Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Schaefer: No Issue With Matthysse-Morales WBC Bout

By Keith Idec

Richard Schaefer isn’t about to apologize because the WBC has approved Lucas Matthysse-Erik Morales as a fight for the Mexican sanctioning organization’s 140-pound title.

“The WBC ruled that the belt was vacant,” Schaefer, chief executive officer for Golden Boy Promotions, said. “It wasn’t our ruling; it was the WBC’s ruling. And I believe that Erik Morales, based on the tremendous performance that he put forth in his last fight [against Marcos Maidana], and that Lucas Matthysse, based on the performances he has put forth, that this is certainly a fight that deserves to be fought for a world title.”

The WBC sanctioned Matthysse-Morales as a title fight after declaring undefeated Timothy Bradley as its super lightweight “champion in recess.” Bradley (27-0, 11 KOs, 1 NC), of Palm Springs, Calif., won the WBC crown from Devon Alexander (22-1, 13 KOs) in a championship unification fight Jan. 29 in Pontiac, Mich.

Bradley hasn’t fought in the six-plus months since winning that bout and is involved in litigation with his co-promoters, Gary Shaw and Ken Thompson. He isn’t expected to fight until that contract dispute is resolved.

Despite Bradley’s inactivity and the fact that Matthysse-Morales should be an entertaining, competitive fight, the WBC’s decision to make Matthysse-Morales a title fight drew criticism from fans and the media.

Mexico’s Morales (51-7, 35 KOs) is rated No. 2 in the WBC’s 140-pound rankings. Argentina’s Matthysse (28-2, 26 KOs, 1 NC), who is promoted by Golden Boy, is rated No. 5.

“When these two fighters were presented with the opportunity by the WBC, they of course immediately embraced it,” Schaefer said. “The way I understand it is that Timothy Bradley, he’s currently in some legal dispute with his promoter and it looks like his career is currently on hold. But the WBC did not strip him. I think they gave him opportunity, that when he has resolved his issues he would have an opportunity to fight the winner [of Matthysse-Morales] or whoever is going to be the champion by then.

“I was out of the country for a week, but I haven’t read anywhere that Bradley’s issues have been resolved. So those two guys are going to fight for the vacant title. So be it.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, NJ., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Arum Gives Latest on Lomachenko vs. Rigondeaux Fight Jeff Horn: I Can Beat Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor! Haye Feels Mayweather Has Zero Fear of McGregor Landing Shots Anthony Joshua: I’d Try MMA, But I Would Probably Get Beaten Saunders: I'd Jump at Chance To Face Daniel Jacobs in December! Carl Frampton Makes it Official: Leaves Barry McGuigan, Cyclone McGregor: No Fan of Canelo, Golovkin - I Want Lomachenko-Rigo Chris Algieri: McGregor Loses, Took Me 10-15 Fights To Transition McGregor: Horn Mauled Pacquiao - That Was No Robbery Daily Bread Mailbag: Crawford-Spence, Fantasy Matches, More DeGale: Mayweather-McGregor a Mismatch, But a Great Event Damon Jones vs. James Metcalf, British Eliminator Set, 10/21 Usyk vs. Huck: Otto Wallin vs. Timur Stark Added To The Card Euro News: Braehmer-Brant, Pawel Stepien, Pierre Madsen, More Andre Ward: We Could See Mayweather Win With BIG Knockout Pacquiao-Horn Funding Issue Resolved: Manny Plans To Fight Lomachenko-Rigondeaux Close For December 9 on ESPN Golovkin-Canelo and The Right Amount of 'Marinate' Andre Ward Warns Tony Bellew: This Ain't a Movie, This is Real! Cyborg Backs Mayweather To Win, Would Love To Enter Boxing Lennox Lewis: Mayweather Should Not Be 50-0, Fight is a Farce! McGregor: I'm Ready To Change The Face of The Fight Game Berto: If McGregor Beats Mayweather - It's a Big Blow To Boxing McGregor: Mayweather Would Need To Reincarnate Bruce Lee! Pacquiao-Horn: Funding Pulled Until Manny Commits To Rematch Andre Ward: Facing Anthony Joshua is NOT Off The Table! Video: Dillian Whyte Ready For Deontay Wilder, Discusses Future Andre Ward on Top Rank Rumors, Says HBO Contract is Up Yomar Alamo Blasts Zsigmond Vaas in One For WBC Youth Belt Sean Dodd Stops Antonio Horvatic In Tom Stalker Warm-Up Photos: Oleksandr Gvozdyk, Mike Alvarado Smash Opponents Lipinets Rips Indongo, Says IBF Title Was 'Stolen' From Him Crawford on Facing Pacquiao-Horn Winner Next: I'm All For It! Mayweather Not Focused on Surpassing Marciano's Mark of 49-0 Photos: Crawford Demolishes Indongo To Become Undisputed! Photos: Dillian Whyte, Bryant Jennings Blast Out Opponents Photos: Shakur Stevenson Dominates To Win Third FIght Joe Selkirk: I Came Back To Win a World Title Whyte: My Body Shots Would Make Wilder Fall in Three or Four! Video: Bryant Jennings Talks Wilder-Ortiz, Crawford, More
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement