WBC Strips Tunacao's Regional Title

By Rey Danseco


WBC Strips Tunacao's Regional Title

The World Boxing Council (WBC) stripped the WBC International super-flyweight title from its highly rated Filipino fighter Malcolm Tuñacao for failure of making a title defense before Christmas.

Italy’s Mauro Betti, the WBC International championship chairman, took off the crown from WBC No. 7 ranked Tuñacao after December 22 – barely 15 months after he won it via 5th round stoppage of Indonesia’s Ringo Jaguar in September 2003.

Actully, as early as November, Betti already gave South Africa’s leading boxing promoter Branco Milenkovic an assurance for the right to stage the title in case Tuñacao’s failure to put it on the line for the first time.

From his headquarters in Sandton, Milenkovic informed Boxingtalk / Bagong Tiktik (Spy) in an email that he had waited for the self-managed Filipino stylist champion to negotiate with him the titular bout, but he never heard anything from Tuñacao, a former WBC World flyweight champion with current record of 16-1-2 win-loss-draw with 11 knockouts.

The Philippine Games and Amusement Board (GAB) boxing division chief Noli Flores told Boxingtalk / Bagong Tiktik (Spy) in separate interview that he already informed Tuñacao, through GAB Region 7 office in Cebu City, about the obligation of the Mandaue City fighter to defend the title before the end of the year.

The WBC assigned Milenkovic’s fighter, Masibulele "Hawk" Makepula (24-3, 17 knockouts), as Tuñacao’s mandatory challenger.

"I must admit, Makepula looked like a Million Dollars in his last fight at the Carousel and I believe the time has come for him to compete for credible titles against credible opponents," said Milenkovic, who is preparing in a purse bid that will be called by the Mexico-based WBC.

Milenkovic said, he is still waiting for Makepula’s opponent that WBC hasn’t yet determine.


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