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WBC to make ruling on title if Sergio Martinez wants Miguel Cotto defence

Phil Jay 10/01/2014

Acting head of the World Boxing Council Mauricio Sulaiman has explained the situation regarding their middleweight title after the announcement that Marco Antonio Rubio will face Domineco Spada for the interim version.

With both Rubio and Spada highly-ranked by the body, the pair have been handed the chance to basically be the champion in waiting, with the idea that once the injured belt holder Sergio Martinez returns he will defend the full title against the winner.

The Argentinian is currently in talks for a massive clash with Miguel Cotto on June 7 at Madison Square Garden though, which the Puerto Rican will obviously hope is for the championship held by Martinez.

Allowing Cotto to leapfrog the winner of Rubio v Spada has not yet been address by the WBC, although Sulaiman told WBN that they will reach a conclusion on the matter if and when it happens.

“We prefer not to speculate as to whether Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto will agree to fight as the complete middleweight title scenario was reviewed during the WBC convention as Martinez was then injured and the WBC followed its ruling step by step.

“Rubio vs Spada will be for the interim title due to the fact that Martinez cannot fight by March. If any other fight is scheduled before then, the WBC board of governors would then proceed to vote and make a ruling on that fight,” Sulaiman clarified to World Boxing News.

Cotto, 33, as it stands now is attempting to put the clash with Martinez together along with his team for the summer, but his advisor recently pointed out to WBN they are prepared to move on if no agreement is forthcoming.

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