Canelo Made WBC “Franchise” Champion At Middleweight
The WBC has made Jermall Charlo the full and undisputed WBC middleweight champion of the world, but that does not mean Canelo Alvarez has been stripped of his world championship glory.
Alvarez, who became WBC champion after defeating Gennadiy Golovkin in September of 2018, has been tabbed as the “franchise champion” of the Mexico City based organization, while he loses the title of “undisputed” champion.
“During its recent mid-year meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, the WBC Board of Governors approved rule 3.26 of the WBC Rules and Regulations, which creates the designation of WBC Franchise Champion. The Franchise Champion is a special designation and status which the WBC may bestow to a current WBC world champion, who is also an elite boxer, and who has achieved and maintains the highest of statures in the sport,” the WBC said in a statement.
“Under Rule 3.26, in its discretion, the WBC may, upon a 2/3rd vote of the Board of Governors, designate in each weight category one WBC Franchise Champion. A Franchise Champion shall enjoy special status with respect to his or her mandatory obligations, holding multiple titles and competing for titles of other organizations, as the WBC Board of Governors rules on a case-by-case basis.
“The WBC is bestowing that honor upon champion Alvarez due to his many accomplishments which have positioned him as major worldwide attraction in boxing, and in light of his unquestionable boxing career linked to our organization. Canelo Alvarez has represented the WBC for 11 years with outstanding results in his professional career.”
Following that announcement, the WBC further explained what being the “franchise champion” entails.
1. The Franchise Champion will be designated as WBC Emeritus Champion once he retires from boxing.
2. The Franchise Champion will proudly represent the WBC in every single fight as a reigning WBC champion, regardless of any specific conditions or titles being associated with all future fights. WBC rules and regulations will govern under the traditional conditions of boxing in the Franchise champion fights. WBC will approve through the franchise champion promoter every opponent scheduled to fight.
3. Franchise Champion agrees to participate in a minimum of two social responsibility events every year, organized and in conjunction with the WBC.
4. The WBC may recognize a WBC champion in the division or divisions where the Franchise champion currently competes.
5. The WBC may award a Diamond Championship belt in those fights in which the Franchise Champion engages. If the Franchise Champion loses, the winner will receive the Diamond belt and may be considered as mandatory contender of the division
So, Alvarez is technically the middleweight champion, even if he isn’t the champion or if he loses in a match for the Diamond championship, which automatically makes them the number one contender to the title that Alvarez was stripped of.
Jermall Charlo will now defend the undisputed WBC middleweight title at NRG Arena on Saturday June 29th against Brandon Adams.