English Tony Bellew has been made Emeritus Champion by the WBC so as he can return to contest his title at any time as he is yet to indicate which weight he will fight at.
This is because there have been changes made by the WBC as a result of potential ongoing involvement in the heavyweight division hence Bellew WBC Cruiserweight champion status has changed.
Bellew held this title when he defeated David Haye earlier this month at the O2 Arena.
The WBC made a statement saying;
“Tony Bellew has become a major attraction in the heavyweight division and is at this moment uncertain of his next steps following his life changing victory.”
“The Emeritus Champion designation is a privilege, which has been successfully used by some of the great champions of the history of our organisation including Vitali Klitschko, Floyd Mayweather, Bernard Hopkins, Erik Morales and other greats.”
The WBC also said the board “unanimously voted” to amend Bellew’s title status reiterating that the Merseysider has “represented the WBC in the best way”.
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