IOKA VACATES TITLE; WBC UP TO ITS USUAL DIRTY TRICKS AGAIN.
With Japanese superstar Kazuto Ioka moving up to 108 pounds, the WBC 105-pound title is now vacant. The WBC will ignore its own rankings and fill the vacancy by matching WBC #6 Xiong Zhao Zhong of China against WBC #4 Javier Resendiz Martinez of Mexico in Kunming, China on Nov. 24th. The undeserving Xiong is 19-4 and has never fought at 105 pounds, but the WBC is willing to ignore both its rankings and fairness in order to tap into the Chinese market. Chief among the victims of this WBC corruption is WBC #1 contender Denver Cuello, who twice paid sanctioning fees to the WBC for its silver title. Apparently, the WBC cares as little for its silver title as the fans do, because the belt and the #1 ranking did nothing to get Cuello a shot at the vacant title. WBC president Jose Sulaiman said that boxing "needs China" and wants to hold a so-called world title fight there. "China can turn into a great country for professional boxing. I am thrilled that China is opening its doors by celebrating this great fight, where a WBC title will be at stake," said Sulaiman. --Hector Linares