Maidana v Broner II pushes Figueroa closer to full WBC champion status

Interim WBC lightweight title holder Omar Figueroa is set to become the full champion with the World Boxing Council as soon as Adrien Broner gives notification of his intent to stay at welterweight.

Broner, 24, has announced his desire for an immediate rematch with WBA 147lb king Marcos Maidana this week, which was ratified to WBN by Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, with the pair set for a second clash in April.

That would then leave the WBC 135lb belt currently in Broner’s possession in further limbo, which Mauricio Sulaiman exclusively told WBN would mean that Figueroa would then be handed top status.

The Texan defeated Japan’s Nihito Arakawa in a classic match-up in July 2013 to grasp the fringe title belt and now stands to become a world champion at just 24 years old as he contemplates his next move.

“The WBC ruled during the last convention to confirm Omar Figueroa as WBC undisputed champion once it was confirmed that Broner would not comeback to lightweight division,” Sulaiman explained to World Boxing News.

Following his poor showing against Maidana the first time, Broner was tipped to move back down the weights to light-welterweight at the very least, although ‘The Problem’ now wants the chance to rectify his only loss as the Argentinian considers the proposal.

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