WBO looking to strip Floyd Mayweather of welterweight belt

Milan Ordoñez on Jul 05, 2015 06:46 PM
WBO looking to strip Mayweather of welterweight belt
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Right after his May 2nd fight against Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather promised to vacate all of his titles, supposedly as an act of goodwill for the younger fighters.

“I don't know if it will be Monday (May 4th) or maybe a couple weeks,” Junior said during a post-fight interview. “I’ll talk to my team and see what we need to do. Other fighters need a chance. Give other fighters a chance. I'm not greedy.” 

I'm a world champion in two different weight classes. It's time to let other fighters fight for the belt.”

Fast forward to two months after, and no one from the Mayweather camp has kept this said declaration. But apparently, the WBO is looking to take the title themselves.

The reason: Mayweather failed to comply with the deadline set by the organization, where the fighter was supposed to pay a $200,000 sanctioning fee, and to vacate the two light middleweight titles that he still holds.

The WBO’s deadline was set for last Friday, July 3rd, at 4:30 pm PT.

In a report by Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, it is against the rules of boxing’s sanctioning bodies that a fighter simultaneously holds titles in two different weight classes. Athough the WBA and WBC have broken these said rules, the WBO has decided to uphold them. 

The report adds that if Mayweather will be stripped of the belt, it would go to the current interim champion Timothy Bradley, who won the said title in his June 27th fight against Jesse Vargas.

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