WBC President Breaks Down Current Title Tournament Situation
The situation surrounding boxing’s lightweight division, specifically within the WBC, is an interesting one. Mauricio Sulaiman, President of the WBC, is looking to clear the air.
It all started when Devin Haney beat Zaur Abdullaev for the interim WBC Lightweight Championship in September. He was then promoted to full-time champion after Vasiliy Lomachnko was promoted to “franchise” champion. Haney (24-0) was then sidelined due to shoulder surgery in November, forcing him to become “champion in recess” as a result.
Before a fight for the vacant title could become official between Javier Fortuna and Luke Campbell, Haney was reinstated as the champion. Now, Sulaiman has an idea in place where all the men named could be involved in the process to determine a true champion.
“Fortuna and Campbell will fight for the ‘interim’ title,” Sulaiman told Sky Sports. “They had signed to fight for the title. Now Haney, with this time he has healed, so there you have an opportunity for many great fights.
“I choose the way of giving fans, millions of fans, great fights, which is what the sport is all about. If that will have a few not happy, a few confused, so be it. But I prefer to take the great activity in the ring to give millions of fans great fights.”
Campbell (20-3) has fought for lightweight titles twice; he lost to Jorge Linares in 2017 for the WBA Lightweight TItle and lost to Lomachenko this past August for the WBA, WBO, and WBC Lightweight TItles. Before the Lomachenko loss, Campbell was on a three-fight win streak.
Teofimo Lopez, the current IBF Lightweight Champion, is looking to also add his name to the list of people who want a shot at Haney’s title. Sulaiman is all for adding talent he believes deserves a piece of the pie.
“Teofimo Lopez is a sensational attraction,” Sulaiman went on to say. “Lomachenko, Fortuna, Campbell and Haney, so they have two years of great activity that could be happening.”