By Miguel Rivera
According to World Boxing Council executive secretary Mauricio Sulaiman, the sanctioning body is standing behind their welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26KOs), for the moment. On Wednesday, Mayweather appeared in a Las Vegas court and was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to a domestic abuse charge. Mayweather, and the mother of his three children, Josie Harris, had a physical confrontation in 2010. Mayweather was ordered to surrender on January 6th to begin his term.
Per the regulations of the WBC, when a champion or a highly ranked fighter gets incarcerated for a crime, the boxer is stripped of his title or removed from the rankings. Sulaiman and the governing board of the WBC will review Mayweather's case and make a ruling in the coming weeks.
"The World Boxing Council has always been in the corner of the boxer, and the organization was created to protect the fighter. Floyd is in a voluntary defense stage, although there is no request from him or his promoter for a fight in May, so we'll discuss his legal situation," Sulaiman said. "We will try to achieve the most fair outcome for the fighter and the fans. "