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October 05, 2017

WBC CONVENTION UPDATE

At the fifty fifth World Boxing Council Convention, this year in Baku, Azerbaijan, the WBC's Board of Governors reviewed the championship situation in each of the seventeen weight classes. Here is their summary from lightest to heaviest: 

[All rankings belong to the WBC alone]

Minimumweight (105-pound) champion Wanheng Menayothin  makes a voluntary defense in November.  The number one contender remains Leroy Estrada.

In the light flyweight division, champion Ken Shiro fights number one contender Pedro Guevara. The winner of that must then face Ganigan Lopez.

In the flyweight division, champion Daigo Higa fights Thomas Masson in a voluntary defense on October 22nd.

In the super flyweight division, champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai requested a voluntary defense before a mandatory against Juan Francisco Estrada.

In the bantamweight division, the WBC Clean Boxing Program still has to rule on the findings on a positive test for champion Luis Nery.  Number two Emmanuel Rodríguez will fight a final eliminator against third ranked Petch Sor Chitpattana.

In the super bantamweight division, champion Rey Vargas fights mandatory contender Julio Ceja, who won the final eliminator.  Diego De La Hoya ranked at number two, and Hugo Ruiz, number three, will fight a final eliminator.

At featherweight, champion Gary Russell fights  Jo Jo Diaz next. That will be mandated for around May.

At super featherweight, Miguel Berchelt will fight a voluntary against Orlado Salido in December.  Francisco Vargas and Jhonny Gonzalez at two and three, will fight a final eliminator.

At lightweight, champion Mikey García  will fight WBA champion Jorge  Linares.

At light welterweight, if champion Terence Crawford vacates, number one contender Amir Imam will fight third ranked Jose Carlos Ramirez for the title. Number two ranked Regis Prograis will fight number four Viktor Postol for the interim title.

At welterweight, champion Keith Thurman who was injured, returns  to the ring in January. Mandatory contender Shawn Porter fights Adrian Granados on November 4th.

At junior middleweight, champion Jermell Charlo fights a  mandatory defence on October 14th against Erickson Lubin.  The winner of the semi-final between number four Maaclej Sulecki and number five Jack Culcay then fights number three Vanes Martirosyan.

At middleweight, the WBC Board of Governors has already voted for a direct rematch between champion Gennady Golovkin and Saúl "Canelo" Alvarez.  Number one contender Jermall Charlo will fight an available contender.

At super middleweight champion David Benavidez, aged just twenty, will fight  a rematch  against Ronald Gavril.  This Saturday, ranked Avni Yildirim fights number four Chris Eubank. Callum Smith, rated #1 by the WBC , is in the World Boxing Super Series tournament.

At light heavyweight, champion Adonis Stevenson fights a mandatory against number contender Eleider Alvarez in December.

At cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis is in the Super Series. So it's whoever emerges as the winner.

At heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder was supposed to fight Luis Ortiz, but will now fight number one contender Bermane Stiverne due to Ortiz's PED violations.



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