WBC gives Broner & Mayweather until December 15th to decide which division they’ll campaign in
By Allan Fox: The World Boxing Council has given two-division world champions Adrien Broner and Floyd Mayweather Jr. until December 15th to decide which division they’ll be campaigning in. The WBC made the decision to give deadlines to both Broner and Mayweather at their 51st national convention in Bangkok, Thailand.
Broner holds the WBC lightweight and WBA welterweight title. He last defended his WBC lightweight title in February of this year in stopping Gavin Rees in 5 rounds. However, Broner hasn’t talked about when or if he’ll be defending his lightweight title since, and it looks like he’d holding onto the title as fallback back plan if he gets beaten in his first title defense of his WBA welterweight belt against Marcos Maidana on December 14th.
If Broner can’t beat Maidana then it’ll be a pretty good indication that he doesn’t have the size or the power to compete against the top welterweights in the division. Broner would then likely move back down to the lightweight division to continue to defend that title.
The WBC has done Broner a big favor by choosing December 15th before he has to make a decision about which title he plans on keeping, because Broner’s fight is the night before on December 14th and he should have a pretty good idea afterwards whether he has the talent to stay at welterweight.
Mayweather has the WBC welterweight and WBC junior middleweight titles in his possession. He captured the WBC junior middleweight title with a 12 round decision over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez last September. Mayweather last defended his WBC 147 lb. title with a one-sided 12 round decision victory over Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero last May. It would seem likely that Mayweather will dump the WBC 154 lb. title because there’s no real reason to keep it due to the lack of big names at 154. The only reason why it might be worth it for Mayweather to keep the WBC 154 lb. title is if he chooses to defend the title against someone like Gennady Golovkin or Sergio Martinez if he chooses to take the risk o fighting one of those big punchers.
It would seem more likely that Mayweather will choose to keep his WBC 147 lb. title because he can dominate that division for the remainder of his contract with Showtime without having to worry about facing any big sluggers like Golovkin or Martinez. It would be nice if Mayweather and Broner could face each other before Broner gets beaten by someone. Once Broner loses for the firs time the interest in a Mayweather-Broner fight will disappear.