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WBC planning tournaments to crown Mayweather's successors

The WBC has ideas of putting together tournaments at both 147 and 154lbs to crown new champions to succeed Floyd Mayweather.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

A couple of days ago, during its annual convention, the WBC announced that Floyd Mayweather's world titles at welter and junior middleweight were officially vacated. Now, the WBC has said that they're planning tournaments in both divisions to crown their new champions.

These tournaments haven't been finalized just yet, but are suggested to consist of either four or eight fighters currently ranked in the WBC's top ten. The sanctioning body is said to be reaching out to its top ten fighters in both divisions now to see who would take part.

"With Mayweather's recent retirement, both titles are now vacant. The WBC has ordered tournaments in both divisions to determine the world champions, and will contact the representatives of the top-rated fighters in both divisions to determine their participants," said the sanctioning body.

"The WBC is currently preparing the guidelines for the tournaments."

So basically this would be like another rendition of the Super Six tourney that ended in 2011. And If the WBC can get a number of it's top rated welterweights to sign up (with at least half of their top ten being managed/advised by Al Haymon) they could actually end up with a pretty good product. The junior middleweight tournament, on the other hand, looks a little less appealing with the WBC having far less star power and marketable names in their top ten at 154lbs.

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