World Boxing Council President Mauricio Suleiman understands fans who are confused about who they consider to be the real WBC lightweight champion.
Recall that at the moment there are three boxers in 135-pounds who own the coveted green belt: WBC franchise champion Teofimo Lopez, WBC regular title holder Devin Haney and more recently the interim champion – all the same WBC! – Ryan Garcia, who knocked out Luke Campbell last Saturday.
“Teofimo Lopez is the undisputed lightweight champion of the world. And whoever beat Teofimo, if there is such a fighter, should be called the undisputed champion,” Suleiman said.
Suleiman justifies the actions of the WBC, explaining that their intention was to help organize the best fights, but the functionary does not mention one important detail – that with the increase in belts, his organization will receive more money.
“I spoke with Devin and his dad. The idea and goal of creating the franchise title was to give fans the best fights. And I’m very happy that we achieved that in the lightweight division this year. Thanks to the franchise title approval, we were able to see the fight between Teofimo and Lomachenko, we saw the confrontation between recovered from injury Davin Haney and Gamboa. We also saw the fight between Ryan Garcia and Luke Campbell, “Suleiman said.
“I understand all the confusion around the belts. But we took a course on organizing the best fights. I respect Haney, and I’m very proud of him. We are very close to him. And the time will come when they will all meet each other in the ring, forgetting about social media controversy. Get in the ring and prove who is the best. That’s what everyone wants to see. “