In response to statements made by WBC light flyweight champion Rodel Mayol and his handlers, who said that they are concerned that Mayol will not be treated fairly by the ring officials in his fight this Saturday in Mexico, the World Boxing Council has expressed extreme disappointment in these “irresponsible comments” and plans to refer the matter to the WBC Disciplinary Committee.
The WBC has prepared the following statement:
The World Boxing Council is extremely disappointed to have read the statements made by Rodel Mayol and his camp in a published article. It is with deep regret that we have learned about the feelings of Mayol, of the Phillipines, and the WBC will get to the bottom of these unfounded concerns, as we cannot understand his declarations.
To put the record straight, here are some facts:
* Mayol competed in a final elimination fight in Cancun, Mexico, in 2006. The fight was ordered by the WBC to determine the WBC mandatory contender. Rodel won by knockout in three rounds. All ring officials were neutral.
* After he won the final elimination fight, the WBC named Mayol its mandatory contender.
* WBC rules allowed Mayol to challenge WBC champion Eagle Kyowa in Japan and he lost by unanimous deicison. All ring officials were neutral.
* Mayol was given the opportunity to challenge WBC champion Edgar Sosa in a voluntary fight, and signed two options, which is common practice everywhere in the world.
* Mayol defeated Sosa in Chiapas, Mexico. All ring officials were neutral. The WBC will not even discuss the major controversy which arose from that fight, but simply mention that the WBC stood firmly by Mayol and confirmed him as WBC champion.
* Omar Niño fought and defeated Juanito Rubillar in a WBC final elimination fight, just as Mayol did in 2006. Niño was named WBC mandatory contender. All ring officials were neutral.
* Niño agreed to allow Sosa to fight Mayol instead of making the mandatory defense, as it was due in November, 2009.
Now that Mayol is champion, it seems that he has forgotten those same rules that helped him realize his dream of becomming WBC champion of he world. For him to question the WBC’s integrity is unacceptable and to question the honestly of the four North American ring officials selected for this bout will not be tolerated. The WBC appointed Gary Ritter from Oklahoma, Nathan Palmer from Indiana, and Stephen Blea from Colorado as judges, and referee Vic Drakulich from Nevada, all neutral officials.
The WBC is a world organization, based in Mexico, and has supported Philippine boxing throughout the years. The Philippines have a strong foundation in the WBC, and Mr. Justiniano Montano of the Philippines was a past president of our organization. The WBC has gone all-out to implement rules to guarantee that justice prevails: all WBC world title fights are sanctioned with a neutral set of officials. For the record, Mayol has fought and lost three times for other organizations’ championships, and we wonder if those ring officials were from neutral countries?
It is regrettable that Mayol, who is a very nice and gentle person, could allow these irresponsible comments to be published on his behalf. His claims that the officials will hurt him and that he didn’t need to fight Niño have been explained in this statement, and the WBC is referring this matter to the WBC disciplinary committee to evaluate and rule if any actions will proceed to clarify these claims.