Cotto on WBC title stripping: 'I have enough belts in my house'
Milan Ordoñez on Nov 18, 2015 11:07 PM
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On Tuesday (Wednesday, PHT), the WBC decided to strip middleweight world champion Miguel Cotto of his title belt.
In their official press release, the WBC simply stated that Cotto and his camp “were not willing to abide by the governing rules and regulations”.
“Simply put: they are not willing to respect the very same rules and conditions which applied to Cotto becoming WBC champion,” an excerpt of the statement reads.
A later report by ESPN’s Dan Rafael claims an anonymous source says it was about Cotto’s team being unable to pay a sanctioning fee worth $300,00, in a addition to the $800,00 they reportedly have to pay for Gennady Golovkin to step aside.
Six-division world champion Oscar De La Hoya, on the other hand, says it was a “disgrace to the promotion”.
“Every fighter dreams of fighting for the WBC middleweight championship and to do something like that is a disgrace.”
Cotto immediately responded, both to the WBC and De La Hoya. In an interview with RingTV, the Puerto Rican champion explained what had really happened from their end.
“(Sulaiman) waited until the last minute to tell me the amount to put pressure on us to pay it,” Cotto explained. “Including the $800,000 I had to pay for Golovkin to step aside, I would have paid $125,000. That’s a reasonable number for me. But he said no and I wouldn’t be their champion anymore.
“That’s alright. I don’t need their belt,” he continued. “I have enough belts in my house. With $1.1 million I can buy any belt that I want and be champion of whatever I want in my house.”
As for De La Hoya’s comments, he simply offered one challenge for “The Golden Boy”.
“Ask Oscar to give $1.1 million to the WBC and wait for an answer.”
Cotto faces Canelo Alvarez this weekend, with the world middleweight titles on the line.
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