From WBC President Jose Sulaiman:
I am very sad to report the passing away of the great Mexican fighter Bernabe "Baby" Vazquez and of Mr. Ray Hawkins, a boxing judge from Texas.
"Baby"Vazquez, who was very close to me, must be considered as one of the greatest Mexican boxers of all times.
Mr. Ray Hawkins, a formidable human being who served as a ring official for the state of Texas, was without a doubt one of the best judges in the world.
The WBC declares a Day of Mourning for these sad happenings.
It has been a very difficult time, as the boxing family has lost several dear members in the recent weeks: Mr. Carlos Trapaga, the CEO of the newspaper Esto, who fought relentlessly to keep space for boxing news; Mrs. Thangarajah, wife of WBC Board member Edward Thangarajah, passed away in London; Mate Parlov, a great former champion passed away in Croatia; "Baby" Vazquez, and yesterday our dear Ray Hawkins.
May God keep them all in peace.