Sulaiman surprised at Mayweather, won’t sanction WBC title for Alexander
WBC President Jose Sulaiman has exclusively confirmed to WBN that any bout between welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather and Devon Alexander will not be sanctioned for their 147lb title.
Mayweather, 35, announced the news this morning that IBF belt holder Alexander as the frontrunner to oppose him on his May 4 outing in Las Vegas, amidst widespread confusion between all other parties involved.
The WBC has stipulated that Robert Guerrero must be considered by Mayweather for a fight at some time in the near future, whilst Kell Brook has already signed a contract for his mandatory shot at Alexander.
Sulaiman has now followed the lead of the IBF in blocking any attempt to place a title on the line for the touted clash and if Mayweather continues to push his Alexander plans, the pound for pound king will face the prospect of a non-title bout.
“I am surprised and the WBC will not sanction it,” Sulaiman told World Boxing News.
“Floyd Mayweather received the courtesy of the WBC not withdrawing recognition of his title when he was in jail and we defended him up to the point. I have even received criticism from some of the press misunderstanding me as I am always in the corner of all boxers.
“However, Floyd Mayweather has the WBC rules to respect and they must be followed.
“I am further surprised as he has been a very loyal WBC champion,” he added.
35 year-old Mayweather could now revert back to his rumoured first choice of Robert Guerrero for his ‘Cinco de Mayweather’ as reports of a row over money surface as a major reason for the initial Alexander statement.