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WBC Prez Defends Decision To Make Lomachenko a 'Franchise' Champ

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman claims Luke Campbell has not been robbed of the opportunity to fight for the full WBC lightweight title.

Campbell was scheduled to fight Javier Fortuna for the vacant WBC belt.

The belt become vacant after Devin Haney was named champion-in-recess in December, after suffering a shoulder injury that left him unable to defend the title.

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But then Haney recovered from the injury, and made a petition to regain to his title status.

The WBC approved his request and reinstated his position as full champion.

And then the sanctioning body downgraded Campbell vs. Fortuna to bout for the vacant interim-title, with the winner getting a mandatory crack at Haney, who in the meantime will make a voluntary defense.

There is a lot of controversy with Sulaiman's actions.

Haney was initially the mandatory challenger to world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko, who was elevated to the status of "franchise champion" - which allowed him to sidestep any obligation to fight Haney.

Sulaiman believes he made the right choices at 135-pounds, despite those choices creating a situation where the weight class will have three champions.

"Well, I see an opportunity for great matches to happen. To get more excitement going on. Fortuna and Campbell will fight for the 'interim' title. They had signed to fight for the title. Now Haney, with this time he has healed, so there you have an opportunity for many great fights," Sulaiman told

"Teofimo Lopez is a sensational attraction. Lomachenko, Fortuna, Campbell and Haney, so they have two years of great activity that could be happening.

"I choose the way of giving fans, millions of fans, great fights, which is what the sport is all about. If that will have a few not happy, a few confused, so be it, But I prefer to take the great activity in the ring to give millions of fans great fights."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Citizen Koba on 05-31-2020

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;20587832]Arum would rather match Lomachenko against opponents that he has a piece of. That way no matter who loses he always wins. Devin is with Eddie Hearn. That messes up Arum's monopoly, so what better way to remove Haney from…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 05-31-2020

[QUOTE=Citizen Koba;20587431]The question you want to be asking yourself is whether Bob would have asked for it if Devin hadn't have been #1 contender. Do you think Bob would like the idea of being able to make whichever fights he…

Comment by TonyGe on 05-31-2020

[QUOTE=daggum;20587281]they just want loma to be able to come back at any time because he brings them money. down with capitalism[/QUOTE] Yeah it's all about the money. When Canelo vacated the WBC it scared them and they came up with…

Comment by TonyGe on 05-31-2020

[QUOTE=daggum;20587278]yeah i wonder who cheated while using tue's...santa claus?[/QUOTE] Are you referring to Canelo?

Comment by Citizen Koba on 05-31-2020

[QUOTE=TarasMarcenko;20587054]I want to poke an obvious hole in your scenario. You're saying Haney was a mandatory and they gifted Haney with the belt so that that Loma could avoid him. You also say a mandatory had not been ordered yet…

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