The World Boxing Council has confirmed the removal of Vanes Martirosyan from participating in the WBC light middleweight final elimination fight against Erislandy Lara due to Martirosyan’s failure to agree to a bout date compliant with the WBC Rules & Regulations.
The WBC will designate an alternative opponent to face Lara in the final elimination bout to determine the mandatory contender for their light middleweight title.
This is the third time that Martirosyan has refused to fight in a WBC-ordered elimination bout. The first two were against James Kirkland and Alfredo Angulo.
Golden Boy Promotions earned the right to promote the elimination bout with a bid of $410,000 dollars against Top Rank’s $65,000 dollars, and set the bout’s date for February 23, 2013. After the WBC informed Martirosyan that the proposed bout date did not violate the WBC’s rules, and strongly recommended that he accept it, he failed to do so, claiming he would only fight on or after March 1.
The WBC will update the status of the light middleweight division in a near future.
January 31, 2013