Mayweather officially stripped of WBO welterweight title

Milan Ordoñez on Jul 07, 2015 11:40 AM
Mayweather officially stripped of WBO welterweight title
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The World Boxing Organization (WBO) has officially stripped Floyd Mayweather of his welterweight title. 

It is the same title he won from Manny Pacquiao in their May 2nd bout in Las Vegas. Mayweather won the fight via a wide unanimous decision verdict. 

The decision to strip the reigning pound-for-pound boxing king of the said belt was due to the other title he currently holds. Mayweather is also the lineal light middleweight champion, which he won from his 2013 fight against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. 

Boxing's sanctioning bodies do not allow any fighter to simultaneously hold titles from two different weight classes. While other associations tend to break the said rules, the WBO decided to abide by them in this case. 

Mayweather was supposed to pay a sanctioning fee worth $200,000, which they set a deadline for last Friday, July 3rd. Junior never paid the said amount. 

On Monday (Tuesday, PHT), the WBO released a statement through chairman Luis Batista, noting that Mayweather no longer holds their title. 

"In the present case, Mr. Mayweather, Jr. failed to pay the $200,000.000 fee required of him as a participant of a WBO World Championship Contest. Despite affording Mr. Mayweather Jr. the courtesy of an extension to advise us of his position within the WBO Welterweight Division and to vacate the two 154-pound world titles he holds, the WBO World Championship Committee received no response from him or his legal representatives on this matter.

The WBO World Championship Committee is allowed no other alternative but to cease to recognize Mr. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. as the WBO Welterweight Champion of the World and vacate his title, for failing to comply with our WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests.”

With this ruling, the belt will now be given to interim champion Timothy Bradley, who won the title in his June 27 bout against Jesse Vargas. 

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