The World Boxing Council wants to clarify publicly and events surrounding the status of former world champion Cristian Mijares in our organization.
We are very sorry to read some statements that seek to distort the facts and ignore what has actually happened. Cristian Mijares fought for the vacant WBC super bantamweight world championship, against Victor "Vikingo" Terrazas, losing a very close fight.
The WBC agreed, by vote, that Cristian Mijares be provided with a new opportunity for the title. The routine practice of our organization is to allow the new champion to make a voluntary defense prior to the mandatory, which is compulsory after winning a vacant title.
The WBC held direct and immediate communications with Zanfer Promotions, which is Mijares' promoter, to confirm Terrazas voluntary defense, which would be a rematch with Mijares. After various efforts by the WBC urging Zanfer to formalize this fight, we did not receive any communication from the promoter. For that reason, the WBC ordered a mandatory title defense of the champion Terrazas against official challenger Leo Santa Cruz. The purse bid generated for Terrazas, the biggest pay day of his career, which was of $ 368,000 dollars. Santa Cruz dethroned Terrazas. Santa Cruz's promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, offered the first defense of Santa Cruz to Mijares, which was accepted. Golden Boy then sent contracts to be signed- all being done with the direct participation and knowledge of the WBC.
After several failed attempts to get the contract signed for the fight Santa Cruz vs Mijares, and 20 days after verbal acceptance, which caused them to miss the television date, Golden Boy was forced to find another opponent, to allow Santa Cruz make his optional defense. Cristian Mijares has the right to object and proceed according to the provisions of the Rules and Regulations of the WBC, concerning any dispute or controversy, which is channeled through CAS.