Sulaiman Talks WBC Heavyweight Title Picture
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman claimed he will not make a decision on the heavyweight title picture until after December 22nd.
The 22nd will see WBC’s number one challenger Dominic Breazeale battle Carlos Negron at Barclays Center, while in London, Dillian Whyte, the WBC’s number two challenger battles Dereck Chisora.
Both Whyte and Breazeale have a mandatory challenge to WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, who is looking at a rematch against Tyson Fury in early 2019. Further complicating things is current unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, who wants his shot at the green and gold title.
“This is the beauty of the sport,” he said to BoxingScene.com. “Fury came back and made everyone proud and is now a motivation to so many who are looking for answers in life. If you fall down but if you work hard, if you dream, if you have strength, then you can recover and be successful. I’m very proud of Tyson Fury and he did unbelievable work inside the ring and both fighters showed tremendous sportsmanship after the fight. So I’m very proud of what happened on December 1.”
“[When you’re working] you’re not 100 percent concentrated for the full three minutes of all the rounds,” he admitted. “That’s why I respect the judges, because they’re the only ones who are 100 percent attentive to what is happening inside the ropes with a seat that nobody else has. I believe the fight was very good, very close. I believe there were a couple of difficult rounds to score and I believe the two knockdowns have a great deal of importance in the final scoring and I prefer not to take the controversy of the wide score of [Alejandro] Rochin into account, I’d rather concentrate on the great fight and the end result, it being a draw, I believe it’s fair for both fighters.”
“There is of course frustration,” he said in regards to the judging of the December 1st Wilder-Fury split decision draw. “When you’re so close to getting the biggest win of your career or it’s your hero, you get frustrated. I see many people saw Fury win, especially British, and I saw many people saw Wilder win, especially the North Americans. So I do not think that Rochin is incompetent. I think he’s an honorable man who has been judging for many years and worked many great fights and I feel sorry that he’s taking a very big blow by fans and media, but judges are accountable and he saw the fight the way he saw it. Four points, 115-111 in my opinion is wide. Either way the fight could have gone, or a draw, but I think having a four-point difference is too wide and I trust the man is honorable but we all have an off-night in our work. I don’t think it was incompetence or illegal activity or something [is] wrong. He just had a night which he saw different things to what the other two judges saw.”
Looking ahead to December 22nd, Sulaiman claimed impartiality in-terms of what he and the WBC want to see next for their title, but believes Joshua will get his title opportunity soon enough.
“We are not promoters,” he continued. “This is a matter for the promoters to facilitate. What we do is mediate and what we’re trying to do is give boxing fans the best fights available. I have been on record for more than a year about Joshua, and I have been supporting Joshua to fight for the WBC title, to unify the heavyweight division. Unfortunately it didn’t happen when it could have happened. Both fighters took the wrong route, but the WBC will continue to support the idea of unification but the WBC has ruled in favour of a [Wilder-Fury] rematch and we have our mandatory contender situation that also has to be addressed.
“I am certain that Joshua will eventually fight for the WBC championship in the near future and I am certain that the heavyweight division will have interest in it that we have been waiting for for decades. There are great fights to be done in 2019 and hopefully all of the fighters that have been mentioned will be involved in the WBC championship.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene