News | Nov 17 2015

Miguel Cotto stripped of WBC title four days before Saul Alvarez fight

However, in a baffling move, Alvarez can still win the belt on Saturday, writes John Dennen
Miguel Cotto
Cotto worked with a variety of different trainers Hector Santos Guia/Roc Nation Sports/Miguel Cotto Promotions, LLC

THE WBC has decided to strip Miguel Cotto of their middleweight title, only four days before he was due to defend it against Saul Alvarez in Las Vegas.

The fight had been agreed, admittedly at an 155lbs catchweight, for November 21 at the Mandalay Bay, pitting two of the sports biggest names against one another for the WBC crown. But, in a baffling move, today (November 17) the WBC has decided to remove recognition from Miguel Cotto as their world champion. Even though Cotto won’t be able to defend his title on Saturday, Alvarez will be recognized as their middleweight champion, should he beat Cotto.

The WBC have made the move because Cotto appears to have not conformed to their rules and regulations. However in their latest statement on the matter the WBC did not divulge what the rule violation was.


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