WBC Prez Praises Canelo After Award Win

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman was a guest at the National Sports Awards in Mexico, where Canelo Alvarez was presented with the top prize in the pro category.

The awards were presented by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, at the official residence of Los Pinos.

Sulaiman said Alvarez receiving the award solidifies him as one of the most elite fighters in the world. He added that Alvarez has done all the right things to get past the failed drug test he had earlier this year, when he tested positive for clenbuterol. In fact, Sulaiman says he rules it a non-issue, believing Alvarez’s defense that it was caused by meat contamination.

“It’s a very well deserved award for Saul after having defeated Gennady Golovkin, and also for having overcome that doping problem that in the end was non-existent,” Sulaiman said. “He had the mental and physical strength to conquer the world in the ring on the night of September 15, it is something we will never forget.”

Sulaiman further stated that the WBA/WBC champion winning the award will inspire newer generations of Mexican boxers, following in the footsteps of their champion countryman. He added his father, Don Jose Sulaiman, always hoped for a fighter to win the national award.

“This moment is great, because he puts our sport at the top,” Sulaiman said. “The fact that he received it from the President is something very rewarding. I’m sure that many children seeing this will want to put on their gloves and climb the ring to follow Canelo.

“It’s something of which my Dad always dreamed about. Canelo did it, we thank Conade, the COM, and all of those who voted to give a place to boxing. Three years ago we were present to honor my father here. This is something we will never forget. We will always carry it in our hearts.”

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