With an IBF World Championship challenge against fellow former Commonwealth Champion Stuart Hall coming up in June, Paul has voluntarily relinquished the Commonwealth Championship as he will be unable to meet any extended defence deadline set for him by the CBC.
The Final Eliminator between former Champion YAQUB KAREEM and KAL YAFAI, postponed from March and re-scheduled to May 21st in Leeds has been upgraded and will now be for the vacant Championship (see FORTHCOMING CHAMPIONSHIPS).
Having frozen the Sanction Fees for a number of years, aware as the Directors are of economic restraints on many promoters throughout the Commonwealth, the CBC is now compelled to raise these, the cost of manufacture of the magnificent Commonwealth Championship Belt, second only in our opinion to the Lonsdale Belt, having risen steadily, as well as the costs of our twice yearly meetings. The Fee for Eliminators and Final Eliminators remains the same :-
OFFICIAL ELIMINATOR £250 sterling net.
FINAL ELIMINATOR £750 “ “
VACANT TITLE £2500 “ “
VOLUNTARY DEFENCE £2000 “ “
MANDATORY DEFENCE £1750 “ “
TO BE EFFECTIVE FROM 1ST AUGUST 2014
The fee for CBC ZONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (Africa, Caribbean/Americas, Australasia) remains the same at £300 sterling net.
The Directors decided it would be appropriate to amend the wording of the terms of purse bid notices to include their right to reject a winning bid if the sum offered was below what they considered was appropriate for both boxers to take part in a 12 round major Championship contest.
No lower limit was to be set, each relevant contest to be judged on its merits.
Although this had not been an issue in the past the Directors felt it prudent to ensure they were not bound to accept any bid, however derisory, the terms for the bidding being necessarily strict and binding on all parties including the CBC.
When considering a low winning bid the Directors would be bound to exercise reasonable judgement which may include soliciting the views of the 2 boxers concerned, or their authorized representatives.
A little bit of Commonwealth history was made the night following the last meeting when, in Sheffield in a contest supervised by the CBC Hon Secretary, Australia’s LUCAS BROWNE stopped Canadian ERIC MARTEL BAHOELI in the 5th round of an exciting, event-filled ‘punch-up’, for the vacant Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship (see RESULTS).
Browne becomes the first Australian Heavyweight Champion since the great PETER JACKSON (once described by World Champion ‘Gentleman Jim’ Corbett as ‘the greatest fighter I have ever fought’) in 1889 to win this Title.
For the third time in a week and exceptionally it is necessary for a CBC Bulletin to be circulated, this time as a result of circumstances relating to our Supermiddleweight division.
It is unlikely there will be any further Bulletin until next month, prior to our Spring/Interim Meeting taking place at the HQ of the Commonwealth Secretariat at Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1.
With Champion ROCKY FIELDING failing to make the weight at the weigh in on Friday 14th March, the Title was automatically declared vacant.
With voluntary challenger and former Champion, CHARLES ADAMU of Ghana subsequently losing his challenge on points the next day (see RESULTS) the Title remains vacant pursuant to CBC Regulation 2.14.
By unanimous vote of the Board of Directors of the CBC former World Title challenger ISAAC EKPO of Nigeria is named as mandatory challenger for the vacant Title and is now at liberty to make a match against any other contender approved by the CBC for the vacant Title.
Following on from the CBC Bulletin of 10th March and terms set down by the CBC Board of Directors not having been met, the Commonwealth Lightweight Championship is declared vacant with immediate effect.
Mandatory contender RICHARD COMMEY of Ghana will now be given time to arrange a vacant Title contest against another suitable contender.