The WBC Is At It Again!

By G. Leon

10/02/2005

The WBC Is At It Again!

The WBC is at it again. After informing Monte Barrett that he would be fighting in an elimination bout for the right to become mandatory challenger to the winner of the upcoming Vitali Klitschko-Hasim Rahman WBC heavyweight title fight, after collecting $3,600 in sanctioning fees from his purse against Owen Beck, Barrett receives a letter from the WBC dated February 9. The letter began by congratulating him for his win over previously undefeated WBC #4 rated heavyweight contender Owen Beck. But it didn't take long for Sulaiman and company to get completely ridiculous. The letter goes on to explain that Barrett will now have to fight James Toney in "a final elimination bout for the second mandatory challeneger." None of us might ever know what that means, but in either case, Team Barrett quickly responded to the Mexican based sanctioning organization to put them on notice that if Monte Barrett does not hold mandatory position as this goes to print, the WBC should reimburse his $3,600 sanctioning fee in full. Barrett explained that he never would haveĀ  agreed to the Beck bout being a WBC eliminator had he known he would have had to fight twice to become mandatory challenger, despite already being rated #3 by the WBC. One doesn't have to know much about boxing to understand that the WBC is trying to squeeze two sanctioning fees for the price of one. For a non-profit organization in dire financial straits due their past malfeasance, the WBC doesn't seem to be working around the clock to avoid being sued for their dirty business tactics yet again. REMEMBER WHERE YOU HEARD IT FIRST! (1:40 AM ET)