Social Media Erupts As WBC Refuses To Strip Charlo Despite His Absence-‘Shameful’
According to Mauricio Sulaiman, the president of the WBC, Jermall Charlo will still be backed as the middleweight champion by the organization despite not defending his title for almost two years.
Charlo won his last fight in June 2021 against Juan Macias Montiel. The fight lasted 12 rounds, as he walked away with a unanimous decision.
Charlo was supposed to defend his title against Maciej Sulecki on June 18th, 2022, but the fight got called off due to the American’s back injury. After that incident, Charlo has been away from the ring for a longer time due to personal issues.
Despite Charlo’s failure to defend his belt, Sulaiman stated that the sanctioning body will still consider him their world champion after having met him at a recent WBC convention.
In his comments to Izquierdazo, Sulaiman said: “It was a wonderful meeting, very nice…He has been through complicated personal issues. He thanked the WBC for the support that we have given to him. He is our champion, and he is coming forward.”
Those comments did not resonate well with the boxing community since they questioned why Charlo had not been made a champion in recess, or stripped, since it had hampered the other fighters in the division.
Social Media Reaction
@wbcmoro this is shameful! 🤮 WBC BASURA!
— Boxing Casual (@BoxingCasualFan) April 10, 2023
Dude hasn’t fought in 2 years and hasn’t been stripped or moved to “champion in recess”. We can all see that We-Back-Charlo has been supportive.
— MC (@Mixatli) April 10, 2023
— Boxing Heisenberg (@BoxingHeisenbe1) April 10, 2023