By Przemek Garczarczyk
Josue Aguilar, trainer of mandatory WBC cruiserweight challenger Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (21-1, 13 KO), informed Fightnews.com that WBC has ordered negotiations to commence for the mandatory championship fight between Palacios and current WBC champ Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (46-2, 33 KO) from Poland. If there’s no agreement, a purse bid for this fight will happen on March 30 in Mexico.
Wlodarczyk and Palacios fought on April 4, 2011, in sold-out 7,000-seat arena in Bydgoszcz (Poland), with the champion winning a split decision that left both fighters and fans unhappy with their performances. “Diablo” did not mince words with his comments and “Wizard” also had some choice words to say. “I’m a cruiserweight champion of the most prestigious organization in the world – the World Boxing Council. Of course, I prefer to have great challenges, like fighting Guillermo Jones, Yoan Pablo Hernandez, Antonio Tarver or the most lucrative ones. I thought that we had an agreement with Antonio, but I’m hearing rumors, that he decided to go an easy and inexpensive way. I’m surprised that Showtime accepted such an average fighter like Lateef Kayode.
“My future? I will fight whomever my promoter will sign – I always followed this rule and if there will be nothing more interesting in the future, I can fight Palacios again. Last time we fought, he was running like rabbit for 12 rounds and afterwards he was crying like baby for 12 months about injustice using the internet. Maybe this time he will decide to actually fight me?” concluded Wlodarczyk.
Palacios’ response: “First of all, I want to say a big “thank you” to my promoter Don King and WBC president Jose Sulaiman for choosing the only way – the right one. And you, Lady Diablo, you know very well that I whooped your ass then and I will do it again and with a leveled playing field you will not be able to hide under your promoter’s skirt. You can call me whatever you want, even Rabbit Wizard – I will see you again,” said the Puerto-Rican fighter.