WBC mandatory situations: Bantamweight to Super-featherweight

RINGSIDE 03/07/2018
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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 all weight classes between 118 and 130 pounds: 

Super featherweight:

What was ordered:

Champion Miguel Berchelt is scheduled to make a voluntary defense against Orlando Salido in December. No. 2 ranked Francisco Vargas and No. 3 ranked Jhonny Gonzalez are scheduled to fight in a final elimination to determine the mandatory contender.


  • Miguel Berchelt got injured.
  • The WBC ordered Miguel Roman vs. Orlando Salido on December 9, for the interim, but in a very strange situation, Salido camp pulled out of fighting a championship fight but only a 10-round over the weight fight against Roman.
  • Miguel Roman in a great performance knocked out Orlando Salido and requested the WBC to recognize him as the mandatory contender of the division.
  • The Board of Governors voted in favor to name Miguel Roman as mandatory challenger of the division.
  • Miguel Berchelt defeated Maxwell Awuku by KOT3 in a voluntary defense on February 10 in Cancun.
  • Miguel Roman mandatory challenger.
  • Miguel Berchelt defeated Jonathan Barros TKO3 on June 23.
  • Berchelt vs. Roman mandatory is next.


What was ordered:

Champion Gary Russell is scheduled to fight a voluntary defense and mandatory contender, Joseph Diaz, next. That will be mandated for around May.


  • Russell vs. TBA voluntary.  Russell opted to fight the mandatory defense directly.
  • Gary Russell defeated Joseph Diaz by UD12 in a mandatory defense on May 19, 2018.
  • Leo Santa Cruz defeated Abner Mares by UD12 for the Diamond.

Super bantamweight:

What was ordered:

Champion Rey Vargas is scheduled to fight mandatory challenger Julio Ceja, who won a final eliminator. No. 2 ranked Diego De La Hoya and No. 3 ranked Hugo Ruiz will fight in a final eliminator.


  • Julio Ceja defeated Breilor Teran by UD12 and won the silver title on November 25, 2017
  • Rey Vargas defeated Oscar Negrete by UD12 on December 2, 2017 in a voluntary defense.
  • Rey Vargas defeated Azat Hovhannisyan by UD12 in a voluntary defense on May 12.
  • Franklin Manzanilla defeated Julio Ceja by KOT4 and won the silver title on May 26.
  • Rey Vargas is currently under medical treatment.


What was ordered:

The WBC Clean Boxing Program still has to rule on the findings on a positive test for champion Luis Nery. No. 2 ranked Emmanuel Rodríguez will fight in a final eliminator against No. 3 ranked Petch Sor Chitpattana.


  • Luis Nery vs. Yamanaka ordered.
  • The WBC ordered the final eliminator between Emmanuel Rodriguez and Petch Sor Chitpattana, but Rodriguez decided to fight for the title of another organization.
  • Nordine Oubaali defeated Mark Geraldo by KO7 on December 16 in Paris for the Silver.
  • Luis Nery lost the title on the scale and KOT2 Shinsuke Yamanaka on March 1 in Japan.
  • Nordine Oubaali vs. Petch Sor Chitpattana agreed for June 23
  • WBC is in support of WBSS and is yet to determine the following steps.
  • Mark-John Yap vs. Takuma Inoue as a final eliminator – Sept. 11 in Tokyo