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WBC president laments 154lb tournament falling apart

Mauricio Sulaiman expresses his disappointment in his junior middleweight tourney not panning out.

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Some of you may remember when WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman announced that his organization was planning a 154lb tournament to crown the successor to Floyd Mayweather's reign. Well, that's apparently no longer a thing as the president admits that his hopes for the tournament have come crashing down and tells WBN that the rest of the eliminator bouts have now been scrapped.

"We started a great idea and included many fighters. They committed to participate and everything seemed to be a great solution to find a successor to Floyd Mayweather as champion following his retirement, but unfortunately, the fighters and the fights fell out of the tournament.

"At this moment, we have Charlo (Jermell) who is the champion and he is going to do the mandatory against Charles Hatley as he's won the opportunity (against Anthony Mundine) and that was part of the original tournament.

"But after that - unfortunately, and due to the other fighter's decisions, we will just proceed as usual."

Notably, Charlo-Hatley could possibly take place before the year is out but Demetrius Andrade has opted out of the tournament despite having already won a bout in the process. Andrade is said to have chosen to take another route to a world title.

With the tournament now officially defunct it's back to business as usual for the sanctioning body, which I'm not so sure is a good thing...

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