The World Boxing Council (WBC) based in Mexico declared the former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, as "King of human equality" in recognition of his struggle for peace and against Apartheid.
The decision to grant this special recognition to Mandela is part of the celebration of the 50 years of history of this organization, which was founded in February 1963 in Mexico City.
"The Governing Council has elected Nelson Mandela as the king of the world for human equality, unanimously and enthusiastically by all members of the body," explained Jose Sulaiman, who is the president of this Mexican organization.
Last December during a convention of its members held in Cancun, the WBC also appointed Mohamed Ali as the U.S. Boxing King.
The Board highlighted Mandela's struggle for peace, fight against Apartheid in South Africa, and the 27 years he spent in prison for this cause that ultimately led to his election as president of that nation.