WBC mandatory status update: Super-lightweight / Lightweight / Super-featherweight

WBC 14/05/2017
World Boxing Council Heavyweight


Each division ruling activity follows on each case.

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Below is the ruling for super-lightweight, lightweight and super-featherweight:

Super Lightweight: Champion Terence Crawford (United States)

No. 1 ranked Antonio Orozco of the United States is scheduled to fight this Friday. If he wins, a final eliminator has been ordered between him and No. 3 ranked Amir Imam of the United States. Due to the long period of time since the last mandatory defense – September, 2013 – the WBC ordered a final eliminator between No. 2 ranked Viktor Postol of Ukraine and the highest available contender to determine the second mandatory challenger.

  • Antonio Orozco did not fight and the eliminator fight against Amir Imam was ordered. Orozco withdrew from the process.
  • Amir Imam is appointed official challenger.
  • Crawford was granted a voluntary defense against Felix Diaz on May 20– the winner must fight Amir Imam.
  • Viktor Postol vs. the highest available contender to determine the second mandatory challenger.
  • Ohara Davis defeated Derry Matthews by TKO3 for the Silver on March 4.

Lightweight: Champion Dejan Zlaticanin (Montenegro)

Zlaticanin is scheduled to fight No. 2 ranked Mikey Garcia of the United States on January 28. The winner of that fight must fight Diamond champion Jorge Linares of Venezuela in his next fight.

  • Mikey Garcia defeated Zlaticanin by KO3 in a voluntary defense of the champion, and won the title on January 28.
  • Jorge Linares defeated Anthony Crolla by UD12 on March 25.
  • Jorge Linares and Mikey Garcia a voluntary defense each, until the end of July, then the WBC will mandate the unification fight.

Super Featherweight: Champion Francisco Vargas (Mexico)

Vargas won the title in a mandatory challenge in November, 2015. After his voluntary defense on June 4, the WBC ordered six months of rest for him to allow his cuts to heal properly. He is scheduled to make a voluntary defense against No. 7 ranked Miguel Berchelt of Mexico on January 28, with the winner to make a mandatory defense next. On the same card, No. 1 ranked Takashi Miura of Japan will fight No. 2 ranked Miguel Roman of Mexico in a final eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger.

  • Miguel Berchelt defeated Francisco Vargas by TKO11 in a voluntary defense of Vargas and won the title on January 28.
  • Takashi Miura defeated Miguel Roman by KO12 in an eliminator fight.
  • Miguel Berchelt vs. Takashi Miura – mandatory defense – June 25.