ORAn external decision could cause the World Boxing Council (WBC) remove to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez of his franchise title, which he received in 2019
ORAn external decision could cause the World Boxing Council (WBC) remove to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of his franchise title, which he received in 2019.
The reason is that the victory of Teofimo Lopez on Vasyl Lomachenko caused the fighter of Honduran origin to proclaim himself undisputed world champion in lightweight, even though the WBC lightweight title belongs to Devin Haney who defeated this Saturday to george cambosos.
Haney renounced the franchise title that belonged to Kambosos, who defeated Teofimo, precisely stating that this belt has no value. A) Yes, the only franchise champions that maintains the WBC are “Canelo” Alvarez and Francisco “Gallo” Estrada, so the WBC could discontinue this recognition, due to the difficulty of giving it legitimacy.
If this occurs, the WBC He would withdraw the appointment of both “Canelo” and “Gallo”, at the table. Probably the decision would not affect the Mexican fighter so much, because in addition, it will be difficult for him to fight again in the 160-pound division.
The franchise championship of “Canelo” Álvarez
In June 2019 “Canelo” Álvarez was reclassified as “franchise champion” of the recently created WBC, prior to his conquest of the undisputed 160-pound title. However, this caused confusion, as interim titleholder Jermall Charlo was elevated to world champion status at the same time.
“The franchise champion is a designation and a special status that the WBC can grant to a current WBC world champion, who is also an elite boxer and who has achieved and maintains the highest stature in the sport“, tried to justify the WBC.
“The WBC can, by a two-thirds vote of the board of governors, appoint in each weight class a WBC franchise champion. A franchise champion shall enjoy special status with respect to his mandatory duties, hold multiple titles and compete for the titles of other organizations, as determined by the WBC board of governors on a case-by-case basis…
“The WBC bestows this honor on champion Álvarez due to his many achievements, which have positioned him as one of the world’s top attractions in boxing, and in view of his undisputed boxing career linked to our organization,” he added.
The designation was given with the consent of the body, the same fighter and his promoter at that time, Golden Boy Promotions, even if that meant Álvarez was not the WBC world champion.
The only requirement, established by the WBC, was that the recognized champion “participate in a minimum of two social responsibility events each year, organized together with the WBC.”
Meanwhile he Interim WBC Champion Jermall Charlois now confirmed as the WBC Middleweight World Champion.
When Álvarez won the world title and Charlo was the interim champion, the WBC did not order mandatory combat, allowing Álvarez to challenge Daniel Jacobs.