The president of the World Boxing Council, Mauricio Sulaimán, revealed that the green and gold sanctioning body is willing to make multiple concessions, including lowering their sanction fees, so that boxing can relaunch after being on the shelf for the better part of two months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sulaiman explained that professional boxing faces a new reality, and just as many boxers must be willing to lower their financial demands to be able to fight behind closed doors, the WBC will be ready to review existing mandatory orders and grant boxers the ability to fight at higher weights if needed.
"I feel like there is going to be an effect that we all have to participate in," said Sulaiman told ESPN Deportes. "It will be necessary to have flexibility, make adjustments to what situations are coupling, adjust fees... What I directly announce is that we are all going to have to be flexible, the sanctioning fees will go down and we will try to cut expenses for everyone."
The president of the WBC explained that in the area of mandatory orders, they will review things case by case, since due to the circumstances, it is perhaps unfeasible that some of these battles will take place.
“We are going to see case by case, for example, José Ramírez was going to defend the super lightweight title against Viktor Postol. It was going to be in China in February and it was suspended, then it was going to be in California in May and it was suspended. Today Postol is in Ukraine, and if he cannot travel, we cannot punish Ramírez. We are going to look at things, case by case,” Sulaiman said.
Sulaiman stated that nobody has contacted his organization regarding a mandatory fight between welterweights Errol Spence and Danny García.
Finally, another concession, he noted, is that overweight fights are likely to be allowed to champions, as very few have a chance to train at 100 percent.
“It is a very important point, no one is training at a high level for obvious reasons. This time everything is possible, it would be of little sense not to have the opening, when we are all living during something unexpected," Sulaimán said.