Floyd Mayweather Stripped of WBO Welterweight Title

The World Boxing Organization, WBO have stripped Floyd Mayweather of the WBO welterweight belt won from Manny Pacquiao in May.

“The WBO World Championship Committee is allowed no other alternative but to cease to recognize Mr Floyd Mayweather Jr as the WBO welterweight champion of the world and vacate his title.” said a statement on wboboxing.com.

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    According to the BBC, Mayweather failed to pay the WBO a $200,000 (£128,000) fee to administer the fight by the 3 July deadline.

    The 38-year old American boxer is expected to relinquish the title to the committee saying he planned to do so following his points victory over Pacquiao.

    Meanwhile, a fellow American, Timothy Bradley will now become the full belt holder.

    Mayweather, who still holds the WBA and WBC belts at welterweight, has until 20 July to appeal against the decision.

    He is expected to stage one more fight in Las Vegas on 12 September, although he has yet to name the opponent.

    Source: Nigerian Bulletin