Lem Satterfield

Morales to fight Barrios for WBC title; Bradley demoted

Mexican three-division titleholder Erik Morales will face Argentina's Jorge Barrios for the WBC's junior welterweight title on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Victor Ortiz card Sept. 17 in Las Vegas.

Timothy Bradley had held the WBC 140-pound title but the sanctioning body has declared him “champion in recess” because of inactivity.

"That is accurate,” said Mauricio Sulaiman of the WBC . “The WBC has placed Timothy Bradley as champion in recess, not to hurt him, but because he has not defended his title in a timely manner. He is involved in some legal matters, and we hear that he is planning on moving up in weight as well, and he has no schedule. We have been in communication, but we have not received his confirmation.

“But now it's been six months after his fight with Devon Alexander. So we have great regard for Timothy Bradley, and whenever he finishes his legal situation and is ready to go back to the ring, then we can address his matter then."

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