World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman has offered a late solution to sanctioning for the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight semi-final.
Sulaiman had originally stated the vacant WBC title would be withdrawn from Mairis Briedis v Krzysztof Glowacki.
The contest was due to have the vacant WBC 200 pound title on the line.
That was until Sulaiman released the following information early on Saturday: “WBC withdraws it’s sanctioning of the Briedis vs Glowacki fight.
“The administrators of the WBSS tournament have failed to maintain the integrity of the bout. They have disregarded the WBC rules and regulations.
“The WBC strongly rejects the unfortunate discrimination and abuse of power that has been directed against the integrity of our institution.
“The WBC will evaluate its continuing participation in the remaining WBSS bouts in Season II. We will announce its decision soon.”
In an exclusive update to World Boxing News, Sulaiman detailed what had gone wrong in the pre-fight build-up.
“The World Boxing Council cannot be part of the maneuvering which is taking place with the appointment of ring officials,” Sulaiman told WBN.
“I was contacted directly by the WBSS a month ago to address this matter. They claim the WBO demands to appoint the referee and two judges. This will allow the WBC one judge in a unification fight. This is unacceptable.
“Mairis Briedis is in his home country. He’s facing the WBO champion with three WBO officials. This not acceptable to the WBC and we won’t be part of this.”
Now, Sulaiman says if the WBC can have one more official added to the contest, they will allow the winner to claim the championship.
“The WBC has fully supported this great fight. It’s between two great champions in Briedis and Glowacki. The WBC has tried up to now to find a solution.
“If the ring officials are confirmed as per agreed with two from WBC. Also two from the WBO, then it’s on,” he concluded.
If confirmed at the eleventh hour, the Briedis v Glowacki will go ahead as a unification with the WBC and WBO titles up for grabs.