More recently, the World Boxing Council (WBC) argued that the title of franchise champion, which is currently held by Saul Alvarez and Vasily Lomachenko, cannot be lost in battle. Nevertheless, the organization apparently decided to revise its rules. At least its president, Mauricio Suleiman, says that Lomachenko will lose his franchise title if he loses to Teofimo Lopez.
“Each rule needs to be adapted and developed. For example, the attitude towards video replays in other sports 15 years ago and now are completely different things. In this situation, we received a request from Lopez’s team and approved it, so the winner of his fight with Lomachenko will be franchised WBC Lightweight Champion.
If Lomachenko loses this battle, he will lose his franchise champion status. It’s about this particular fight. As you know, only Lomachenko and Canelo bear this title. The WBC is adapting to deal with this particular situation. She is practically unique. Therefore, the winner of the October 17 fight will be the sole franchise champion. [в легком весе]”, – said Mauricio Suleiman in an interview with Boxing Social YouTube channel.