WBC Mandatory Status: Super-middleweight to welterweight – Amir Khan bypassed

WBN 09/03/2017
World Boxing Council Heavyweight

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has outlined the current situation regarding all mandatories in the divisions.

Below is the latest information from Sulaiman on the super-middleweight, middleweight, super-welterweight and welterweight classes.

Super middleweight: Badou Jack vacated the title, and Callum Smith will fight Anthony Dirrell for the vacant title. The winner of a vacant title must make two mandatory defences, and Avni Yildirim is the first mandatory.

Middleweight: The division has had many changes in championships, step-aside agreements and decisions by third parties. The WBC will be ordering a final elimination fight to determine a mandatory contender to the champion (Gennady Golovkin or Daniel Jacobs) who holds multiple organizations’ belts.

Super welterweight: Jermell Charlo won a vacant title in May, and has not defended since then. Mandatory contender Charles Hatley will fight him, and the WBC ordered two more final elimination bouts due to the process which has been interrupted. Erickson Lubin defeated Jorge Cota and is one mandatory, and Vanes Martyrosian will fight Ishe Smith for the other mandatory position.

Welterweight: Amir Khan had the mandatory position, but eventually fought at super welterweight and then was injured. The WBC has ordered Andre Berto vs. Shawn Porter as a final elimination fight.

WBN Notes:

SM: Smith v Dirrell is set to take place in the USA this summer.

M: Sebastian Heiland, the winner of Lemieux v Stevens and Ryota Murata are all in the frame for the mandatory spot.

SW: Charlo v Hatley was due to happen this weekend until the card was postponed due to injury.

W: Khan has lost his mandatory position for the time being due to continued failed activity. Berto v Porter happens on April 22, although it’s not yet been confirmed whether Khan will remain at the number one spot or face the winner.