World Boxing News has received a statement from the World Boxing Council on the situation regarding Mikey Garcia and Luke Campbell.
As WBN pointed out early on Thursday, Garcia vacated his WBC lightweight title in favor of competing at a higher weight class.
This left mandatory challenger Campbell set to fight another contender for the now available green and gold strap.
Behind Campbell in the ratings are Zaur Abdullaev, Devin Haney and Teofimo Lopez. One of those three is expected to be named by the WBC to face Campbell in the near future.
The WBC said: “We have designated WBC lightweight champion, Mikey Garcia as Emeritus Champion.
“This designation is an honor that has been granted to a few exceptional elite champions. It allows them to resolve specific situations, which prevent them to actively defend their WBC world championship.
“Mikey Garcia is a multiple division world champion. He is a role model who represents the boxing inside and outside the ring.
“Mikey has been competing in three different categories and the WBC has decided to grant him the Emeritus designation. It will allow him to return to the lightweight division if his future decision is to compete in this weight category.
“The WBC is very proud of Mikey Garcia. He has displayed valiant efforts to prove his greatness inside the ring at all times.
“The WBC Board of Governors will review the lightweight division. We will order a fight for the WBC lightweight world championship involving mandatory challenger Luke Campbell in the coming days.”
Campbell is currently with Matchroom Boxing and fights on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the United States.
Number three contender Haney signed with the team on Thursday afternoon.
This could lead to Hearn lobbying the WBC for Campbell v Haney to take place over the summer.
All depends on whether Abdullaev intends to push through the fight as the first ranked fighter in line.