Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
Day four of the 50th anniversary WBC convention in Cancun, Mexico was a multi-faceted one. After finalizing the heavyweight ratings from the day before, the path through the day wove it’s way through several other presentations, recognitions, and discussions, including the big topic of mandatory defenses.
2008 Olympic Gold medalist and current WBC #3 rated cruiserweight Rakhim Chakhkiev was recognized by president Sulaiman and lobbied for the right to follow the Fragomeni-Branco winner as next challenger to champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk.
Former WBC Super Bantamweight champion Oscar Larios presented a plaque to former world bantamweight champion Jose Becerra.
Dr. Paul Wallace delivered his synopsis of the WBC medical board’s meetings this week. The board continued on going analysis of boxing glove construction and safety as well as njuries and fatalities in the ring. Lastly, improved testing after a medical suspension was delved into. At this time, Dr. Wallace doesn’t feel there is adequate post-suspension testing. Dr. Wallace explained that the testing is inexpensive and necessary to determine the readiness of a fighter to return to the ring after a specific number of days suspension.
Marina Sheppard of Boxrec.com presented the record keeping website to the convention delegates. A show of hands made it clear that the website is a widely used boxing records utility among those in the boxing business.
South African promoter Rodney Berman made an official presentation to the WBC board of governors for South Africa to host the 2014 WBC convention at the Emperor’s Palace Hotel. A short video as well as portions of a recent Time Magazine article were read to the delegation. A vote will be held by the end of the convention.
Mandatory defenses were then reviewed, in terms of who the mandatory challenger is. In certain cases, the top two fighters will participate in a final eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger to the champion. In most cases, the actual due dates of the mandatories were not reviewed.
Heavyweight Champion: Vitali Klitschko
Mandatory: Chris Arreola – Bermane Stivern winner
Cruiserweight Champion: Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Mandatory: Giacobbe Fragomeni – Silvio Branco winner
Light Heavyweight Champion: Chad Dawson
Mandatory: None named at this time (Fighting Jean Pascal rematch as optional defense)
Super Middleweight Champion: Andre Ward
Mandatory: Winner of Nikola Sjekloca – Sakio Bika eliminator
Middleweight Champion: Sergio Martinez
Mandatory: None named a this time (fighting Martin Murray, approved by WBC is Murray’s WBA interim champion status not used in build up to fight)
Super Welterweight Champion: Saul Alvarez
Mandatory: Winner of Martirosyan – Lara rematch
Welterweight Champion: Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Mandatory: Robert Guerrero (Interim Champion)
Super Lightweight Champion: Danny Garcia
Mandatory: Winner of Lucas Matthysse (Interim Champion) – Hank Lundy winner
Lightweight Champion: Adrian Broner
Mandatory: Winner of Daniel Estrada – Nihiko Arakawa rematch
Super Featherweight Champion: Gamaliel Diaz
Featherweight Champion: Daniel Ponce De Leon
Mandatory: Celestino Caballero
Super Bantamweight Champion: Abner Mares
Mandatory: Victor Terrazas
Bantamweight Champion: Shinsuke Yamanaka
Mandatory: Winner of Malcolm Tunacao – Cristian Esquivel final eliminator
Super Flyweight Champion: Yota Sato
Mandatory: Carlos Cuadras
Flyweight Champion: Toshiyuki Igarashi
Mandatory: Edgar Sosa
Light Flyweight Champion: Adrian Hernandez
Mandatory: Winner of eliminator between #1 & #2 rated contenders
Strawweight Champion: Xiao Zhou Zhong
Mandatory: Denver Cuello Singwancha (after a voluntary defense in China)
A meeting will be held to investigate the entry of the WBC into the field of amateur boxing through WBC sponsored tournaments.
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The World Boxing Cares arm of the WBC visited a training facility for developmentally disabled young people yesterday on the outskirts of Cancun. Many of the trainees are afflicted with Down’s Syndrome. Among the tasks at the training center make piñatas, the traditional Mexican party favorite. Cleto Reyes gloves and boxing equipment provided t-shirts, and other boxing related trinkets and gifts for the trainees. Several former champions attended including Jung Koo Chang, Terry Norris, Humberto “Chicquita” Gonzalez, Oscar Larios, Daniel Zaragoza, Sugar Ramos, Christy Martin, Pipino Cuevas, Freddy Castillo and Cesar Bazan.