many great boxing battles. The very best boxers have fought here, including Julio Cesar Chavez, Sal Sanchez, Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De la Hoya, Mike Tyson, and many more.
This city has been the place where the WBC has held more than 350 championship fights in almost 50 years of its existence.This is why we decided along with the famous luxury watches brand Hublot, to hold the event in Vegas, where twelve beautiful and unique watches honored a dozen great boxing legends and exact replicas were auctioned to create the first boxing pension to help former champions, who have fallen on hard times.
Those twelve greats are: George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Lennox Lewis, Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Julio Cesar Chavez, Azumah Nelson, Jeff Fenech, Tommy Hearns, Oscar de la Hoya, Ken Norton, and Mike Tyson.
Hublot made twelve identical replicas to be auctioned to the highest bidder among the 300 invited guests, who gathered on this magic evening.With the total amount received, a special fund is established, that will provide lifetime pensions, helping boxers from the past, who’ve given us glory with tremendous exploits, but are now suffering hardship.
It is those giant legends, Hublot and its President Jean Claude Biver, that the WBC applaudes, due to their selfless sense of compassion, generosity, love and support for boxing’s past companions.
Some of whom were abandoned by false friends, who hung on during the years of success, but departed thereafter. Or those who were victims of fraud, or others who lost their way due to drugs and alcohol, thinking that they will regain the money expended in their next fight… until without noticing , the time was gone.
Thank you very much and until next week.