Jose Sulaiman On The WBC
Stripping Of Timothy Bradley
WORLD BOXING COUNCIL NEWS
August 2, 2011 – Mexico City.
From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán:
As president of the WBC, I feel that I should make a brief
press note in answer to several criticisms received from
some writers in regards to the Timothy Bradley case.
Bradley is a great fighter and a pride of the WBC. We gave
him first the opportunity before any other even noticed him,
and he has won the WBC title twice. The WBC is a
not-for-profit organization that has its rules, which should
be abided by, if any boxer wants to become a WBC Champion.
There are traffic laws that are respected: if you don’t stop
at a red light, you are violating the law and will be fined.
If you don’t have a driving license you should not drive, or
you will be fined. If you issue a check without funds, that
Our rules for champions state that each champion should
defend the title at least three times a year and when you
reach six months of inactivity, the title might be
withdrawn, The WBC wrote three times to Timothy, and neither
he nor his representatives wrote back, nor have they
announced at any time any scheduled fight at all to defend
his title. They seemed not to care that there are many other
classified boxers who wish to contend for the title, which
the champion has frozen.
However, the WBC did not “strip” Bradley. We declared him
still “champion in recess” so that he will have the doors of
the WBC opened for when he is able to return, while we
declared the active championship vacant with the new
champion to fight Bradley when he returns to boxing.
As simple as that.