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At the World Boxing Council Christmas breakfast, President Mauricio Sulaiman outlined and sign posted som exciting prospects for the coming year.

Francisco "Bandido" Vargas has just made a successful return after eleven months to allow his cut brows to heal, following the loss of his WBC championship to Miguel Berchelt.  He now wants a title rematch, but this won't happen until number one contender Miguel "Mickey" Roman gets his challenge opportunity.

Mauricio said: "We are evaluating.  It's a tremendous division, with tremendous potential, because there are great fighters. There is so much talent in this division that I'm very happy and great fights will come. The next mandatory is in May and the WBC will confirm in January, what is the situation with the mandatory status."

Concerning the heavyweight division, Cuban Luis Ortiz  failed a doping test which derailed his title challenge to Champion Deontay Wilder. This has now  been resolved and Luis  measurably strengthened his claim with a recent spectacular KO.  Mauricio said: "Ortiz is number three contender and he's available to fight for the title. So if they do a voluntary title defence he will be more than welcome to fight Wilder for the title."

Four division WBC champion Roman "Chocoalito" Gonzalez who lost his super flyweight title to Thai Srisaket Sor Rungvisai on points, was KO'd in the rematch on March 31st.  Mauricio said: "All great champions lose, and he's one of the greats. I'm not certain if the super flyweight division is the correct one for him. He might want to consider going back to flyweight, where he has more power and stamina."

During this year, Floyd Mayweather has surpassed the record of Rocky Marciano and retired.  Floyd is now more than forty years old. Father Time waits for no fighter. Mauricio said: "I am hoping that Floyd confirms his retirement. He is a true representative of the best of boxing and he will be a role model for generations to come. Floyd is one of the best ever."

The World Boxing Council is also determined to pursue a firm line concerning doping, which has not yet made deep inroads into the world of boxing. Mauricio said: "We have the Clean Boxing Program. It has worked very well and efficiently. We are going to dedicate the coming year to awareness and teaching to fighters all over the World, because illegal drugs damage the person taking them and you don't play boxing!  You can hurt your opponent, so we are going to maintain our struggle to maintain Boxing clean!"


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