WBN have been informed by the World Boxing Organisation that Timothy Bradley must wait until Floyd Mayweather’s appeal window expires before officially being recognised as their welterweight champion.
Bradley claimed the interim version when defeating Jessie Vargas on June 27 in California and was promised the full version by the WBO if Floyd Mayweather fails to adhere to the terms set out by the WBO resolution – which expired on July 3.
As Mayweather refused to give up the WBC and WBA titles at 154lbs, and failed to pay the sanctioning fee for his clash with Manny Pacquiao on May 2, the WBO are set to crown Bradley as champion – but only once an objection fails to arrive from ‘Money’ for a period of two weeks.
“Monday’s Resolution is the final decision of the WBO World Championship Committee. However, Mr. Mayweather as the affected WBO Participant may appeal in writing within 14 days to the Complaint and Grievance Committee pursuant to WBO World Championship Rule 34 and per Rule 3(e) of the WBO Appeals Regulation,” General Secretary Jose Izquierdo exclusively told World Boxing News on Tuesday.
“What all of this means is that Bradley is not to be officially recognized as full WBO Welterweight Champion of the World until this term to appeal has expired.”
Mayweather has given no indication that he may fight the decision of the final resolution, whilst Bradley has since been linked to possible unification with IBF belt holder Kell Brook once his old belt is finally back in his trophy cabinet.