Gonzalez, Mares and Velez mandatory situation clarified by the WBC

Phil Jay 29/05/2014

The mandatory status regarding the WBC featherweight title has been put on hold in the wake of champion Jhonny Gonzalez’s recent successful defence against Clive Atwell.

Gonzalez out-pointed Atwell in a fight cut short after ten rounds at the Convention Center in Acapulco and was due to defend his title against the winner of Abner Mares v Jayson Velez – a fight which was yet to be agreed.

A formal statement from the World Boxing Council was released to WBN on Wednesday night outlining what will happen now as Mares has signed on to face Jonathan Oquendo on the Canelo v Lara bill.

“The WBC is hereby postponing until further notice the purse offer for the fight between Abner Mares vs. Jayson Velez, and a thorough revision of this division and its pending contracts/options will be addressed by the WBC Board of Governors.

“Mares, a former world champion now rated No. 1 in the featherweight division, had signed a contract to fight champion Jhonny Gonzalez, which was postponed due to an injury. Velez, who is rated No. 2, was also at one time contracted to fight then-champion Daniel Ponce de Leon, and that fight was also cancelled due to an injury of Velez.

“The WBC will be communicating the results in due time.”

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