World Boxing Council (WBC) President Mauricio Suleiman said the winner of the fight between WBA, WBO and WBC Franchise lightweight champion Vasily Lomachenko and IBF champion Teofimo Lopez should not fight WBC regular belt owner Devin Haney. At the same time, he said that the future holder of four belts will receive the primary right to fight the American.
“If a franchised champion at any given time has the opportunity to challenge another champion, he, despite having a mandatory challenger, can fight for that title if he wants to. We are not ordering anything. Franchised champions can move forward and take part in the fights they want get it.
There is a possibility that the winner of the Lomachenko – Lopez fight will fight Haney. But we also have Luke Campbell vs. Ryan Garcia. The winner of this confrontation will immediately fight Haney. But if the winner of the Lomachenko – Lopez fight demands a fight with Haney, he will have priority, “said Mauricio Suleiman in an interview with Boxing Social YouTube channel.