Just days before Miguel Cotto takes on one of the biggest fights of his career, The Puerto Rican has been stripped of his WBC world title ahead of his clash with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on November 21.
Cotto who boasts a record of (40-4-KO33) faces Alvarez (45-1-1-KO32) in Las Vegas and while the governing body have ruled that the Mexican can still become champion by winning should Canelo win, but they are no longer prepared to recognise Cotto as the holder of the belt.
A statement on the WBC website read: “The WBC hereby announces that effective immediately has withdrawn recognition of Miguel Cotto as WBC world middleweight champion.
“If Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez wins the fight against Cotto, he will be recognized as the WBC middleweight world champion.
“The WBC’s decision is premised on the fact that Miguel Cotto and his camp are not willing to abide by the governing WBC Rules & Regulations, and the specific conditions the WBC established to sanction the fight.
“Simply put: they are not willing to respect the very same rules and conditions which applied to Cotto becoming WBC champion. The WBC wishes Miguel Cotto the best of luck as we truly regret the course of action which led to them taking such decision.”
Cotto took charge of the belt last summer when stopping Sergio Martinez in the tenth back in June 2014 and defended it with a fourth-round stoppage of Australian Daniel Geale earlier this year.