World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman has revealed Lawrence Okolie is among several boxers to be dropped from the December ratings.
According to World Boxing News, failure to agree on terms under the Clean Boxing Program means Okolie joins a list of those who won’t be recognized by the WBC.
Okolie is on the verge of landing a world title shot. But it won’t be for the coveted green and gold strap.
It’s more likely Okolie will be pushed for the WBA ‘regular’ title, which WBN doesn’t see as a world crown.
Alternatively, the WBO could be possible. The belt is currently lying vacant. In a statement, Sulaiman confirmed the news.
“WBC Boxing sadly informs that several boxers will leave the December rankings for failing to enroll in the Clean Boxing Program administered by Vada Testing,” he said before naming names.
Lawrence Okolie, UK
Jack Catterall UK
Jesus Rojas PR
Joshua Franco USA
Keita Kurihara Japan
Daniel Matellon Panama
Sulaiman later revealed Joshua Franco had enrolled before deleted the tweet.