WBC: Crawford in voluntary status; Linares v Zlaticanin update
The WBC believes in transparency and administrative disclosure. WBC annual convention meetings determine world rankings and the mandatory status of each division in open floor meetings in which all parties have the opportunity to discuss and present their cases for consideration, analysis, and voting by the WBC Board of Governors.
The WBC began to report this information in 2015 to bring clarity and transparency to the WBC’s administration for the public, and to provide clear reports from what is agreed and what happens during the course of each year.
WBC QUARTERLY REPORT ABOUT CONVENTION RULINGS ON EACH DIVISION: September 2016
SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION: TERENCE CRAWFORD (USA)
· Former champion Viktor Postol one voluntary defense.
· Winner to fight Amir Imam mandatory challenger, but Imam lost.
· Imam to fight in a final elimination bout.
· Andrea Scarpa defeated John Wayne Hibbert by TKO6 and won the vacant silver title on June 25.
· Terence Crawford defeated Viktor Postol by UD12 on July 23 and won the WBC title in a unification WBC-WBO title fight.
· Final elimination ordered between Antonio Orozco and Amir Imam to determine the mandatory challenger.
· Champion Crawford granted a voluntary defense.
LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION: DEJAN ZLATICANIN / RECESS: JORGE LINARES (VENEZUELA)
· Linares vs. Dejan Zlaticanin – mandatory
· Linares injured and a vacant championship was ordered between Dejan Zlaticanin and Emiliano Marsili – no later than June 2016.
· Linares was placed as champion in recess.
· The Zlaticanin vs. Marsilli was scheduled first for April and then was moved to June 11. Marsilli had to pull out of the fight, as he became ill.
· The WBC accepted to proceed with the title fight with the highest available contender #5 Mamani.
· Dejan Zlaticanin defeated Mamani by TKO3 on June 11 and won the vacant lightweight title.
· The WBC approved the unification fight between Linares vs. Anthony Crolla, WBA champion, for the Diamond Belt on September 24 in the U. K.
· The winner must fight the lightweight champion Zlaticanin.
Crolla v Linares had a rematch clause, with the second fight hoped to take place in early 2016. WBN has reached out to the WBC to get clarification that Zlaticanin will have to wait for his own fight with Linares and can concentrate on a possible defense against Mikey Garcia.