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WBC welterweight tournament continues August 25th

The quarterfinals took place in February

Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

The “Jose Sulaiman World Invitational” semifinals go down next month after a first round that saw the #1 seed lose to an alternate. August 25th will see #2 Chris Van Heerden face #3 Fredrick Lawson and #8 Francisco Santana fight #5 Brad Solomon in Toronto.

Sergey Lubkovich, who beat Karim Mayfield in April and will appear on this undercard, will serve as an alternate.

Santana (25-6-1, 12 KO) was the big story of the quarterfinals, upsetting tourney favorite Felix Diaz via majority decision. Van Heerden (26-2-1, 12 KO) and Lawson (27-1, 21 KO) took comfortable unanimous decisions over their respective foes, while Solomon (28-1, 9 KO) had to get off the canvas to scrape out a split decision over alternate Paddy Gallagher.

The press release claims that the ultimate winner of this tournament will “be in a position to fight for the WBC Welterweight World Title in 2019.” To be frank, it’s hard to picture any of these guys having a shot against Danny Garcia or Shawn Porter. Still some fun fights to be had in the meantime, though.

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