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Sulaiman comments on Bradley

By Boxing Bob Newman

With today’s announcement of the WBC’s sanctioning of the Spetember 17th fight between Erik “El Terrible” Morales and Jorge Barrios for the vacant WBC Super Lightweight title, WBC president Jose Sulaiman felt the need to clarify the status of former champion Timothy Bradley. In his direct statement to Fightnews, here is Sulaiman had to say:

“Timothy Bradley has always been highly regarded by the WBC. Timothy has been closely associated with the WBC for many years. He won the WBC Youth World Championship in 2005, and has won twice the WBC World Superlightweight Championship.

“Timothy Bradley defeated Devon Alexander on January to conquer the WBC Superlightweight title. Since then, very unfortunately he has been facing several promotional and legal disputes, which has kept him inactive since January. Timothy has no fight scheduled at this time, consequently there is no information as to when he will be able to resume his boxing career.

“Timothy has also stated several times his desire to move up in weight to compete in the welterweight division.

“Given the legal issues surrounding his career, the WBC sent several letters to his management over several months, asking for him to confirm his intentions regarding defending the title. Unfortunately, the WBC received no response from Team Bradley to those inquiries.

“In any event, earlier this week the WBC Board of Governors voted in favor of designating Timothy Bradley as “Champion in Recess”, which is a supportive ruling to allow him to resolve his diverse problems, while continuing to recognize his elite status in the WBC, without freezing the activity in the division.”

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In other WBC news, a torrid lineup of WBC world title fights ison tap for the Fall schedule, with most being televised on U.S. Television.

Here is the hot lineup:

Sep. 8 – Wroclaw Stadium – Wroclaw, Poland HBO
Heavyweight World Championship
Champion Vitali Klitschko vs. mandatory challenger Tomasz Adamek

Sep. 17 – MGM Grand – Las Vegas HBO PPV
Welterweight World Championship
Champion Victor Ortiz vs. Floyd Mayweather

Vacant Super Lightweight World Championship
Erik Morales vs. Jorge Rodrigo Barrios

Sep. 17 – Staples Center – Los Angeles HBO PPV
Super Welterweight World Championship
Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Alfonso Gomez

Sep. 30 – Pechanga Resort – Temecula Showtime
Super Lightweight Final Eliminator
Ali Chebah vs. Ajose Olusegun

Oct. 1 – Boardwalk Hall – Atlantic City HBO
WBC Diamond Middleweight Championship
Champion Sergio Martinez vs. Darren Barker

Oct. 1 – MGM Grand – Las Vegas WOWOW (Japan)
Super Bantamweight World Championship
Champion Toshiaki Nishioka vs. Rafael Marquez

Oct. 15 – Staples Center – Los Angeles HBO
Light Heavyweight World Championship
Champion Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson

Vacant Lightweight World Championship
Jorge Linares vs. Antonio DeMarco

Oct. 29 – Boardwalk Hall – Atlantic City Showtime
Super Middleweight World Championship
Champion Carl Froch vs. WBA champion Andre Ward
Plus Super Six World Boxing Classic Final

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The WBC has offically announced their 49th Annual World Convention for December 11, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. This will be the WBC’s first convention held in the USA since 1993, then also in Las Vegas.

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