June 22, 2011 – Mexico City.
From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán:
The following is one of the weekly “Hook to the Body” columns by WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán that are published in El Universal every Sunday. From June 19, translated from Spanish:
The multitude attending the induction ceremonies at the International Boxing Hall of Fame was so numerous, as perhaps never before. Just imagine: Julio César Chávez, Mike Tyson and “Rocky” Sylvester Stallone – at the same time – plus the great Russian Kosta Tzsyu, the manager Ignacio Beristain, and the referee Joe Cortez.
After the end of the induction, I stayed by myself after everybody had left and kept thinking with sadness of all that extraordinary history – of victories and accomplishments that filled their eras with emotion and idolatry by millions of fans, an era that has gone and will never return. I also felt deep pride for having been a humble part of those brilliant times as the three of them, Chávez, Tyson, and Tzsyu were proud WBC champions who had also a personal relation and many anecdotes through the years.
I thought at those moments of loneliness, that the ceremony represented to me what life is: to be and later not to be; multitude and emptiness; the limelights on the ring during the nights of glory, and the obscurity of an empty arena; the dedication, sacrifices and efforts to reach the peak, and then to live a life remembering past deeds.