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19 NOVEMBER 2018


Palacios mandatory opponent to Wlodarczyk

Francisco Palacios (Photo: Team Palacios)
Francisco Palacios (Photo: Team Palacios)

By José Santana Jr.


Cruiserweight Francisco Palacios of Puerto Rico is the mandatory challenger to WBC titleholder Krzysztof Wlodarczyk to face him in a rematch of their April bout that was questionably scored in favor of Wlodarczyk.


Palacios’ promoter, Don King Productions, was notified by the WBC that they have ruled in favor of DKP’s petition for a rematch.


Palacios (20-1, 13 KOs), 34, lost his first professional bout in the first match against Wlodarczyk (45-2-1, 32 KOs) when the judges scored the bout in favor of the 29-year-old Polish fighter by split scores of 116-113, 118-112 and 113-115.


It appears that Wlodarczyk will be allowed to make an optional defense before facing Palacios.


“What they told us was that (Wlodarczyk) could make an optional defense and the winner, by obligation, will have to defend the title against Palacios,” said Palacios’ trainer and manager José Aguilar in a press statement.


“I am still the mandatory, but I would have liked for it to be an immediate rematch because I am ready to fight him now,” Palacios said. “Nonetheless, I am still very happy and I have to always give thanks to God, the people who always support me, and to Don King for continuing to push the protest, because without all of them this would not be happening.”


Despite the loss, the WBC maintained Palacios rated as the No. 1 contender. However, the discontent over the decision reached the point that a group of Polish boxing fans created an online petition to the WBC in favor of Palacios receiving a chance at a rematch.


“Often we see fans criticizing and complaining about so called ‘robberies’ on foreign soil, but real interventions by fans expressing their disagreement to those situations in their own country remains unseen,” says the petition addressed to WBC president José Sulaiman. “We, as Polish boxing fans, do not wish to further soil the integrity of the sport with yet another poor decision.”


Palacios was impressed by the petition and the eagerness of the Polish fans to see him return.


“Truthfully, words cannot express what I felt when I found out about the petition after the fight,” Palacios said. “They asked for justice for me and I still feel like I am undefeated and ready to defeat (Wlodarczyk) for a second time, so that they can hand over the title to me.”


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