From WBC President José Sulaimán:
On behalf of all the members of the World Boxing Council, representing 164 countries in the world, I would like to express our deepest congratulations to Showtime, to all the promoters involved, and to the six great fighters that will participate in the historic super middleweight championship tournament.
The WBC extends its full official authorization to the tournament and will absolutely cooperate and actively participate in any matter that may need our collaboration.
I am personally very proud to see that under the leadership of Showtime, some of the most important promoters of the world will work together in what promises to be a very interesting series of fights involving the best fighters in the division. The WBC has been very closely associated with most of them, and we are certain that the ultimate winner will be a hero to the world .
Carl Froch – current WBC super middleweight world champion.
Jermain Taylor – former WBC middleweight champion and current WBC No. 3 contender.
Mikkel Kessler – former WBC super middleweight world champion and current WBA world champion.
Andre Ward – current WBC No. 1 contender.
Andre Dirrell – current WBC No. 2 contender.
Arthur Abraham – undefeated, and a hero in Europe moving up from middleweight.
To my dear promoters and friends, Gary Shaw, Lou Di Bella, Mick Hennessy, Dan Goossen, and Wilfred Sauerland, and to the managers of all the fighters, please accept my congratulations for making this happen. Boxing needs to stand up and make great events like this, which can only be accomplished with unity, reciprocity, and hard work.
Congratulations to all, and I kindly ask you to accept my warmest and sincere regards.