Previous champion Adrien Broner was relieved of his belt once the decision was made by him and his team to rematch Marcos Maidana at welterweight.
Adrian Broner has been a pride of the WBC, being a former World Youth Champion, a former USNBC Champion, and WBC lightweight world champion. The WBC offered full support to him during his quest to campaign in the welterweight division.
During the period of time that Adrian Broner competed as a welterweight, the WBC ordered an interim championship and Omar Figueroa dramatically won the interim belt.
The WBC wishes to express to Adrien Broner our sincere wishes for his success in the future, as he will continue competing in different weight divisions. He will always have the doors open in the WBC.
The WBC is proud to ratify Omar Figueroa as the undisputed WBC lightweight champion. – World Boxing Council
Figueroa’s exciting victory over Nihito Arakawa in July of last year earnt him the interim belt, which has now acted as the catalyst to full status. The 24 year-old makes his first defence against Ricardo Alvarez on March 8 at the MGM Grand.
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