The WBC have been known for their confusing and often inconsistent decisions. These have included things like their bizarre treatment of Graciano Rocchigiani back in the late 1990's, the inexplicable creation of the Huichol belt and various other decisions that have left fans, fighters and comission wondering what they were doing.
The latest chapter in the long history of the WBC's ridiculous decisions was revealed earlier today when they decided to disreagrd their own WBC "interim" female Flyweight title.
The belt was won by Japan's talented Nana Yoshikawa (8-2, 4) [好川 菜々] back in December, when she travelled to Mexico and defeated Delia Lopez (10-7-2, 5) with a split decision in Tecamac, Mexico.
In the days that followed Yoshikawa made a donation to the Mexican earthquake appeal, giving $12,000 (Mexican Peso's) to the appear and the WBC sent out one of their many emails saying "champion Nana Yoshikawa". It seemed clear, at the time, that the WBC saw her as a champion and that the bout between herself and Lopez was a bout for the interim title, with WBC Prsident Mauricio Sulaiman even attending the announcement of the bout!
Today however they have decided that that bout doesn't matter, and that Yoshikawa's win wasn't really for the title, or even for the position as a mandatory for the full title.
The regular title has recently become vacant, with Jessica Chavez vacating the belt due to pregnancy and becoming the "Chamoion in Recess". The assumption was that Yoshikawa would be upgraded to the full champion following Chavez's decision but instead the WBC have told Yoshikawa and the JBC that the vacant title is vacant, and that the bout between Yoshikawa and Lopez was a non-title bout. That has been reported alongside a request from Osvaldo Küchle of Promociones del Pueblo to try and get the vacant title to be contested in a bout between Ibeth Zamora Silva (28-6, 12) and Melissa McMorrow (10-6-3, 1).
The JBC have been in touch with the WBC who have stated that the Yoshikawa Vs Lopez bout wasn't for a title afterall. The JBC have asked for an explanation, and with good reason given that the WBC themselves ran a number of stories themselves regarding the bout.
On December 11th, several days before the Yoshikawa/Lopez bout, the WBC stated on their own website that "Japan's Nana Yoshikawa fights Mexican Delia Lopez for the World Boxing Council interim super flyweight title" a clear indicator that the title was on the line going into the contest. Less than a week later they posted an article titled "NANA YOSHIKAWA NEW WBC INTERIM CHAMP", which stated "Japanese fighter Nana Yoshikawa traveled all the way from Japan to the State of Mexico to fight for the WBC interim super flyweight female championship" and "Nana, who had trained long and hard in her homeland, won this prized WBC championship."
From what we understand the JBC have requested more details from the WBC, and some form of an explanation for their decision to not honour their own interim title. The bout between Silva and McMorrow hasn't yet been officially announced by the WBC but does look like it will be taking place later in March, with Televisa reporting it as if it was a done deal. If does occur for the title there will have to be some serious questions asked of the WBC, their "interim" title process and whether or not they even regard their own titles with any value.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!