The World Boxing Council has released its half-year report on all seventeen weight classes as President Mauricio Sulaiman moves to keep fans in the loop on the mandatory situations.
From minimumweight to heavyweight, everything is given full transparency in order to show what’s being done to make the best fights out there.
It has been a very good year for boxing so far, it is my pleasure to report a disclosure of the WBC administration of each division derived from the convention ruling and happenings during this time.
The WBC goal remains to do everything possible to facilitate and mediate to try to make the best fights possible for the fans. – Mauricio Sulaiman, WBC President
Below is the report for 168 and 160 pounds:
What was ordered:
Champion David Benavidez will fight a rematch against Ronald Gavril. This Saturday, No. 3 ranked Avni Yildirim is scheduled to fight No. 4 ranked Chris Eubank Jr. and Callum Smith conquered the WBC Diamond. Both Smith and Yildirim entered the WBSS and the WBC accepted to support such tournament. Mandatories will be addressed at the conclusion of the tournament with the winner being mandatory.
Chris Eubank Jr. defeated Avni Yildirim by KO3 on October 7, 2017 and won the elimination fight.
Juergen Braehmer defeated Rob Brant by UD12 on October 27, 2017 and won the eliminator fight.
Benavidez defeated Ronald Gavril by UD12 on February 17 in Nevada, in a voluntary defense.
Callum Smith defeated Niekey Holzken by UD12 for the Diamond on Feb. 24 in Germany.
Azizbek Abdugofurov defeated Dmitri Chudinov by UD12 and won the vacant silver on May 5 in Uzbekistan.
David Benavidez vs. Anthony Dirrell – first mandatory is scheduled for September
What was ordered:
The WBC Board of Governors ordered a direct rematch between champion Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez. Mandatory contender, Jermall Charlo, will fight an available contender for the WBC interim championship.
Saul Alvarez was officially pulled out of the fight against Golovkin due to the adverse test results
Jermall Charlo defeated Hugo Centeno by KO2 and won the interim title on April 21.
Gennady Golovkin defeated Vanes Martirosyan by KO2 in a voluntary defense on May 5.
Martin Murray defeated Roberto Garcia by UD12 and won the silver title on June 23.
Gennady Golovkin vs. Saul Alvarez – September 15, Las Vegas