A new president of the World Boxing Council is expected to be named by April 16 in the wake of the Jose Sulaiman’s passing on Jan. 16, according to WBC Secretary General Mauricio Sulaimant, he son of the long-time sanctioning organization head.
Mauricio Sulaiman praised the legacy of his father — former WBC president Jose Sulaiman, who died on Thursday — even while acknowledging that he “made a few mistakes along the way.”
The WBC has ordered the promoters of Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola to begin free negotiations for a rematch for the WBC heavyweight title that was vacated by Vitali Klitschko earlier this month. Stiverne unanimously decisioned Arreola in April.
Manny Pacquiao has been made the WBC’s No. 1-ranked welterweight contender behind the organization’s titleholder Floyd Mayweather Jr.
WBC heavyweight titleholder Vitali Klitschko has been given until Dec. 15 to determine whether he will continue fighting or retire in the wake of October’s announcement of his presidential candidacy in Ukraine.
Mauricio Sulaiman on his father, WBC president Jose Sulaiman, who remains hospitalized nearly three weeks after having undergone heart surgery: “Some complications delayed his progress but he’s moving along very good. He’s very strong, and he’s fighting.”
Andre Ward spoke to RingTV.com about rehabbing his shoulder injury, fighting in September, doing HBO commentary for the Chad Dawson-Adonis Stevenson fight, a potential showdown with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., fighting in the UK, and making a documentary of his time away from the ring.
WBO middleweight titleholder Peter Quillin will make his first defense against Fernando Guerrero on the Feb. 9 undercard of a main event featuring RING junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia and Zab Judah.
Having lost title bouts to Andre Ward, Lucian Bute and Joe Calzaghe, super middleweight contender Sakio Bika looks to cash in on a potential WBC title fight agianst Nikola Sjekloca on Feb. 16.
Vanes Martirosyan could face Erislandy Lara in a junior middleweight eliminator bout for the right to face WBC beltholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.