Hearn Worried WBC Will Give Wilder “Franchise” Tag
Last week, many in boxing were wondering what exactly the WBC were doing with their new “Franchise Champion” designation, first given to middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez.
The designation, which vacates the WBC’s middleweight title, gives Alvarez all the trappings of a champion, without being listed as the undisputed champion, essentially doing a similar tactic to the WBA’s “regular” and “super” superlatives for titles.
This has frustrated promoter, Eddie Hearn, who blasted the move, not only for its muddying up a contentious middleweight division, but the damage it can ensue on his heavyweight clients
“Jermall Charlo is not a world champion,” Hearn told BoxingScene.com Demetrius Andrade’s win on Saturday, as Charlo would be given the status of “undisputed” champion on Thursday. “He hasn’t beat a world champion. He’s a good fighter, but he was given a title.”
“We’ve got Dillian Whyte who is getting ready to be the mandatory challenger,” Hearn said of the division dominated by Deontay Wilder, who has held the title since 2015.
“We don’t want to fight for a vacant belt when Deontay Wilder moves up to “Franchise” champion. So, we will see what happens.”
While it seems unlikely for Wilder to accept a “franchise” tag as he continues his quest to become undisputed world heavyweight champion, the WBC is playing fast and loose with the “Whose Line Is It Anyway” mentality of there are no rules and the title names don’t matter.
Initial Report: Boxing Scene