WBC 2023 Division Status as ordered during the Annual Convention

01/05/2023 - No comments
Heavyweight.  Champion Tyson Fury will make a voluntary defense against Dereck Chisora on December 3 in London.  Fury will have the option to fight a unification fight against Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed championship. The winner will be committed to fight the WBC mandatory.

Andy Ruiz to fight Deontay Wilder in a final eliminator for the mandatory position.

Bridgerweight. Champion Oscar Rivas who was going to fight in his home country of Colombia will now fight in Poland against Lukasz Rozanski. His second mandatory will be against the winner of Alen Babic and Ryad Merhy. They contest a final eliminator.

Oscar Rivas has suffered a detached retina and his future at this time is uncertain, the WBC will order a series of fights to fill the vacant title and set the mandatories for the new champion.

Cruiserweight. Champion Ilunga “Junior” Makabu has a voluntary, and then after that, a mandatory against Noel Mikaelyan. Thabiso Mchunu vs. Badou Jack in a final eliminator.

Lt. Heavyweight. Champion Artur Beterbiev fights the WBO mandatory defense against Britain’s Anthony Yarde on January and the winner must fight next the WBC mandatory Callum Smith.

Super middleweight. Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has undergone surgery and is having rehab on his left wrist. David Benavidez, who is interim champion will fight Caleb Plant in March. The winner becomes the mandatory challenger.

Middleweight. Champion Jermall Charlo has been injured. Interim champion Carlos Adames, who was at the convention, asked to be made the mandatory challenger.

Both champions will make a voluntary defense and the winners will fight each other for the undisputed WBC middleweight championships.

Superwelterweight. Champion Jermell Charlo will make his WBO mandatory against Tim Tzsyu. Meanwhile, Unified Champion Alycia Baumgardner, who’s trained by Tony Harrison proposed the fight Sebastian vs. former champ Tony Harrison, for mandatory.

Number 5 Charles Conwell to fight number 9 Juan Carlos Abreu as semi-final eliminator.

Jermell Charlo suffered a broken hand and the Tszyu fight has been postponed.

Sebastian Fundora will make a voluntary defense.

Welterweight. Champion Errol Spence. The Errol Spence vs. Terence Crawford fight didn’t materialize, Spence will fight WBC mandatory vs. Keith Thurman.

Superlightweight. Regis Prograis and Jose “Chon” Zepeda fight for the vacant title. Teofimo Lopez vs. Sandor Martin final eliminator fight.

Regis Prograis won the WBC title

The first mandatory vs. Jose Carlos Ramirez was ordered and Ramirez decided not to participate in such fight. Consequently, Prograis has been awarded a voluntary defense.

Teofimo Lopez defeated Sandor Martin.

Lightweight. Champion Devin Haney will fight Vasyliy Lomachenko. WBC ordered a final elimination between Isaac Cruz and Shakur Stevenson.

Superfeatherweight. Featherweight champion Rey Vargas, as super bantamweight champion, moves up to fight O’Shaquie Foster for the vacant crown. The winner then has a mandatory against Eduardo “Rocky” Hernandez. A final elimination was ordered between Robson Conceicao vs. Yakubov for the second mandatory.

Featherweight. Champion: Rey Vargas. After the Foster fight, Vargas must decide if he wants to stay at super feather or go back to feather. A final elimination was ordered between Isaac Dogboe vs. Mark Magsayo.

Superbantamweight. Champion: Stephen Fulton. Final eliminator between Luis Nery and Azat Hovhannisyan was ordered. David Picasso vs Aleem was ordered as a final elimination.

Bantamweight. Champion Naoya Inoue fights WBO champion Paul Butler to get an undisputed champion. If he then moves up in weight Jason Moloney and Nonito Donaire will fight for the vacant title if not this match will produce the mandatory challenger. Nawaphon vs Gaballo was ordered for the second elimination.

Naoya Inoue defeated Paul butler thus becoming the undisputed champion of the division.

Superflyweight. Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez Vs Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada for the vacant title. Andrew Moloney vs. Pedro Guevara was ordered for the mandatory.

Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada defeated Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez.

Flyweight. Champion Julio Cesar Martinez will fight in December against a rival to be determined. His fight against McWilliams Arroyo has been postponed six times. Now McWilliams is injured. Angel Ayala was confirmed as mandatory, he is available in case Rey’s team is willing to fight him in December.

McWilliams Arroyo has been medically cleared and Martinez vs. Arroyo will take place with the winner fighting Angel Ayala.

Lt. Flyweight. Champion Kenshiro Teraji defended his WBC belt last week. Hekkie Budler is confirmed as mandatory.

Strawweight. Champ Panya Pradabsri awaits the Victor of Luis Castillo vs. Ayanda Ndulani. A final elimination between Ndulani vs Castillo was ordered