70 years in the fists of champions
April 18, 2015 marked the 70th anniversary of the first use of CLETO REYES gloves in a world championship fight; the one carried out on April 18, 1945 in the Plaza de Toros la Condesa, between the Mexican world lightweight champion Juan Zurita and his American challenger Ike Williams.
For this reason, 70 years of being in the fists of the champions were commemorated: I remembered that my father, Don Cleto Reyes, told us that he had made the gloves for that fight, so as they say, I dived into the trunk of memories and I found the photo of the gloves and the belt, commented Mr. Alberto Reyes, general director of Industria Reyes S.A. de C.V..
The celebration of 70 years was not only internal, but it had a great impact to such a degree that on April 24, 2015 the National Lottery paid us an invaluable tribute, by designing a ticket for that day's jackpot draw, with the photo of Don Cleto Reyes and the gloves of the champions.
And it is that to speak of boxing is to remember that Don Cleto Reyes forged an industry where the gloves of this prominent Mexican shine to this day.
During these seven decades, Mexican world champions of all time; especially in the golden age, the 60's have used our gloves, as well as boxers such as Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, Mike Tyson and Manny Pacquiao have used Cleto Reyes gloves.
Mr. Alberto Reyes, who continued his father's legacy, was moved by the distinction made by the National Lottery. This tribute is something important for the family and for those who work in the company, the truth fills me with emotion to talk about this. It's not easy... it's seven decades..
In gratitude, Alberto Reyes presented some gloves as an award to the director of administration of the National Lottery, Sergio René Coppel Padilla, who commented: It is an honor to receive this recognition from one of the businessmen who puts the name of the Mexican industry very high, we will have it in a very special place, he pointed out..
Also present at the draw were Elizabeth, Magdalena and Alberto Reyes Alemán, as well as Mr. Rafael Mendoza Realpozo.
Award of the Platinum Glove
On Saturday, April 25, 2015, a gala dinner was held, which began with the unveiling of the bust of our founder, Mr. Cleto Reyes, by Mauricio Sulaimán Saldívar, president of the World Boxing Council.
Mr. Alberto Reyes commented: "This celebration is thanks to all the boxers who have supported us for 70 years and liked us; thanks to them we are here. We, mainly, demand ourselves to give the best service and always be respectful." pointed.
In addition, for the first time in the company's history, the Platinum Glove was awarded to individuals and companies that have contributed to boxing and fighters having a special place in the hearts and culture of Mexicans.
The first of them was post mortem for Don José Sulaimán Chagnón, who dedicated his whole life to seek the benefit of the boxer; Mauricio Sulaimán Saldívar, for giving continuity to his father's legacy.
Another recognition went to the legendary boxing agent and journalist, Mr. Rafael La Cobra Mendoza; the professor and historian specialized in boxing, Víctor Cota León, was another of the winners.
In addition to the Tecate and Corona breweries; and the television companies TV Azteca and Televisa
The world champions Carlos Cuadras attended the celebration. Pedro Guevara, the ladies Irma García, Zulina Muñoz, Ibeth Zamora, Yéssica González, Esmeralda Moreno and the former champions Daniel Zaragoza, Cristián Mijares, Edgar Sosa, Francisco Vargas, the wrestler El Hijo del Santo and the actor Gabriel Soto.
As a setting, an exhibition based on four scenarios was placed, where the main theme was the evolution of the glove, from four thousand years before Christ to the present day, which had a great impact among those present and was mounted by Blanca Garduño. .
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