Through Sean Jones: WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman sounded like a politician on Thursday when asked if George Kambosos Jr. the undisputed lightweight champion or not.
In response to DAZN’s question, Sulaiman launched a long-winded, convoluted answer that ultimately made no sense. Unless this is how Sulaiman’s trial is, it sounded like he was dodging the question by… walking for a long time, going in different directions without answering the simple question of whether Kambosos is the undisputed champion or not.
It’s a vital question as Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn argues that Kambosos is not the undisputed champion and can only earn that distinction by beating WBC belt holder Devin Haney, which he promotes.
Haney is a champion in name only after being elevated to the spot without fighting anyone. The World Boxing Council installed Haney as their WBC lightweight champion in 2019 and he has been defending the title with pride ever since, as if he fought for it rather than being elevated to that position.
Sulaiman fails to answer the question
“I think it’s nonsense”, Sulaiman told the DAZN Boxing Show when asked if Kambosos is the undisputed lightweight champion.
“People want to see great fights and this confusion makes people angry,” Suliaman continued, appearing to dodge the question of whether Kambosos is the undisputed champion or not.
“I understand that people see and look at things differently. I fully respect that.
“The franchise designation goes to the facts; it led to Teofimo vs. Lomachenko, Lomachenko against Kambosos. It has led to Ryan Garcia being active, Devin Haney against a great champion Linares and then JoJo Diaz.
“I am very happy with the activity, very proud to see a great tournament unfold and there are so many great fights that can take place, be it Kambosos and Haney, Ryan Garcia, Lomachenko, we don’t know anything about Teofimo Lopez, there is so much talent,” said Sulaiman.
Interestingly, the host of the DAZN Boxing show, Barak, did not stay on Sulaiman and insisted that he answer the question of whether Kambosos is the undisputed champion or not.
Barak probably gave up because he didn’t want to risk listening to it Sulaiman goes to another filibuster like level answer that would eat up the precious remaining time of his Thursday night program.
Suliaman walked about in a way that had nothing to do with the question being asked; he may have broken senator Huey Long’s 15-Hour Filibuster in 1935.
During Huey Long’s filibuster against the New Deal legislation, he gave his… fried oysters recipe.
Sulaiman sounded like he was headed that way when DAZN asked him if Kambosos is the undisputed lightweight champion or not.
Sulaiman said that Kambosos is undisputed
Hearn’s argument as to why Haney should fight four-band champion Kambosos instead of Vasily Lomachenko in April is that boxing fans need the Kambosos-Haney fight to determine who is the real undisputed champion at 135 years.
Unfortunately, Sulaiman already confused boxing fans by saying that Kambosos IS is the undisputed champion after beating Teofimo Lopez on November 27. Kambosos holds the IBF, WBA, WBC Franchise and WBO lightweight titles.
He doesn’t have the WBC regular belt, which Hearn feels needs Kambosos to call him the undisputed champion. Meanwhile, the boxing public doesn’t care about the argument.
They see Kambosos as a champion because of his victory over Teofimo. Whether he’s the undisputed champion or not, it’s a bunch of fluff that blows their minds, so it’s not much of an argument that Hearn should convince Kambosos to take on Haney instead of Lomachenko.
Ultimately, Kambosos and his promoter Lou DiBella will decide who they want based on the money and odds of winning.
If Lomachenko’s promoters’ money offer at Top Rank comes close to what Hearn’s Matchroom is offering Kambosos, Haney will get the fight even if his offer is lower.
The reason for that is that he can be beaten, and even if Kambosos loses to him, he won’t be humiliated like he probably will when facing Lomachenko.
Haney can’t punch, and the way he’d beat Kambosos is to stay out and poke him all night. Yes, it would be boring, but still effective.
If Kambosos, on the other hand, faces Lomachenko, he will be given a boxing lesson and will likely be knocked out at some point unless he runs around the ring all night.