The WBC and people from around the world Gather to pay tribute to all
current and former great WBC champions. We were honoured to be invited
to cover this major boxing event.
Andy with Ken Norton
Ken Norton was among
more than 80 former champions who battled their way to titles over
five decades who came to Cancun for the World Boxing Council's
"Night of Champions" award ceremony.
A packed house of Mexican boxing fans at Cancun's Plaza
de Toros got what they hoped for and more during the WBC Night of
Champions boxing event. The fight card was the most significant one
ever held in the state of Quintana Roo, and televised nationally in
The final event was a gala awards ceremony and dinner at the natural
wildlife reserve Excaret, about an hour south of Cancun.
Duran, now 54, is remembered as one of the greatest fighters,
pound-for-pound, ever signed autographs and grinned once again before the
The event program included a cultural show of music and dance spanning
hundreds of years from the Mayan civilization to Spanish influences in music
and dance. These acts were interspersed with recognition and special awards
given to the boxers in attendance.
celebration, which included prizes for "Most Active Champion" and
"Fight of the Year," attracted 4-time heavyweight Champion Evander
Laila Ali received the award for WBC 2005 Female Boxer
of the Year, the first time that this award has been presented. Laila
has shown greatness in her undefeated career, demonstrating the
same makings of her father, the great Muhammad Ali.
Winner of Fight of the Year:
Erik Morales (Morales-Pacquiao I)
Lewis was presented with an honorary award as Good Will Ambassador to the
Julio Cesar Chavez
In addition, each and every boxer in attendance was
presented with a recognition award for their contributions to the
sport of boxing.
Emile Griffith, Roberto "hands of Stone" Duran, Hector
"Macho" Camacho, Shannon Briggs, Alexis Arguello, Laila Ali,
Laura Serrano, Juan Laporte, Julio Cesar Chavez, James Toney, Jerry
Cooney and many, many others.
WBC President Jose Sulaiman, Andy Dumas, Don King
Fighter of the year:
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
WBC Awards were also presented to Jermain Taylor, Erik Morales, Manny
Pacquiao, Jose Luis Castillo, Diego
Corrales, Thomasz Adamek and many others
WBC has come a long way from its humble beginnings back in 1963. A
number of countries saw the need to establish a governing body that
would provide better opportunities for the development of professional
At that initial stage, 12 countries got together in Mexico City. A
large growth pattern, generally under the leadership of Sulaiman, now
has some 170 countries affiliated in some way with the WBC.
Jamie and Ken Norton
Andy and Floyd Mayweather
It was a grand occasion to say the least and it enabled
the WBC to enhance its status as the prominent world authority on the
sweet science. All in attendance were privileged to be involved in
what is being now considered the greatest showcase of boxing champions