WBC highlights diversity in boxing as it celebrates 60th anniversary

WBC highlights diversity in boxing as it celebrates 60th anniversary
Since its inception in 1963, the WBC has been an instrumental force in boxing and fostering sporting excellence. (Supplied)
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Updated 30 May 2023

WBC highlights diversity in boxing as it celebrates 60th anniversary

WBC highlights diversity in boxing as it celebrates 60th anniversary
  • Organization created the ‘Diriyah Champion’ belt to highlight Saudi efforts in promoting sport
  • WBC Middle East Continental Federation hosting a platform for local fighters

The boxing world is celebrating as the World Boxing Council (WBC) proudly enjoys its Diamond Anniversary; 60 years of promoting the “sweet science” of boxing, shaping the sport’s landscape and awarding its champions with its famous green and gold belts.

Since its inception in 1963, the WBC has been an instrumental force in boxing, fostering sporting excellence, advocating for fighters’ rights and inspiring millions of fans worldwide.

Six decades ago, Mexican visionaries Jose Sulaiman and Luis Spota founded the WBC with a noble goal in mind: To create a platform where the best boxers could compete and thrive while upholding integrity, fairness and safety.

At the heart of the WBC’s success is its commitment to producing unforgettable boxing moments and champions.

Throughout its storied history, the organization has witnessed the rise of legends such as Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Julio Cesar Chavez and Mike Tyson — to name a few.

The international outlook of the World Boxing Council has always been one of its finer qualities. In addition to its traditional championship belts, the World Boxing Council has also implemented the use of commemorative international belts to promote cultural diversity and foster global unity within the sport.

These unique belts, often featuring vibrant colors and symbols representing different countries and regions, serve as powerful symbols of international cooperation and sportsmanship.

Recently, the WBC created the “Diriyah Champion” belt, adorned with Arabic designs and letters, to highlight Saudi Arabia’s efforts in promoting the sport in the Middle East.

Based on the wishes of the late Don Jose Sulaiman, whose father was Lebanese, the organization has created a WBC Middle East Continental Federation to elevate boxing and provide a platform for local fighters in the region. Headed by previous champion Amir Khan, the WBC Middle East has helped promote events in Dubai, Diriyah and Istanbul over the last 15 months.

Beyond the confines of boxing, the WBC has embraced its social responsibility, leveraging its platform to champion numerous charitable causes. From supporting children’s hospitals to raising awareness about important mental health issues with WBC Cares, the organization has used its influence to make a positive difference in the world. Through its charitable initiatives, such as recently donating $20,000 to victims of the earthquake in Turkey, the WBC has exemplified that the spirit of boxing extends far beyond the confines of the ring.

As the WBC embarks on its next chapter, it remains committed to evolving with the times while preserving the essence of the sport. The organization's leadership, headed by Mauricio Sulaiman, son of the late Jose Sulaiman, continues to prioritize innovation, inclusivity and integrity.

The WBC has embraced technology, engaging fans through digital platforms and expanding its global reach. It has also taken steps to address gender inequality, supporting the growth of women’s boxing and providing equal opportunities for female fighters to shine.

Indeed, recent female boxing contests such as Chantelle Cameron vs. Katie Taylor have become as anticipated as those of their male counterparts — with the help and recognition of the WBC.

By embracing and showcasing these diverse cultural and social elements, the WBC sends a powerful message of inclusivity, respect and celebration of heritage, further strengthening the bond among nations through the universal language of boxing.

The motto of the WBC, “My blood is green, my heart is gold,” looks set to inspire future generations of growth and excellence, as in sport — as in life.