The World Boxing Council (WBC) stated that Malcolm “Eagle Eye” Tuñacao is still their International champion in the super-flyweight division.
WBC International title chairman Mauro Betti, the Italian member of the powerful WBC ratings committee, said that they’ll call for a purse bid after Tuñacao failed to negotiate with his mandatory challenger.
“We haven't yet stripped or taken any decision against Tuñacao,” said Betti in a letter that was also sent to outgoing Games and Amusement Board (GAB) chairman Eduardo Villanueva.
On the other hand, Betti confirmed the report that the WBC No. 7 ranked Tuñacao’s official mandatory challenger will be South Africa's fighter Masibulele "Hawk" Makepula, a five-foot, 31-year old former world champ with 24-3 win-loss record with 17 knockouts.
“If Tuñacao is still available to make a mandatory defense against Makepula, the fight will go to purse bids,” said Betti.
The lanky Filipino fighter from Mandaue City won the won the belt for 11th ranked and below in his comeback fight via 5th round stoppage of Indonesia’s Ringo Jaguar in September 2003 in Antipolo City.
Tuñacao, a former WBC World flyweight champion with current record of 16-1-2 win-loss-draw with 11 knockouts, served as sparring partner of current WBC super-flyweight boss Katsushige Kawashima, who successfully defended his crown against previously unbeaten top contender Jose Navarro (21-1, 9 KOs) of the United States last Monday in Tokyo.
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