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Mauricio Sulaiman becomes head of WBC, succeeding his father

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Mauricio Sulaiman is the sixth president of the World Boxing Council.
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MEXICO CITY (AP)

Mauricio Sulaiman has been elected president of the World Boxing Council, replacing his father who died last month.

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Sulaiman, 44, was chosen unanimously Tuesday in a vote by the leadership, the World Boxing Council said. Sulaiman becomes the sixth president of the organization.

Jose Sulaiman, who died last month at 82, was the longtime head of the WBC. He managed to institute new rules and regulations regarding boxers' safety and welfare and was considered a friend of his fighters.

In a statement, Sulaiman said: ''The World Boxing Council will not be the same because Jose Sulaiman is gone, but the WBC has its core and we want to work to follow in the footsteps of my father.''

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