Vargas-Castillejo: WBC Issues Statement

19.07.05 - Dr. Jose Sulaiman, President of the World Boxing Council announced that the WBC Board of Governors approved the fight between No. 4 rated Fernando Vargas and the ex world champion Francisco Javier Castillejo as final elimination to determine the official challenger to the world super welter title, which will take place on August 20..

The WBC Board of Governors also decided that the winner of the bout for the superwelter vacant title that will take place on August 13 between No. 1 Ricardo Mayorga, of Nicaragua, and No. 2 Michele Piccirillo, of Italy, who will become the world WBC champion, will be bound to make his first title defense against the official challenger who will be the winner of the Vargas VS Castillejo fight. The new champion will not be allowed to make any other optional defense.

In case that boxers Fernando Vargas and Francisco J. Castillejo do not accept the decision made by the WBC Board of Governors, the WBC will designate the highest available contender as the official challenger to face the new champion, inclusive to Winky Wright, who was the champion before he relinquished the title to fight Tito Trinidad whom he defeated, and for such reason he was rated No. 1 in the middleweight division.

President Sulaiman regrets Fernando Vargas’ statement on T.V. saying that he does not support Mexican fighters, even when he finds it curious, as he has always been told that he favors Mexican boxers.

Mr. Sulaiman would be more than happy and would widely open the WBC doors to Fernando Vargas, if they accept the fight as a final WBC elimination bout and if he defeats Castillejo.

Article posted on 20.07.2005

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