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José Sulaimán
José Sulaimán
Born
José Sulaimán Chagnón

(1931-05-30)May 30, 1931
Died January 16, 2014(2014-01-16) (aged 82)
Occupation Boxing official

José Sulaimán Chagnón (May 30, 1931 – January 16, 2014) was a Mexican boxing official. He was the president of the World Boxing Council. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on June 10, 2007.

Biography

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Sulaimán was born in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Sulaimán boxed as an amateur and had served as a trainer, promoter, referee, and judge. However, he was best known as an administrator for more than three decades. At the age of 16, he was on the boxing commission in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. In 1968, he joined the World Boxing Council (WBC) and quickly moved through the ranks. On December 5, 1975, Sulaiman was unanimously elected president of the WBC and had served in that capacity until the time of his death.

Under Sulaiman's leadership, the WBC had instituted many new rules and regulations regarding boxers' safety and welfare. During Sulaiman's tenure, the WBC sanctioned over 1,100 title bouts and 300 boxers won world titles. Truly a worldwide organization, Sulaiman had expanded the WBC's global reach to include 161 affiliated nations.

Outside of boxing, Sulaiman, who spoke Spanish, English, Arabic, Italian, Portuguese and French, successfully operated a medical supply company in Mexico.

Death

Sulaimán died at the age of 82 in Los Angeles on January 16, 2014. He is buried in the Panteón Francés ("French Cemetery of the Mercy") of Mexico City.

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