The WBC's 49th annual convention in Las Vegas
More than 100 former and current champions have attended like: Sugar Ray Leonard, Canelo Alvarez, George Foreman, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Larry Holmes, Roy Jones, Mike McCallum, Carlos Ortiz, Carlos Palomino, Cristy Martin, Mia St. John, Winky Wright, Don Lalonde, Evander Holyfield, Juan Laporte, Ricky Hatton, Sergio Martinez, Leon Spinks and many others that have created a very special environment.
Sugar Ray Leonard & Marvelous Marvin Hagler
WBC Convention Gallery
Ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. opened the annual WBC convention in style at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center’s South Seas Pavillion.
Commemorative WBC belts were given to former champions George Foreman, Roy Jones Jr., Christie Martin, Sugar Ray Leonard along with an original WBC belt being presented to Ken Norton. International Boxing Hall of Fame director Ed Brophy was also a recipient of a commemorative belt as well as a plaque.
Hall of famer Mike Tyson and future hall of fame lock Bernard Hopkins entered the Guinness Book of World records last night at the awards banquet of the 49th annual WBC convention in Las Vegas. Tyson was actually awarded with not one but two certificates of recognition- most flash knockouts by a heavyweight in a career (9 in less than a minute), and youngest heavyweight champion (20 years, 144 days), while Hopkins was recognized as the oldest man to win a major world boxing championship (46 years, 126 days). Fellow Guinness honoree Oscar De La Hoya presented each man their certificates along with WBC president Jose Sulaiman. De La Hoya had been honored earlier for highest career PPV sales by a boxer ($696 million).
Other honors and recognitions bestowed included a moving moment in which the family of former two-time champion Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez received a plaque and trophy commemorating his contributions to and beyond the sport of boxing. Hernandez was also honored by the World Boxing Cares arm of the WBC for his countless hours of time and contributions made to sick and under privileged children. Former ring rival Oscar De La Hoya made the presentation to Hernandez’ wife and kids. Hernandez’ family then presented the first ever Genaro Hernandez Eternal Heart award to middleweight champion Sergio Martinez.
Several female champions were recognized by the WBC female division committee as well. Among those honored were female legend Christy Martin, Jelena Mrdjenovich, Momo Koseki, Mariana Juarez, Naomi Togashi. The Japan Boxing Commission were also honored for their fine work on behalf of female boxing in Japan.