By Mark Vester
Dave Coldwell, the trainer of junior middleweight Ryan Rhodes, is furious with the WBC's recent decision to sanction Saul Alvarez-Matthew Hatton for the vacant junior middleweight.
The WBC is claiming that 5 to 6 contenders in the top ten were unavailable to fight and as a result they were forced to sanction Alvarez-Hatton. But number-six ranked Vanes Martirosyan has already appeared on BoxingScene.com and said the WBC never contacted him or his camp.
Now another fighter in Rhodes, who is ranked at number-three and won a WBC eliminator in December of 2009 with a TKO over Jamie Moore, is also claiming that he was never contacted by the WBC.
"This is boxing politics at its worst," said Coldwell to The Telegraph. "The WBC, one of the most well-regarded bodies in boxing, is doing the sport no favors. The public barely understands the way the sport is run, and when an organisation of their standing does this it just makes it a farce for boxers working their way towards the title."