Jose Sulaiman is adamant that WBA and WBC light middleweight champion Saul Alvarez can’t keep both belts.
The 22-year-old Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) unanimously outscored “No Doubt” Austin Trout on April 20 to earn the WBA title.
A professional boxer since the ludicrous age of 15, Canelo will travel to Panama on Tuesday to be formally presented with the crown.
"The WBC approved the fight to Golden Boy with the knowledge of both boxers, Alvarez and Trout, that it would be with the condition that the winner would decide what title to keep," WBC President Sulaiman told World Boxing News.
“If the winner keeps the WBA title, it would be O.K. for the WBC, but we would declare the title vacant and order elimination bouts or a fight for the title. I informed my old friend Gilberto Mendoza of the decision taken by the WBC, but I got no response. The reasons for the WBC to have the no unification titles allowed in our rules are as follows:
a) That being matters as they are, specially at the USA, both organizations lose all control of our champions - *** The champion has two different regulations and mandatory defenses to comply with and usually it becomes a complete lack of control for both. b) The ring officials have to be split in three parties: one for each organization and two for the local commission. We are lucky if it is in Nevada as no ring officials for any of the organizations, and we become mere observers. c) Several promoters split the sanction fees in 50 % for each organization. d) Champions become very disoriented and the only thing that they do is come into the ring with all belts with the organizations struggling to place their belts; fighters without knowing what is what and what to do. e) Unification champions become some kind of a half or less owners of rights; some times some disagreements with our other organizations friends and it is a mess. f) Boxing commissions see both organizations with respect but with: 'we are the boss here' mentality.
There are other reasons, but those listed above are those that the WBC has had in the past with unified champions.”
A fierce redhead and thunderous slugger, Alvarez is poised to mature into one of the greatest prizefighters in recent history.
With or without the WBC, Saul Alvarez has “respect” and the alphabet organization is nothing more than “a mess.”
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