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Rizwaan
Zahid

Emotions overcome Chris Arreola

Suspension for foul language?
That's bull$#:+!!!

By Rizwaan Zahid
of The Boxing Amusement Park

The WBC convention ended recently with President Jose Sulaiman and company discussing many pertinent issues.
The results:
1) Chris Arreola was suspended because of his foul language during his postfight interview after his loss to Vitali Klitschko. and
2) Fathers are banned from working the corners of their sons.
These are the most important issues for the WBC? I have never seen anything like this.
It’s bad enough that the WBC had actually created a diamond belt for the Miguel Cotto – Manny Pacquiao fight, as if we don’t have enough titles to begin with. However, suspending Arreola for foul language seems beyond ridiculous. We hear corner men swearing during the middle of most fights so what makes it disgraceful for a fighter to display emotion with foul language afterward? It’s not as if he was insulting Vitali with that language.
Simply put, if the issue is with children hearing the language, I personally don’t think children should be up watching television at 11 o’clock at night. If they are, and watching a boxing fight of all things, they should expect to hear the occasional foul word.
This is not the first time we have heard a fighter swear in a postfight interview. This time, though, it seems as if someone was offended by Arreola’s remarks.
Swearing apparently is worse than Mike Tyson’s rant about eating Lennox Lewis’ offspring before he fought for Lewis' WBC title, since Tyson was not suspended for that incident .
 Meanwhile, Shane Mosley, Zab Judah and Joe Calzaghe are just a few excellent boxers who have gained titles and popularity under the guidance of their fathers. Now the WBC aims to ban this practice. According to Sulaiman, it was already in the rules, and now they plan to enforce it. Many would agree that this ban is a result of a new study that indicated that fathers in the corner are the biggest contributing factor to a boxer’s death, but how reliable is the data? And since this rule has never been enforced, only Sulaiman knows how they will enforce it now.
How many fighters and trainers have a “father-son” type of relationship? Freddie Roach. himself, said Manny Pacquiao is like a son to him. And in Saturday’s fight, Cotto’s father -- not his corner men -- was the one who wanted the fight stopped.
A six-month ban for foul language, and banning fathers from the corner? That's bullshit.
There, I said it.

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Rizwaan Zahid



Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Rizwaan Zahid is in his senior year at Carleton University in Ottawa, pursuing his Mass Communications degree, with the future aspirations of becoming a professional sports journalist.
Although relatively young, Rizwaan has shown his passion of writing the beautiful sport of boxing and has worked with Bragging Rights Corner, Boxing Banter, Diamond Boxing,
Fightfan.com, East Side Boxing as well as The Fight Network for over three years. With Fightfan.com, Rizwaan has been awarded the feature article of the month numerous times.
Over these past few years, Rizwaan has interviewed and conducted conferences with fighters and trainers such as Jeff Mayweather, Jermaine Taylor, Kelly Pavlik, Oscar De La Hoya, Roy Jones Jr., Jackie Kallen, Wayne McCullough, Manny Pacquaio, Wladimir Klitsckho and Emmanuel Steward.

Although boxing has been his main focus over the years, Rizwaan still has a strong passion for many other sports and has covered various sports in The Charlatan, Carleton University's newspaper.
Rizwaan has also worked with PHASE 1 Basketball, a camp based out of Toronto which is a showcase for the best basketball Canada has to offer on various levels, as well as the Out of Left Field blog which attracts numerous readers daily.

Rizwaan Zahid hopes to continue his efforts in journalism in the world of sports.
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