By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champion Cristian “Diamante” Mijares expects the newly crowned WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz to respect for his official challenger position before making an optional defense. “It’s an injustice that the WBC has decided to give an optional fight to Leo Santa Cruz, when officially they granted me the right to face the winner of Santa Cruz against Victor Terrazas. I have the document where the WBC endorsed that fact and I think they’re now arbitrarily saying something else,” said Mijares.
Mijares lost a controversial split decision to Terrazas for the vacant WBC belt, that Terrazas subsequently lost to Santa Cruz.
“I accepted the option to wait for the winner between them. The fight has already happened and there was a winner, now I should go straight to a title fight. The WBC agreed with me. I shouldn’t have to wait for them to have another voluntary as they intend. As a professional who believes in the rules and in the sanctioning body, I’m disappointed by these actions,” said Mijares.
Mijares is continuing with his training to fight for the WBC world title fight at 122 pounds.
“I’m sure there will be a ratification of the commitment they have with me since I’m the official challenger for the super bantamweight title. I’ve been a champion of the organization in other weights and I have eight WBC title defenses that I’ve won in my career. I’ll wait for them to honor my request, which is fair and legal,” concluded Mijares.