News 'Don Jose', as he liked to be called: Sulaiman at a weigh-in in Las Vegas in 2004

Jose Sulaiman was the boss at the World Boxing Council, boxing’s most respected governing body, for 38 years, and he liked to be called the Father of Boxing, Don Jose or Mr President. The tiny Mexican certainly helped make boxing safer by drafting and pushing through some drastic changes to the way the sport works during his reign as President; last November, when he was in a coma at a hospital in Los Angeles, he was made the WBC’s President for Life at the organisation’s annual convention in Thailand.

Boxing: Lewis tempted by £20m comeback offer

Nobody really knows when Lennox Lewis decided that retirement was boring and that the pull of the ring was too much to resist. It seems that on Friday last week, at a trendy bar in Jamaica's Montego Bay, Lewis told a journalist that he was returning to boxing.

Boxing: Beard row is a storm in a shaving cup for Williams

It turns out that the threat to the big fight here on Saturday night was more than anything a storm in a shaving cup. Danny Williams, Britain's challenger to the World Boxing Council champion Vitali Klitschko, said that if necessary he would withdraw from the contest if he was required to shave, or even trim, his beard contrary to his Muslim beliefs.

Boxing: Danny goes for broke in chasing the big one

Klitschko stands between Williams and lifelong goal

James Lawton: Lewis has to resist strong call of the ring

So, as we might have guessed, Lennox Lewis appears to have been living through a brief phantom retirement.

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