WBC President On Fathers As Trainers

Earlier this month, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman claimed that the organization would be conducting research on whether to allow parents in the corner of fighters as their chief second.

The proposal made during their Miami convention is predicated over concerns of conflicting feelings from the trainer in deciding to stop the fight for their child/fighter.

Speaking with Boxing Scene, Sulaiman clarified the organization’s stance when it came to fighters like Shawn Porter, Vasyl Lomachenko, and others whose fathers had been the key trainer the entire time they were in boxing.

“That is a situation that we cannot be unfair, and we cannot interfere in a fighter’s career. Both Porter and Garcia have been trained by their fathers since they were kids. Our point is to make a long-term resolution because some of the tragedies that have happened in the ring – most of them have happened with the father in the corner,” Sulaiman told BoxingScene.com.

“When you have your father looking after you on a soccer field, in school, in dance, whatever you do in life – you feel much pressure as a kid. You don’t want to let down your father, so fighters will go into inhumane situations because of the pressure of having the father in the corner. It is something that we have been studying. We are doing interviews and research and it is just a situation that we are looking at.”

Initial Report: Boxing Scene

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