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WBC gives promoter a deadline

THE World Boxing Council, concerned over promoter Liu Gang’s failure to keep his commitments, has given the promoter of minimum weight champion Xiong Zhao Zhong a deadline to submit a firm contract for a title defense against mandatory challenger Denver Cuello, otherwise the WBC will call for a purse bid. “If by Monday, May 20, there is not a certified contract with 100 percent assurance of the fight taking place, the fight will be put for a purse bid to take place on May 24, open for any WBC-registered promoter to bid,” WBC executive director Mauricio Sulaiman  informed the Manila Standard. Sulaiman said the WBC has been “extremely flexible and supportive of all that has been requested to help develop the great history of China in boxing. But there is no more time to accommodate as we have kept the straw-weight division frozen for six months and a mandatory challenger (Cuello) without making any money for the same period of time.” The WBC executive director revealed that he had spoken to Liu Gang, who assured him that the fight contract was going to be registered with the WBC by Monday (May 13), “but nothing was registered.” Sulaiman disclosed that there is a firm proposal for Zhong’s mandatory title defense to take place in Mexico City on July 7.
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