WBC’s Sulaiman On Stripping Charlo – ‘We Still Care’

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman addressed his decision to strip Jermall Charlo following the boxer’s arrest for DWI.

Charlo crashed his Lamborghini on April 7 in Houston, later driving away from the scene. Charlo reportedly ignored the sirens from the police before getting pulled over a mile later. He was arrested. A sobriety test showed his alcohol levels were over .15. Charlo was charged with DWI and for fleeing from the scene, causing over $200 worth of damage. While the boxer posted a $9,500 bond, the WBC responded by stripping him. Carlos Adames was elevated from his mandatory position to a full WBC Middleweight Champion. 

“So the WBC has made the decision, but at the same time we have compassion and still care for [Charlo’s] well-being. When he returns to boxing, we will walk with him, as well. We absolutely moved to support Jermall and tried to find ways to help him get to a better position. He was injured, then had a mental health situation, and when he came back last year and was overweight – that was a concern,” Sulaiman said

The WBC had supported Charlo during his absence from the sport with mental health struggles. The American returned to the ring last year after more than two years out to beat Jose Benavidez Jr. During this period, the WBC refused to strip Charlo, saying they would support the fighter. Charlo even spoke about his desire to face Canelo Alvarez. This latest incident makes that unlikely, leaving Sulaiman disappointed that Charlo could not resolve his problems.

“He had been trying to resolve his weight situation, and it has gone nowhere. We are talking to [Charlo’s] promoter [TGB Promotions/Premier Boxing Champions] to help find the people who can help him with the specific actions he needs to take him to his recovery,” Sulaiman stated

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