Sulaiman Recognizes Vasiliy Lomachenko As WBC Lightweight Champion
Whatever title Devin Haney is holding, it’s apparently not the WBC Lightweight title as that belongs to Vasiliy Lomachenko, says Mauricio Sulaiman.
Lomachenko is set to collide with Teofimo Lopez in a title unification bout on October 17. Officially, Lomachenko holds the WBA (Super) and WBO Lightweight Titles. Lopez is the IBF Champion. Lomachenko was once the WBC Champion but his status got changed to “Franchise” while Haney was promoted from interim champion to the main titleholder.
Apparently, the WBC still recognizes Lomachenko as the real champion. WBC President Sulaiman said the following during a media call on Zoom (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“Lomachenko is the WBC lightweight champion. He won and petitioned for the Franchise designation. The Franchise is put above any champion in the lightweight category. So, Lomachenko is in fact champion with special attributes. He doesn’t have to face the mandatories that normally come when you win a vacant title. He was named Franchise and he could go ahead and make this fight with Teofimo Lopez.”
Those words may not sit well with Haney, who is scheduled for a title defense later this year. Haney will put his WBC gold on the line against Yuriorkis Gamboa on November 7. Haney has been clamoring for a matchup with Ryan Garcia if Garcia emerges victorious in his interim title fight against Luke Campbell on December 5.
The Lomachenko vs. Lopez event will air live on the major ESPN network and FIGHT SPORTS in over 50 countries worldwide. Join us this weekend for live coverage throughout the evening.