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Sulaiman: No WBO, IBF Titles in Play in Donaire-Nishioka

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

World Boxing Council president Don Jose Sulaiman claims that in addition to the IBF super bantamweight title, which will not be at stake in the battle between Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire and Japanese southpaw  Toshiaki Nishioka, the WBO belt will also not be on the line in their much-awaited clash at the Home Depot Center in Carson City, California, tonight.

In reaction to earlier stories on BoxingScene.com/philboxing.com in which we reported that the IBF title would not be at stake since the IBF wanted Donaire to pay a substantial sanction fee which he declined, Sulaiman told us "The WBO title will not be at stake either, as both camps accepted to fight only for the Diamond Belt of the WBC."

Sulaiman stated the WBC would not have approved putting the Diamond Belt at stake with what he referred to as "other belts with much lower recognition" in an obvious reference to the WBO and IBF.

The WBC president also pointed out that "Japan does not recognize WBO or IBF titles" adding "why would Japan authorize Nishioka to contend for a title that they don't recognize
it?"

Donaire has already vacated the IBF title and it will be interesting to see, if he wins, whether or not he will also vacate the WBO crown. Donaire is possibly moving up in weight after this contest.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by loui_ludwig on 10-13-2012

LOL. Suliman had just made the WBC belts worthless when he made the silver and diamond belt. I am surprised he hasn't made golden belt.

Comment by daggum on 10-13-2012

now im not watching

Comment by OnePunch on 10-13-2012

[QUOTE=jsfd26;12601068]So they're fighting for the WBC "Silver" belt? Wonder how much Sulaiman is charging for it. :lol1: [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from Boxingscene.com App for Android[/I][/SIZE][/QUOTE] Suiliman will probably go to Nonito's dressing room after the fight to ask for his drawers........lol

Comment by ippo on 10-13-2012

well don't really care about the belts at stake,we are getting two top guys in the weight class fighting each other.

Comment by AntonTheMeh on 10-13-2012

lol. how'd he know?

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