Remembering the 52nd Annual WBC Convention in Las Vegas

Legends on stage during the 52nd Annual WBC Convention in Las Vegas

Floyd speaks

By Chris Robinson

Earlier this month in Las Vegas, inside of the Mirage, the 52nd Annual WBC Convention was held.

It is hard to understate the amount of legendary fighters, trainers, and overall great boxing people who came through town throughout the convention’s duration and there was no shortage of emotions in the building.

On Jan. 16 of this year, longtime WBC president Jose Sulaiman passed away at the age of 82.

You could tell by all of the boxing brethren in the building just how much respect Sulaiman commanded and how much love he still receives.

Please check below for exclusive photos from HustleBoss.com’s Chris Robinson as well as award-winning photographer Naoki Fukuda that capture the energy inside of the Mirage.

WBC President Mauricio, son of Jose, during the ceremonies

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 Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., Oscar De La Hoya, and Erik Morales interacting

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Thomas Hearns and Floyd Mayweather shaking hands

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Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard years later

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Leon and Michael Spinks with their loved ones

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Jorge Arce, Don King, and Roberto Duran

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Heavyweight great Mike Tyson speaking

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Zab Judah is at nearly every Las Vegas event and he soaked up the festivities with Laila Ali

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Sugar Ray Leonard with a smile on his face

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Former super middleweight champ Joe Calzaghe enjoyed himself all week

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Kostya Tszyu with Ricky Hatton, reunited years after their memorable encounter

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The one and only Riddick Bowe signing autographs

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 Marvin Hagler being greeted by fans

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Mauricio Sulaiman and WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne

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Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns signing autographs

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Oscar De La Hoya on stage

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Mariana Juarez is always a fan favorite

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Paulie Malignaggi speaking on stage

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Sugar Ray Leonard and Mauricio Sulaiman on stage

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Ava Knight and trainer Ben Bautista

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 Reconnecting years later

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Cornelius Boza-Edwards and Jessie Vargas

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 Marvin Hagler with DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley

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Former champ Iran Barkley always gets respect

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 Photographer Naoki Fukuda is always on the scene

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Sulaiman’s wife on stage with former champ Jeff Fenech

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Former champions Clarence ‘Bones’ Adams and Lamon Brewster

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Heayweight legend Evander Holyfield

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BONUS PHOTOS

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EXTRA ATTRACTIONS

Cleto Reyes has been a staple in the  boxing world for years to come and their product continues to stand out. For a full listing of Cleto Reyes’ gear please click HERE

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Eduardo de la Cruz’s Box Art Apparel Collection offers up a fresh perspective for anyone looking for custom made boxing shirts. The Floyd Mayweather Sr. edition has especially been drawing interest. For more click HERE

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Rival Boxing Gear was present at the 52nd annual WBC Convention. Having recently set up a personal store out in Las Vegas, Rival Boxing is definitely a fixture in the city. For more click HERE

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Corley Sports Apparel is a venture created by former world champion DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley. For a closer look please visit HERE

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*** CHECK below for some of HustleBoss.com’s exclusive coverage from the 52nd Annual WBC Convention in Las Vegas…

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Marvin Hagler’s candid take on Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather pays respect to his fellow legends at the 52 annual WBC Convention in Las Vegas

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Ricky Hatton on Amir Khan ‘I think he’s got the style to beat Floyd; he’s quicker than Floyd’

Chris Robinson can be reached at CRobinson@hustleboss.com

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