boxing icon*It’s good to be back folks after a short vacation following the holidays and going into the new year.

Speaking of which, I must take a moment to pay tribute to one of boxing’s greatest contributors who returned to God earlier this month.

Jose Sulaiman President of the World boxing Council, died at age 82 in Los Angeles at Cedars Sinai Hospital.

He was born May 30 1931 in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico. He joined the WBC in 1968 and rose to become it’s president in1975.

Of the many things that he contributed to boxing, and what stood out the most was effort to change the amount of rounds a championship fight would be sceduled from 15 to 12.  This resulted from a nationally televised bout between  Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and Deuk-Koo-Kim. This was a bout which resulted in Kim’s death.

Fight weight-ins were changed from the day of, to a day before a bout so that a fighter could re hydrate for a fight. And although he had his detractors, who some say he was a ally of promoter Don King, None could deny his charitable work in creating and funding a retirement program that benefitted down on their luck former fighters with 1000.00 a month.

They can say what they want about him folks, but he was one of the nicest guys you’d want to meet in the sport, and he was always nice to this writer.

May God’s peace and blessings be upon him.

In other boxing news, we saw Lamont Peterson win big in Washington D.C. last weekend against Deirry  Jean in a 140 lb championship bout. He looked very impressive and won on all three judges scorecards. We’re certainly looking forward to seeing more of him.

I hear that Luis Collazo is now calling out Floyd “Money” Mayweather now that he recently knocked out Victor Ortiz in two rounds. We’ll see how that goes. I’m not sure many people would want to see that one right now especially since I hear that Mayweather has only two more bouts left with the Showtime network.

What I think will more likely happen is him going out with a big money fight with someone like the winner of Bradley vs Pacquiao II that’s if they can work out the numbers, and determine who’s going to promote the darn thing.

And speaking of Pacquiao vs Bradley II, Top Rank Inc., will be kicking off the press tour on this Tuesday at the Beverly Hills Hotel for this much anticipated event.

I hear that Ricardo Mayorga has now re-signed with Don “Only In America” King.

This cigar smoking, thrash talking, and hard hitting guy can still fight believe it or not so don’t count him out yet. I also hear that he’s working with three of the best trainers in the business, Floyd Mayweather Sr., Joel Judah, and Ruben Guerrero all of whom have sons that have made their mark in the sport.

Gennady Golovkin made easy work of Osumanu Adama in seven rounds this weekend in a bout that was telecast everywhere except here in the U.S.

Golovkin is the current WBA, and IBO middleweight champion and this makes his 16th straight knockout with 29 wins and no defeats.

It’s highly possible that his next opponent could be James Kirkland on April 27th in New York at the “Garden”, we’ll see what happens.

And finally, I’d like to continue to send out my thoughts and prayers to my good friend Oscar De La Hoya whom I first met up in Big Bear back in ’97 when he was preparing to fight David Kamau. At that time he was being promoted by Top Rank and being managed by Mike Hernandez.

He’s come a long way from those days, and has accomplished a whole lot since then. And now has become one of boxing’s biggest promoters.

Keep your head up high, walk tall, and remember that God is the greatest!

That’s all for now, until we talk again, always remember this…..

“When the tide goes out, that’s when you’ll find out who’s been swimming naked”- Warren Buffet

Southern California based Mohammed Mubarak’s Ringside Update column can also be seen in the Pace News, the Inland Valley News, and the High Desert Inland Valley News. Mohammed is a portrait artist as well. He can be contacted at [email protected] for your comments.