WBC orders Rozicki-Peralta rematch


The WBC has announced that a rematch has been ordered between cruiserweights Ryan Rozicki and Yamil Peralta with neutral officials after Saturday’s controversial split decision win by Rozicki in his hometown. Furthermore, Rozicki will not be recognized as WBC international champion and the WBC has a task force arranged to determine what exactly happened.

The following update was issued by WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman:

The WBC immediately established a task force to analyze the situation which occurred Saturday night in Nova Scotia, Canada when local fighter Ryan Rozicki fought against Yamil Peralta from Argentina for The WBC vacant International cruiserweight championship.

This was a very important fight as two top ten ranked fighters fought for this title and simultaneously improved rankings.

It was rendered a split decision win for Rozicki, which immediately created controversy.

* The WBC appointed a panel of officials to review the fight and it unanimously determined that Peralta should have been awarded the victory.

* The WBC has also taken into consideration the strong objection which we had all along with regard to the appointment of the ring officials from the local boxing authority, as they selected all four local officials .

* The WBC decided to continue sanctioning the event, in order not to affect the promotion or the fighters.

* The WBC has received the official report from the WBC assigned supervisor of the event, in which he confirms that unfortunately it was a wrong decision.

* The WBC International committee, chaired by Mauro BETTI from Italy has been actively involved in the process.

* I, as President of The WBC spoke directly with Daniel Otter, President of Three Lions Promotions and have confirmed that his company, himself and especially Ryan Rozicki himself agree with The WBC decision after reviewing all the facts.

The World Boxing Council hereby confirms the following :

– The WBC International Cruiserweight championship remains vacant.

– An immediate rematch will be ordered with the condition that an all neutral panel (not from Canada nor Argentina) officiates the rematch.

– The ratings committee will not consider the result in their evaluation for the official ranking for the month of May.

The WBC wishes to recognize the great fight performed by Yamil Peralta as well as the great effort from Ryan Rozicki.

The sportsmanship showed by both camps, especially the magnificently humbling action of Rozicki, as he raised the hand of Peralta after the result was announced, confirms that boxing is a great sport, extolling honor and underlining fair play. We are committed to safety, but also to fairness.

Mauricio Sulaiman Saldivar
WBC President

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  • Well, well. imagine that. A bad decision in a boxing match. First time that’s ever happened, I guess. Maybe they’ll “right a wrong” in the rematch. What about the hundreds of other awful decisions handed down just in the last several years. Gonna do anything about them? I feel sorry for the fighters, having to slog through all the shit and shenanigans they have to put up with from so-called boxing officials, from “sanctioning” bodies and promoters on down. Sad what they have to abide from all these hucksters and riff raff.

  • Good, Ryan acknowledged that he should have lost as soon as the descion was announced, and wanted nothing to do with the title post fight. All it takes is goofy judges who aren’t held responsible to make everyone involved look bad.
    Also, have it somewhere neutral, Boston maybe.

  • I was at the WBC sponsored fight in Sydney N S and was appalled at the scoring. I am a lifetime fan of boxing and martial arts but I have never seen someone more deserving of victory be screwed by the judges. Peralta put on a great exhibition of boxing skill while Rozicki was very slow, awkward and constantly fouling the other fighter. I don’t see how Rozicki won any rounds let alone the fight and the damage to his face visually demonstrated this. I thought that being supervised by the WBC there was no way something like this could happen. Very disappointing. I think the decision should be overturned in Peralta’s favor.

    • But none of them are bad as the USA. Last night was a perfect example.

  • We’ll see next match when he’s deducted points early on for NOT engaging
    ,and Ryan Knocks him.The fkin Argentine and would not fight he jabbed and ran in held, that’s not world class boxing I’m not giving him no credit for anything he fucking ran and he held and he should’ve been deducted points earlier fuck the investigation set a date bringing your refs and judges so Ryan can move on to be world champion like he is.

  • The nerve of these racist cartel owned scumbags. So it doesn’t go the way of the Hispanic fighter in an unimportant contest, and the white dude who wins the decision doesn’t get crowned the champion? Meanwhile, Canelo Alvarez wins two rounds of a 12-round contest but manages to get an almost draw. Is anybody at the WBC up in arms about all the s*** decisions that have gone canelo’s way? I think we all know the answer to that.

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