WBC clarify Oleksandr Usyk title status / Andy Ruiz Jr. special recognition

Ringside 05/06/2019
Oleksandr Usyk WBC

World Boxing Council chiefs have acted following the double news regarding former cruiserweight title-holder Oleksandr Usyk.

Fresh from his victory in the World Boxing Super Series, Usyk decided to compete at heavyweight. Ahead of his scheduled top division debut in May, Usyk suffered an injury.

The title situation at 200 pounds plus has now been clarified by the WBC.

A statement read: The WBC board of governors has unanimously voted in favor to grant the Champion in recess status. This is to allow him to recover from his recent injury.

“Also to support him in his attempt to compete in the heavyweight division. Usyk, 2018 champion of the year, maintains his rights as world champion.”


Andy Ruiz who`s just become a world heavyweight champion of the world, worked his way there through victories which included the essential stepping stone of the NABF.

In 1968, due to the inspiration of Jim Deskin, of Nevada, and beloved Honorary President of the WBC José Sulaimán, the North American Boxing Federation was founded which sanctions championships fights for the countries of Canada, the United States and Mexico.

The creation of the NABF had the purpose of creating boxing development in the entire North American region. It worked hard to reach what is now this great regional Federation.

📸 Ed Mulholland


Among the best NABF champions in all boxing history, we can name fighters like: Muhammad Ali, Marco Antonio Barrera, Mike Ayala, Lucien Bute, the “Macho” Camacho, Donald Curry, George Foreman, Vernon Forrest, Ray Mancini, Terry Norris, Erik Morales, Ken Norton, Michael Nunn, Kelly Pavlik, Pernell Whitaker, Daniel Zaragoza, Brian Viloria, Nonito Donaire, Antonio Tarver, among others.

Last weekend, heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr. became World Heavyweight Champion after his emotional victory over Anthony Joshua. Ths win earned him the respect and admiration of all the world.

Ruiz Jr, born in California and of Mexican parents, represented Mexico in amateur boxing in several competitions.

Andy joined the Mexican boxing team in 2007 in search of a ticket to go to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. In that team there were; Francisco Vargas, Óscar Valdez, Carlos Cuadras and Jessie Vargas.

In 2009 he made his debut as a professional knocking out his opponent in the first round. In November 2014 he TKO`d Tor Hamer in the third round, winning the NABF heavyweight title. He made 5 successful defenses.

The WBC congratulates Andy Ruíz Jr. for the tremendous feat achieved with dedication, hard work, talent and belief!


World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman congratulates Andy Ruiz for becoming the first man of Mexican heritage to become a heavyweight champion of the World.#

Sulaiman said the Mexican people are so incredibly proud and waiting to welcome him.

Mauricio has spoken to Andy`s Father who he describes as a formal and honest man, to offer congratulations. Mauricio says that what Andy`s achieved transcends the sport of Boxing and is a great motivation, adding:

“It`s a very special moment for this country. Andy has done what no other Mexican man has done. He himself told his Mother we don`t have to struggle anymore.

“Andy has been a NABF Champion. He`s now a Champion of humanity and inclusion. He knows courage, having climbed back off the canvass to win. With hard work you can achieve anything and everything!

“We are happy to greet Andy in Mexico. His Family are proudly Mexican. They and Andy can visit Mexico where we will welcome them with open arms.”