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The WBC Paid For Earnie Shavers Funeral

Cool Story - The WBC Paid For Earnie Shavers Funeral

Mauricio Sulaiman didn't want to attract anybody's attention. The WBC President would have preferred that nobody noticed. He was aware of what the WBC and he did. That satisfied him enough.

Earnie Shavers passed away on Thursday, September 1, a day after turning 78. He was a lovely man with monstrous strength who was widely regarded as the most powerful heavyweight boxer in history. Shavers was in poor health for a while (74-14-1, 68 knockouts).

Sulaiman had kept a close eye on the situation. When Shavers passed away, the WBC, which had been paying Shavers medical bills, also paid for his funeral.

Sports media, particularly boxing, frequently attacks the sanctioning organizations. Sadly, it happens frequently that positive actions taken by sanctioning organizations—like what Sulaiman and the WBC did for the Shavers family—are ignored.

Sulaiman stated, "We had spoken to the family a few weeks prior and, very regrettably, Earnie had passed away." I have a lot of stories about a lot of boxers, but my favorite story about Earnie is how my father, Hall of Famer Jose Sulaiman, loved to talk about the moment Shavers knocked down Larry Holmes (on September 28, 1979, during Holmes' WBC heavyweight title defense).

That occurred in front of my father. Larry was shouting to himself in despair, "I've got to get up, I've got to get up," as Holmes was knocked out. Holmes got up at nine, and he was successful in defeating Shavers. One of the heaviest blows ever delivered in boxing. That was a story that my father loved to tell.

"Earnie was such a kind, gentle person. He never failed to smile. He was respectful to everyone. He has a lovely family to carry on his legacy."

The Jose Sulaiman Champions Fund, managed by Hublot Watches with the assistance of the WBC, assists elderly and impoverished fighters who may not have the resources to support themselves. As it did this time with the Shavers' family, it also pays for health and funeral expenditures.

Many boxers and trainers who were inactive during the COVID-19 outbreak received meals from the WBC. The public is familiar with Canelo Alvarez, Tyson Fury, and Sugar Ray Leonard, but they are unaware of the numerous more fighters who don't make it and serve as cornermen or sparring partners for future world champions.

We can't forget about the men who worked behind the scenes. This field is boxing. Taking care of our own is a need. It's unfortunate because once you're no longer useful or of any value, you're usually forgotten.

Behind the scenes, we're working to support those competitors, especially the more experienced ones like Earnie Shavers, who provided so much delight to the fans.

Sulaiman wants to continue his father's tradition, therefore he makes it a priority to assist fighters, coaches, and those who become his sparring partners.

According to Sulaiman, "boxing is such a social hub, it's closely connected to society, and most boxers come from really modest households, it is a very much a family issue, and the families are involved."

Those are the people whom the WBC and I try to remember and help first.

He inherited that from his father. They visited the Shavers' family. They did not come to us. They wanted to assist Earnie as soon as they saw that she was in need. We should all work together more as a huge family.

At first, Sulaiman was hesitant to respond to inquiries regarding who would pay for the Shavers' burial expenses. The WBC President wished nobody would notice.


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