Is a fight for the WBC middleweight title in Sergio Martinez's future? Only Bob Arum knows. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
The WBC is making Sergio Martinez the mandatory for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr's WBC middleweight title. The huge grain of salt that needs to be taken with this story is the fact that the WBC has done this before.
At their convention at the end of December, they agreed to make Sergio Martinez the mandatory challenger for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, but then they backed out of it in a bad way. Usually, the challenger is given some kind of walk-away money so that the titleholder can take on another fighter.
In this case, the WBC just stripped Martinez of his mandatory status and sanctioned the fight between Chavez and Marco Antonio Rubio. Sergio was not notified of this decision and he did not have a say in the decision. Arum said jump and the WBC asked how high.
Now the WBC has again made Sergio the mandatory and again Arum is angling for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr to take an easier fight than Sergio. The big question now is how the WBC is going to handle the situation once Arum announces Junior's next opponent.
Will they simply go along with the decision like they did in the past, or will they finally stand up to Arum and properly enforce the mandatory? Seeing how the incredibly shady events in Texas went down, I can't help but feel that the WBC is in Arum's pocket and they will fold quicker than a house of cards once an opponent is chosen.
I just hope Martinez has the stones to completely eviscerate the WBC for their lack of a spine, like he did last time. What do you guys think? Does the WBC lack the conviction to enforce their own mandatory challenger?