Mikey Garcia has relinquished the IBF super-lightweight title in favor of remaining at the 135 pounds limit ahead of a possible showdown with the winner of Vasyl Lomachenko v Jorge Linares on May 12.
Garcia, who holds the WBC version at the lightweight limit, had contemplated a defense of the IBF strap he won from Sergey Lipinets but ultimately decided against it.
Further down the weights, super-flyweight contender Carlos Cuadras has been suspended by the WBC for failing to adhere to the Clean Boxing Program guidelines.
The Mexican refused to accept testing procedures and has been informed of the WBC’s decision not to sanction him for bouts in the future.
At middleweight, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, predicts that the classy clash between Jermall Charlo and Hugo Centeno this Saturday in New York with the WBC interim title at stake will be a sizzling test of mettle!
This fight had to be postponed due to a rib injury suffered by Hugo; However, both fighters are reported to be fit and ready for this key encounter.
Mauricio Sulaiman assured that the winner will be the official challenger of the WBC middleweight champion.
He also clarified that the WBC will wait for the resolution of the Nevada Commission to see if Saul Alvarez can fight in September against the current champ, Gennady Golovkin, saying that the WBC will support Golovkin if he decides to fight in May categorizing this defence as a voluntary. Or the other option is if he decides to wait for Canelo.
So the middleweight champion will face the winner of Charlo vs Centeno in a mandatory fight.