I SUPPOSE the transparency is admirable. Sanctioning bodies do, albeit with intermittent logic, strip champions of their belts. But they rarely do it the week of their world title fight. But the WBC have decided, a mere four days ahead of his defence against Saul Alvarez, to de-title Cotto.
That’s not the precise phrase, in their parlance the WBC “has withdrawn recognition of Miguel Cotto as the WBC middleweight world champion”. Although if Canelo wins on Saturday (November 21) he will, it turns out, be recognized as the WBC middleweight world champion. So far so unclear. According to the body’s statement Cotto has not followed the WBC’s rules and regulations and the specific conditions which applied to Cotto becoming their champion. We however are waiting for further details on what he’s done wrong.
Among general comments, the WBC says it “will not participate in the abuse of power and greediness”. Perhaps Cotto has simply declined to pay the sanctioning fee. He is a big name, this is a huge fight and perhaps the great Puerto Rican has decided this event doesn’t need the garnish of a world title (it is afterall at a catchweight rather than the 160lbs middleweight limit).