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Boxing \ WBA Heavyweight Title

ESPN reported that the New York State Athletic Commission ruled on Wednesday that the heavyweight title

bout between John Ruiz and James Toney that took place on April 30th be ruled a "no decision." Tony won

the bout and the title from Ruiz on a 12 round unanimous decision. According to a statement posted on

HBO"s boxing website (HBO cablecasted the event):


"James Toney has been suspended for 90 days and fined $10,000 for testing positive for a banned

substance. Toney's April 30 victory over Ruiz has been changed to a No Decision. The heavyweight title will

be returned to Ruiz."


WBA regulations 18 - 18.23 - 3 states:


"If the challenger wins the championship fight and his antidrug test is positive and the losing champion has a

negative result, then the champion shall retain his title in spite of the loss and the challenger shall be

disqualified and shall not box for the title from the World Boxing Association during the next two (2) years

and only after presentation of medical evidence that he has been rehabilitated." (


There's a unique and colorful article on the topic on ESPN's website under boxing (heading: must read).



Boxing \ WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko

Due to Klitschko’s injury:

WBC Interim Heavyweight Title Bout
Hasim Rahman vs. Monte Barrett


The World Boxing Council recognizes its world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko as its pride, and as

someone who carries the prestige of our sport on his shoulders.


The WBC regrets the injury suffered by its champion, who fortunately has already been granted a medical

certificate that will enable him to fight again in the fall of this year.


In light of the long lasting inactivity within the heavyweight division, the WBC has decided to approve a fight

for the world interim heavyweight title between Hasim Rahman --winner of a final elimination against Kali

Meehan—and Monte Barrett –winner of the second final elimination against Owen Beck.


Consequently, instead of having two official challengers to contend against the world champion, who

conquered the vacant title by defeating South African Corrie Sanders, we have decided to approve the bout

for the WBC Interim heavyweight title, with the winner fighting next the WBC world heavyweight champion

Vitali Klitschko.


If as we expect, Vitali Klitschko is able to fight again in the fall, the WBC would order the mandatory bout

between Vitali Klitschko and the winner of Rahman and Barrett.


However, if the winner of Rahman and Barret would not be available to fight Vitali Klitschko in the fall for the

undisputed title, then the WBC would authorize Klitschko for an optional defense against any of the first 15

rated boxers in the WBC, in the understanding that the winners shall fight next for the undisputed title.


- Press Release from the WBC with a little editing from us (color, highlights, etc...)




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