“In May the president of the WBC Mauricio Sulaiman and I together signed a pair of boxing gloves symbolically securing a contract on hosting the 56th WBC Convention in Kyiv. Now there are only a few days left until this biggest event!” remarked Klitschko.
He informed that boxing stars Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Erik Morales and Oleksandr Usyk have already confirmed their participation. Altogether about 700 participants from 166 countries are expected to attend the Congress, including current world champions, legends of boxing, federation presidents of the WBC member countries, referees and sports officials.
Two boxing legends Vitali Klitschko and Lennox Lewis will also get together at a special event staged at the Convention. Their bout 15 years ago is still an open question. “I can say with certainty that this is going to be an intriguing event. We want to make a surprise. Lennox Lewis is ready, the same as I am,” said Klitschko.
“I wouldn’t be exaggerating to say that many wonderful surprises await you at the Convention. Kyiv becomes the boxing capital of the world! These six days will be rich in various showpieces- shows, meetings with fans, charity events, but mostly the Convention will be dedicated to shaping the future strategies of the WBC development,” stressed Vitali Klitschko.
In his turn the WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman told about his impressions of Kyiv. He emphasized that Ukraine’s capital is a very beautiful and safe city. He also praised Kyiv’s preparations for the Convention and remarked that the WBC would like to see Kyiv hosting the title bouts under its supervision. “I am excited to be in Kyiv. It is not my first visit and I can see that the city is changing, becoming more beautiful and modern. The weather is not very warm, but smiles of Ukrainians warm my heart. The whole world will be watching to see that happens here, in Kyiv. I think, this Convention will be one of the best,” stressed Mauricio Sulaiman.
According to Vitali Klitschko, the Convention agenda is going to be very eventful and interesting.
On Monday, October 1 at 10 a.m. the opening ceremony in Postal square will officially mark the start of the 6-day Convention. And in the evening at 7 p.m. at the same place the WBC will be auctioning off the sports memorabilia, including the original championship belts of the WBC star athletes. All proceeds raised from the charitable auction would go to set up a boxing gym for kids in Mariupil. On Tuesday, October 2 the WBC Cares will visit an orphanage in Obolon neighbourhood. The WBC is committed to social responsibility. And at 3 p.m. an autograph session with Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Oleksandr Usyk and Vitali Klitschko will take place in Gulliver mall. There will also be fun contests and raffles for boxing fans. On the same day Convention attendees are visiting a boxing show at Kyiv Sports Palace. On Wednesday, October 3 boxers will participate in a talent show and on Friday, October 5 the Convention invites everyone to visit a Ukrainian Boxing Hall of Fame which will be unveiled on September 29, and the Klitschko Brothers Museum.