WBC To Implement Code Of Conduct
Following the incident that occurred at UFC 229 over the weekend, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman was asked what he thought of the brawl following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s win over Conor McGregor.
“That was horrible. That was horrible,” exclaimed Sulaiman. “That was a chapter in sports that will always be seen. It has been seen in all other sports but it is why we need to take action and not just be observers.”
It falls in-line with the WBC’s planned code of ethics, which is to ensure that pre-fight showdowns do not become unmanageable.
“Yes, they are pushing it too far,” the WBC President said in regards to fighters hyping up fights.
“We just introduced at the Convention a code of ethics for boxers and their corners and it’s going to be distributed and it’s going to take effect, with 2018 being the cut point. This is a performance guide for fighters and their corners – behavior – outside the ring, in press conferences, in the weigh-in, during the fight and after the fight. In this code of ethics there is a line, but it’s an invisible line,” Sulaiman claimed in an interview with Boxing Scene.
“Where you go from acceptable to non-acceptable is very difficult [to assess]. There are different cultures. A word does not mean the same in Argentina as it does in Mexico. An offence is not the same in Japan as it is in China, or in the United States as it is in the United Kingdom. But we are completely concerned about what happens in these events.”
“My father [Jose Sulaiman] was almost killed in an incident between Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis in a confrontation and that confrontation was organized by promoters and it got out of hand,” Sulaiman said regarding the 2002 brawl between the two heavyweights.
“Things can get out of hand very easily in the sport. There’s too much pressure and animosity, there’s lives at stake when you go to the ring and we have to gather together as boxing administrators and take action.”
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