In a development almost as unexpected as Mike Tyson's knockout loss toBuster Douglas last Saturday night in Tokyo, Jose Sulaiman, the all-powerful president of the World Boxing Council, will tender his irrevocable resignation at a meeting of his executive committee in Mexico City on Wednesday, according to a Newsday report.
Sulaiman could not be reached Friday, but sources say his action comes in response to the extreme negative reaction among the press, public and members of his own organization. That came because of the WBC's withholding of recognition of Douglas as its heavyweight champion in response to a spurious long count protest by promoter Don King.
"He's very, very crushed by this," a source said. "He feels he's made a grievous error."
According to sources, Sulaiman wrote of his impending resignation in a letter to Steve Crosson, who resigned as WBC treasurer Wednesday.
Sulaiman's post-fight declaration that the WBC heavyweight title was vacant pending an investigation was perceived as being demanded by King, who for many years has had a cozy relationship with the Mexico City-based WBC.
At the meeting Wednesday, the WBC is expected to vote on whether Douglas must grant Tyson a rematch or fulfill a commitment to No. 1 challenger Evander Holyfield.