The man that currently holds all of the significant belts in the Lightweight division today is 🇺🇸Teofimo “Takeover” Lopez (16-0-0, 12KO👊). Given the WBC’s ongoing politics, it has created endless dialogue among boxing fans about what is what…but it has been made abundantly clear that the recipients of the “Franchise” distinction were “elevated” to that status, citing the way it was drafted up, and in the language used to describe it when the new moniker was made present. It was offered to the holder of their highest titlist at the time, therefore it doesn’t serve as an inferior belt, or a demotion to what we know now as the regular WBC Title.
The Franchise title was also made transferrable, validating its place in the WBC belt pecking order as a belt that can be won or lost, as opposed to its presentation in the original rollout. Considering that 🇺🇦Vasiliy Lomachenko “at the time” was elevated from his stature as the WBC Champion, to becoming the Lightweight divisions Franchise Champ, the regular title was awarded to 🇺🇸Devin Haney without him ever having to fight for it, which truthfully invalidates Haney’s role atop the pecking order of the WBC sanctioning body.
Lastly, days before the Lopez / Lomachenko fight, a Reporter asked WBC President 🕴🏼Mauricio Sulaiman if the Franchise Title would be valid in order to claim Undisputed World Champion if you were to bridge the other titles together, and he simply said “Yes”, which is where the debate should stop. Now did Sulaiman’s shady doings cause unnecessary confusion in the boxing pantheon? Absolutely.
Is the current rollout fair❓ That’s not for us to decide as an independent outlet…but if you are not in agreement with the way that Sulaiman has conducted his business with the new installation of the Franchise title…take it up with him…we just find the patterns presented, the agreements made, and we report them as such, to bring clarity to any gray area.
NOW…back to Teofimo Lopez…since becoming Undisputed Lightweight World Champion, he is looking to make his first World Title defense, against rough, rugged #1 IBF Lightweight contender & #8 ranked Ring-Magazine contender 🇦🇺George Kambosos Jnr. (19-0-0, 10KO👊). Both he & Lopez are similar in that they share a bullish disposition, and possess confidence that borders on the line of arrogance. It’s only natural for them to both butt heads when the major prize of being the divisions Champion is on the line.
The venue to hold this event will be the 🏟️LoanDepot Park in Miami, Florida. The RING/WBA/WBO/IBF/WBC Franchise Titles will be on the line, and this is marked as a PPV event (why? we have no idea, this event does not warrant it), and they will take their battle to 💻TRILLER. Now if you’re aware, Triller overwhelmed Top-Rank and Matchroom’s bid, and won the purse bid to get the rights to this particular bout.
In more recent news, Teofimo Lopez renewed and amended his contract with Top-Rank, with a higher base earning, and-then-some, but prior to that, he signed for this event to take place on the newer platform, so the fight can be accessed with a fee by Triller’s streaming application service.