By Karl Freitag
Legendary fight agent Don Majeski proposed a new weight division at 225 pounds between cruiserweight and heavyweight. Majeski said it shouldn’t be a “super” or “junior” title, but should have its own name. He suggested “dreadnought.” The promoters present seemed positive about the proposal. A WBC committee will study the idea. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman stressed that “heavyweight” will always be the name of the top division.
The winner of the August 22 fight between WBC interim heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin will get the WBC diamond belt. The winner between WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder on December 19 will have to face Whyte if Whyte beats Povetkin.
Cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu must make two mandatories, having won a vacant title. There are eliminators ordered between #1 Thabiso Mchunu vs. #3 Olanrewaju Durodola and #4 Alexei Papin vs. #5 Ruslan Fayfer. Makabu will be allowed a voluntary defense while the eliminators are sorted out.
Light Heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev will defend against IBF mandatory Meng Fanlong on September 25 in Russia. Jean Pascal is the WBC mandatory.
Super middleweight champion David Benavidez defends Saturday against Roamer Angulo, then will face mandatory Avni Yildirim, then be allowed a voluntary defense before facing diamond champion Callum Smith.
Franchise champion Canelo Alvarez isn’t fighting September 12. He is training and Golden Boy is working on a new date with DAZN.
Middleweight champion Jermall Charlo defends against Sergiy Derevyanchenko September 26.
Super welterweight champion Jermell Charlo defends against Jeison Rosario on September 26. The promoter informed that the winner is obliged to make the mandatory defense of the IBF, to which the WBC confirmed that it has agreements of respect and reciprocity with the IBF to respect the mandatory obligations.
Welterweight champion Errol Spence defends against Danny Garcia on November 21. This will count as the mandatory.
Super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez faces Viktor Postol on August 29.
Franchise lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko will face IBF champ Teofimo Lopez on October 17 in Las Vegas. If Lopez beats Loma, he will become franchise champion. WBC champion Devin Haney is granted a voluntary defense. Ryan “Kingry” Garcia will face Luke Campbell for the interim title.
Super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt will defend against Oscar Valdez on a date to be named. Top Rank has until the end of August to confirm the deal, otherwise a purse offer will be ordered. A tournament will determine the next mandatory.
Featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. has no mandatory challenger. #2 Tugstsogt Nyambayar vs. #5 Eduardo Ramirez will be a final eliminator on September 19 in Connecticut.
Super bantamweight champion Rey Vargas broke his leg and will be made champion in recess. Luis Nery meets Aaron Alameda for the vacant title. There will be two eliminators and the winners will both be mandatories. Daniel Roman vs. Juan Carlos Payano and Carlos Castro vs. Pitufu Diaz.
Bantamweight champion Nordine Ouabaali defends against Nonito Donaire in December.
Super flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada has a voluntary defense. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is the mandatory.
Flyweight champion Julio Cesar Martinez was supposed to fight McWilliams Arroyo on Saturday, but pulled out due to illness. Promoters will try to reschedule.
Light flyweight Kenshiro Teraji is waiting for a TV date. A final eliminator will be ordered when possible.
Strawweight champion Wanheng Menayothin might fight a voluntary defense in September. A final eliminator will be ordered when possible.