WBC names Edgar Sosa "champion emeritus," but Mayol keeps belt

James Blears reports that the WBC has made a ruling in the controversial Rodel Mayol win over Edgar Sosa this past weekend, naming Sosa as champion emeritus and letting Mayol keep the 108-pound title he won with the second round TKO. Mayol benefited from a vicious headbutt that seemed intentional to most, putting a rocked and groggy Sosa away moments after being docked a point.

[WBC president Jose Sulaiman] explained that the referee had ruled it an unintentional headbutt, and he docked a point from Mayol, after the ring doctor declared Sosa fit to continue. So the criteria was set by on the spot officials. He added to BoxingScene.com: "There were mistakes yes. It seems the proof presented is that it was an intentional headbutt, and the referee called it unintentional. It was a serious blatant headbutt."

Sulaiman then added this bit of hilarity:

"But the WBC could not do anything else. We must follow the rules."

Ah, indeed.

Anyway, they have done right by Sosa in most respects. The former titlist will be out at least six months after some rather extensive surgery to his face, and upon his return, he will be able to fight for the 108-pound title, or go straight at the 112-pound WBC title. He's been said to be moving up to 112 for a while now, and I'd guess that's where he'll return.

For what it's worth, Sosa's promoter says he doesn't want Edgar to fight Mayol again, preferring they go after 112-pound titlist Daisuke Naito. He referred to Naito as "an honest, ordinary and clean fighter," as opposed to Mayol, who has gained quite a reputation as a rough or even dirty fighter this year. Naito faces Koki Kameda on Sunday in Japan.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bad Left Hook

You must be a member of Bad Left Hook to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bad Left Hook. You should read them.

Join Bad Left Hook

You must be a member of Bad Left Hook to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bad Left Hook. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker