IS WBC CORRUPTLY FAVORING CARLOS CUADRAS?
By Scott Shaffer
Mexico's Carlos Cuadras, a former WBC 115-pound champion, is moving up to 118 pounds, and it appears the Mexican-based WBC is corruptly holding its championship vacant for him while he tests the water in his new division. The WBC bantamweight title has been vacant since March, when Luis Nery failed to make weight. In more than five months, the WBC has not sanctioned a fight between the two leading contenders. Initially, the championship was to be awarded to the winner of a June 23rd fight between Nordine Oubaali of France and Petch Sor Chitpattana (a/k/a Petch CP Freshmart) of Thailand, but the WBC announced the fight was "postponed" without explanation or even a claim that one of the boxers was injured. No purse bid was ever ordered. Meanwhile, Cuadras has lost three of his last four fights against tough competition. Now comes word that he is moving up to 118 on August 18th and will face Ricardo Nuņez (29-7) for a WBC regional title in Mexico City. Boxingtalk expects the WBC will continue to hold the title vacant until Cuadras is good and ready to fight for it, thus penalizing the careers of Oubaali and Chitpattana.