Boxing promoter and World Boxing Super Series co-founder Kalle Sauerland has been on a roll internationally this past year or so. Whether it’s Europe, the States, Asia or another big city or location around the world, the English-German promoter’s passport must be as accomplished as any this last year.
Sauerland recently spoke after the latest instalment of the World Boxing Super Series about how he doesn’t believe sport and politics should ever really mix.
Essentially, he was making reference to how when sports stars gain considerable acclaim that they shouldn’t then start getting into politics.
On a personal note, I don’t disagree with him.
That international appeal and treating of everyone the exact same regardless of their nationality, skin color or race works not only on a human level, as it should do of course, but in terms of boxing – it’s perfect.
Boxing is probably the most international sport out there with fighters and champions from every corner around the globe and with the continued consumption of the sport via the internet, this trend and globalization of boxing will only continue to grow.
Speaking to Kugan Cassius of IFL TV, Sauerland said:
“Glasgow, States, Russia, Saudi (Arabia) (next up for the WBSS). Yeah, you know, I separate sport and politics. That’s just the way I do things. You must remember that Zaire where the ‘Rumble In The Jungle’ happened had its fair share of politics at the time. Politics is one thing. I ain’t into politics. We had a great event down there (in Saudi Arabia). The locals were very nice people. Very, very nice people. A lot of expats as well. You were there. Yeah, nice people. To be honest they don’t get much (boxing) down there so why punish them for what’s going on in politics?”
True, true words Kalle Sauerland.