By Boxing Bob Newman
Three weeks ago, WBC Super Lightweight Champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley scored the biggest win of his career as he came off the floor to unanimously outscore WBO champion Kendall Holt in the unification bout. In breaking developments, the WBC has contacted Fightnews exclusively to inform the boxing world that it is stripping Bradley for reneging on his promise to defend against #1 rated Devon Alexander after the Holt fight. Read on to see the explanation of WBC president Sulaiman as well as Bradley’s earlier communication to the WBC expressing his loyalty and requesting same from the organization.
José Sulaimán, president of the World Boxing Council is officially announcing that the WBC is declaring the super lightweight championship vacant, as the former WBC champion Timothy Bradley has definitely rejected to make his mandatory defense against Devon Alexander, who is the official challenger designated by the past 46th annual WBC convention celebrated in Chengdu, China. Timothy Bradley won his title from Junior Witter of England, when he defended mandatorily his title against Bradley. Bradley stepped on the rule that gave him the WBC title, tarnishing the prestige, the image and the honor of all WBC champions.
Therefore, with Devon Alexander, USA, the # 1, and Junior Witter, England, the # 2 of the WBC world ratings, the organization is ordering a match among both of them for the vacant WBC super lightweight championship, with the free negotiations starting on April 28th and with a purse offer to be held on May 22nd, in Mexico City, if no negotiations are reached before that date.
The WBC is attaching a letter by the former champion Timothy Bradley, who stepped on his commitment and his word by accepting the exception made to the rules by the WBC, to approve his fight against Kendall Holt, knowing that his next fight should have been against Alexander, of who he must be probably afraid, or what is worse, following the pressures of his representatives, as the WBC was informed that SHOWTIME would not buy the fight of Bradley against Alexander, which would be a significant fact that would show the actions taken by people of the boxing industry to control and monopolize boxing.