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By Mauricio Sulaiman
Son of Jose Sulaiman / WBC President

Boxing is unique, with a fascinating history and perhaps, of all the sports, the one which has evolved the most, as the rules have changed dramatically, transforming what used to be actions of brutal, pure savagery into the art of self-defense, “The Sweet Science.”
Today I chose the topic of ratings, or rankings, in boxing. I have talked with numerous fans, as well as many people who are involved in boxing, and almost everyone does not know or understand how the rankings work.
Let’s start with defining what they are. The rankings are the method to list boxers qualitatively. That is through a list of the best in each division. There are 17 weight divisions, from heavyweight to minimumweight. World champions can only fight against ranked boxers, and that is where these lists draw their interest and power.
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The history is important. The rankings in boxing were born in 1924, being a publication of the “The Ring” magazine. They used to print a yearly summary of the best of the year – best fighter, best fight, etc. Eventually, starting in 1932, the owner of this magazine, Nat Fleischer, took the initiative to publish, according to his opinion, the list of the best fighters for each of the 8 divisions that existed at that time.
Fleisher was inspired by the collegiate football rankings, which were the creation of Walter Camp, known as the “Father of Football.”
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The World Boxing Council was founded in February 1963, and initially used The Ring rankings as a guide for sanctioning boxing activity. My father, Don Jose Sulaiman, joined the WBC between 1964 and 1966, basically as a volunteer, because he was passionate about boxing and was coming from the provinces to make his life in the capital of Mexico, as he partnered with Buffalo-based manufacturing company Graphic Controls. It was in 1966 when he took on more formal responsibilities, and in 1968 instituted the WBC rankings. Since then, the world rankings are compiled month by month, being one of the top priorities of our body’s activity.
The WBC rankings committee is made up of honorable people with extensive knowledge of boxing. They are members from all over the world and devote countless hours to this work. There is a committee director, a sub-director, an executive secretary, 22 active members, and 8 advisors.
How does the committee work? Ratings are published during the first 5 days of each month. During each month, the members of the committee are engaged in gathering results of fights and diverse information that has to do with the fighters’ activity from their region. Ten days before releasing the rankings, everyone sends their recommendations to the executive secretary and the director. Numerous sheets and charts are made with a large amount of data to analyze, which generates the first draft, which is sent to the entire committee for review and a round of feedback is given. All comments to the draft are taken and these are analyzed by the director and special advisors. We reach conclusions, and a second draft is generated. After the revision of that second draft, it progresses to a final revision, where sometimes a third draft has to be generated, to then proceed with the official publication of the monthly rankings by the WBC.
Once a year, the ratings committee meets for a three-day session before the start of the WBC annual convention. The official ratings are then discussed in an open floor, where every single person can take the floor and present their case in front of the Board. This process has given the sport and the WBC great pride as it is transparent and open to all.
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Rating boxers is a very complex task which requires deep boxing knowledge, common sense, analytical ability, impartiality, total honesty, and a sense of justice. It is a very interesting procedure and requires the need to analyze each case. Records are simply numbers, and these can be misleading. A boxer may have an undefeated record with many KOs, but sometimes the story can be very different.
What is studied and analyzed about a boxer in order to grasp the full importance of his profile and rate them properly?
Record – This gives you an idea in numbers of fights, won, lost, and draws, plus wins by KO.
Level and quality of opposition – It is necessary to study the opponents who the boxer has faced.
Site of the fights – It is analyzed if he fights at home, if he is the favorite, or if he is the visitor with factors against him. An important element is if he fights abroad and internationally.
Recent activity – It is analyzed if he is an active boxer, if he is a prospect, an established boxer, or a veteran in decline.
Recent results – The results of his last fights are analyzed.
High-level fights – Having high-level rivals, championship fights and experience is a very important factor to be considered.
Other considerations that are relevant:
The decisiveness of his victories.
Victories in major fights.
Amateur career.
Behavior in their private life.
Activity in WBC regional championship fights.
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An intangible aspect involves seasoned experts contributing with their personal opinion of those boxers that they see in their regions.
The WBC rates 40 fighters per division and we have a unique requirement. To be rated, the fighter must enroll in the “Clean Boxing Program,” which is a worldwide, random anti-doping program administered by VADA. If the athlete does not accept to enroll, he is removed from the rankings and not allowed to compete in fights of our organization.
The rankings list only and exclusively involves the boxers eligible to compete in the world championship of our organization. Boxers who are committed to fight in another organization are not ranked, simply because they are not eligible to fight for the WBC as they have other commitments.
The world champion has the obligation to fight the official challenger of the division once a year. The official challenger is not necessarily ranked #1. To reach this privileged position, you must win a final elimination fight or be voted by the WBC Board of Governors and ratified as Mandatory Contender.
The dream of every boxer is one day to conquer the Green and Gold Belt of the WBC, and the first step is to be rated. There are so many stories from legendary boxers remembering the day they saw their name for the first time in the rankings!
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Did you know? Julio Cesar Chavez was a relatively unknown boxer to the boxing world, but not to the WBC. When the super featherweight world championship was vacant in 1984, a fight had to be ordered to crown the new champion. “Azabache” Martínez was ranked number one and J.C. Chávez was placed at number two. Even against the criticism of some sectors in Europe and the United States, that fight was ordered. This is how one of the great careers in the history of boxing began.
12throundmarch2Today’s anecdote: We were at an annual convention in Cancun and my dad and I made a series of jokes to be recorded with a hidden camera. I remember how I enjoyed planning the joke on the director of the rankings committee, Frank Quill of Australia. In the final session, my Dad asked me to give the following message to Frank: “Frank, my dad asks us to rank Mike Tyson #1, as he will return to boxing, and he will be fighting our champion Klitschko.” (Tyson had been retired for 7 years) After a prolonged pause and a puzzled face, Frank asked the committee for a break and requested an urgent meeting with Don Jose, which I took with him, and while Frank presented his resignation from the committee, my dad couldn’t stop laughing. Finally, they both enjoyed a very long laugh.
I wish to sincerely thank Don Majeski and Victor Cota for their helpful guidance to write this article.
Thank you. I accept any comments, ideas, or recommendations at [email protected].
If your rankings are so dead on – why is canelo’s opponent TBA ?
You don’t care about rankings you goose, you care about sanctioning fee’s.
‘WBC – ruining more fights than they make’
Elbow, excellent point to bring up. What the WBC is not divulging is all the little stipulations and clauses where promoters can manipulate certain tune-up fights within a given time frame and still meet the guidelines to stay in the rankings. Yep, it’s red tape which also includes all the “BS” promoters place in fight contracts in one given match. This is a case where legal representation in a fighter’s team is a must. Yep, it’s all business just as much as it is boxing.
Pure horseshit!! Sulaiman only understands the Benjamin’s coming to his coffers.
The Jose who all them years ago tried to rob Buster Douglas win over MTyson.
Jose also got into trouble about Aztec artifacts he was trying to sell,of course he was doing it for the honor of his country/family.Those artifacts DID NOT belong to him.
“Behavior in their private life” is a consideration when ranking. WTF does that have to do with how good a boxer is in the ring?

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From Jake Paul-Tommy Fury to Tyson Fury-Oleksandr Usyk … – ESPN

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Jake Paul and Tommy Fury get heated in their faceoff and push each other in the ring. (1:28)
After the multiple disappointments of fights failing to materialize last year, 2023 is already shaping up to be an improvement for boxing, with some exciting matchups on the horizon. Some fights have been officially announced. Others are very close to being finalized.
But what are the top fights in the months ahead? From Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury to Ryan Garcia vs. Gervonta Davis and the first heavyweight fight for the undisputed championship in the four-belt era, ESPN marks your calendar for dates not to be missed.
A clash between the best two heavyweights in the world, and perhaps the best heavyweight world champions since the Klitschko brothers (Wladimir and Vitali) reigned, is likely to be the biggest fight of 2023. Boxing suffered from fights not getting made last year, but this one — dare we say it — seems likely to get made and will determine the legacies of both these skilled and clever boxers.
Both have achieved so much in their careers, but what they do on April 29 will be what they are remembered for most. This fight is the first to have all major four heavyweight belts on the line and will create boxing’s first undisputed world champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999 (three-belt era).
Usyk’s slick movement and quick hands could unsettle Fury, but Fury’s long jab and heavier punches (if he can land them) could leave Usyk flat out like Deontay Wilder.
It was a pleasant surprise to see this fight get made given the obstacles — rival promoters and broadcasters, egos and unbeaten records — and it could be the start of a series of megafights at lightweight.
As well as popularity — they have nearly 13 million followers on Instagram between them — these two American rivals are supremely talented. Davis has skills, power (he has stopped 26 of his 28 opponents) and tactical intelligence, while Garcia has lightning-fast hands with a six-inch height advantage.
Devin Haney holds all the belts, but this matchup is almost as important as Haney-Vasiliy Lomachenko. When the fight was announced, Garcia perfectly summarized this encounter: “Boxing needs this fight right now. It’s time for us to get back to what made this sport so great for the fans: Glamourous fights in places like Las Vegas, grudge match storylines, and most importantly — the best fighting the best.”
Be sure to find time to watch the Taylor vs. Serrano rematch.
Taylor, who lives and trains in Connecticut, has yet to box in her home nation since turning professional more than six years ago. When she steps out at a yet-to-be-confirmed venue in Dublin that night, the roof will lift (presuming the fight doesn’t occur at an outdoor venue like Croke Park). Taylor’s decision over Serrano last year lived up to expectations of it being the biggest fight in the history of women’s professional boxing. Who wouldn’t want a rematch?
Anthony Joshua doesn’t hide his emotions while discussing his split-decision loss to Oleksandr Usyk.
Haney, the undisputed lightweight champion, believes he is the man of the moment, the younger champion looking to make this his era.
Lomachenko, 34, was winning Olympic gold medals when Haney was nine years old and is definitely in the last throes of his career. It’s yet to be seen whether Haney can come close to showing the dazzling technique and skills Lomachenko has in lighting up boxing, winning world titles from featherweight up to lightweight.
With war raging in his homeland Ukraine, Lomachenko could understandably be distracted and slowed by the passing of time and a long career. Haney sees this as an opportunity to establish himself as one of boxing’s biggest names.
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The two former super middleweight champions almost got their fight started early during a recent news conference to announce the event. The animosity will only intensify toward fight night, ensuring a healthy interest in the nontitle encounter. This clash, between the best 168-pounders not named Canelo Alvarez, will be decided by whether Plant’s slick boxing skills can defuse Benavidez’s big-punching power and volume.
Plant is in form after his stunning KO of Anthony Dirrell in October catapulted him back to the No. 3 spot in the division after losing to Alvarez in November 2021, and he will be Benavidez’s best opponent yet.
To go straight into a world junior featherweight title fight in his first outing at the new weight class is a bold move by Inoue. To do it against Fulton is even bolder.
Fulton, 28, from Philadelphia, is ESPN’s No. 1 boxer at 122 pounds. As a seasoned campaigner in the division who throws a prodigious number of punches, he represents a big risk for Inoue. Inoue became undisputed bantamweight champion in December and is chasing a world title belt in a fourth division, a feat that would surely deserve universal recognition — or confirmation — as the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter.
These two featherweights are the least well-known boxers on this list, but what they lack in star appeal, they make up for in entertainment value. After being plucked from the domestic scene in their home countries, both pulled off shocking wins at an elite level and produced fireworks in recent fights.
Wood’s last-gasp, 12th-round knockout of Michael Conlan was voted ESPN’s fight of the year and KO of the year for 2022. The English boxer also produced a last round KO win to capture the WBA belt against Can Xu in July 2021. Lara stopped Josh Warrington — who was ESPN’s No. 1 featherweight — in February 2021. Lara added two early stoppage wins last year. It has all the ingredients to be an eventful fight.
Alvarez needs a dominant performance to silence critiques that he’s sliding after a brilliant career, winning world titles in four different weight classes. After losing by decision to Dmitry Bivol for the light heavyweight title last May, followed by a decision win in his trilogy fight against Gennadiy Golovkin at 168 pounds, Alvarez will return to defend his four world title belts against Ryder, the mandatory challenger who will have to pull off one of the biggest shocks in boxing history to win.
It is one of the least competitive matchups on this list, but it will be intriguing to see what sort of form Alvarez is in after surgery on his left hand and a confidence-denting defeat that has seen his position in the pound-for-pound rankings take a tumble. Details of the fight have yet to be confirmed.
This fight is about how Joshua responds to back-to-back decision losses to Usyk and the upheaval in his training arrangements. Joshua’s frank and confused outburst in the ring in the immediate aftermath of losing to Usyk for a second time only adds to the doubts around whether Joshua can regain the form that saw him reign as WBA, IBF and WBO world champion. But Franklin looks like an accommodating opponent.
Stevenson is a talented boxer, but his lack of punching power and relatively unknown opponent means his fight will not attract as much attention as his lightweight rivals Haney, Garcia and Davis. But this is a solid first step at lightweight for Stevenson, who unified world titles against good opponents at junior lightweight. A fight against the winner of Haney-Lomachenko is a good incentive for Stevenson to look good — and a KO victory would help.
Okay, so this is the bottom of the pile, but for many, this crossover event will be the No. 1 fight of 2023 to follow and tune in to based on entertaining value alone. Paul is better known than many current champions, even if he has just six professional fights, with no amateur boxing pedigree.
The YouTube star appeals to demographics that Terence Crawford, Inoue, Errol Spence Jr. and Canelo can’t reach. Tommy Fury is a reality TV star from the UK, half-brother of world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, but also a professional boxer taking the sport seriously.
The storylines behind the fight will ensure it generates good pay-per-view numbers, with many intrigued to see if Paul can continue his impressive adventure in professional boxing, during which he has silenced all criticism that he is out of his depth. But Fury will be his toughest test yet.

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GET TO KNOW: Jersie Woolsey – Auburn Tigers Official Athletic Site

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AUBURN, Ala. – Another school year means another season of Auburn gymnastics! And as we get ready to kick off the 2024 season in January, it is time to get to know the 10 newcomers to the squad.  Next up is freshman Jersie Woolsey!
Hometown: Riverton, Utah
Club: Black Diamond South Jordan
Prior to Auburn: Top 10 finisher on vault at the 2023 Level 10 Region 1 Championship … Finished third on vault at the 2021 Winter Classic … Multiple top 10 finishes in the all-around throughout her club career.
Q: Why Auburn?
A: “I chose Auburn because it felt like home the moment I stepped on campus. Everyone here is so welcoming and friendly. I couldn’t imagine going to school anywhere else.”
Q: What’s your major and why did you choose it?
A: “My major is exercise science. I chose it because I want to do physical therapy and help athletes recover.”
Q: What do you hope to do once you are done with school?
A: “Once I am done with school, I want to get a job as a physical therapist and work with athletes. I’m still undecided where I want to go, but I want to try something new.”
Q: What’s your favorite thing about your hometown, what makes it unique?
A: “My favorite thing about my hometown is the mountains. I love listening to music and going on canyon drives.” 
Q: What does a typical day in your life at Auburn look like?
A: “A typical day in my life starts with me waking up, getting ready, Wellness Kitchen for breakfast or go to treatment. I then go to my classes, then back to Wellness for lunch. I have practice and after practice I do recovery and cold tub. After that I eat dinner and go to SADC for studying.”
Q: What’s your favorite event and why?
A: “My favorite event is either floor or vault. I like floor because I love to perform.”
Q: What are you most looking forward to here at Auburn?
A: “The thing I am looking forward to most is meet season. I can’t wait to compete with my teammates at Neville Arena surrounded by all the gymnastics fans.”
Q: How did you get involved in gymnastics?
A: “I was a very energetic child, so my mom decided to put me in gymnastics, and I loved it.”
Q: What is your pre-meet ritual?
A: “My pre-meet ritual is listening to music and just having fun. I don’t do anything specific.”
Q: Coming from Utah, what is the biggest culture shock you have experienced coming to Auburn?
A: “One of the biggest culture shocks I have had is the food. I have tried a lot of new things here.”
Q: What is your go-to karaoke song?
A: “My go-to karaoke song is ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ by Fergie.”
Q: What fashion trend do you hope never comes back?
A: “A fashion trend I hope never comes back are chokers.”
Q: If you were in a zombie apocalypse, what person on the team would you want with you?
A: “I would want Lila Smith with me because we are both going to fight.”






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New ways to fight migrant smuggling – European Union

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In human history, people have always moved. But never before has the smuggling business been so profitable, and so deadly. Human mobility is a fact of  life. Migrant smuggling should not be. It can be defeated. It is a matter of political will. And we can only succeed together.”
Commission President von der Leyen
Every year, thousands of lives are lost because of migrant smuggling. To fight this deadly criminal activity, the Commission has launched the Global Alliance to Counter Migrant Smuggling. This Alliance will focus on prevention, response and alternatives to irregular migration, including addressing the root causes of irregular migration and facilitating legal pathways.
The Commission is also proposing to update EU rules to prevent and fight migrant smuggling by
Fuelled by crises around the world, criminal migrant smuggling into the EU, which attracts desperate people with lies, is reaching new heights. Criminal organisations who use land, sea and air routes, typically squeeze hundreds of people onto small boats, when travelling by sea. This has resulted in a staggering 28,000 people drowning or missing in the Mediterranean Sea since 2014. The tragic loss of human life must stop.
For more information
International Conference on a Global Alliance to Counter Migrant Smuggling
New Pact on Migration and Asylum
Migrant smuggling
Factsheet on EU stepping up the fight against migrant smuggling
Press release: Commission launches a Global Alliance to Counter Migrant Smuggling and proposes a strengthened EU legal framework
Speech by President von der Leyen at the International Conference on a Global Alliance to Counter Smuggling
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