Floyd Mayweather stripped of WBO welterweight title
Mayweather won his welterweight world title after defeating Filipino Manny Pacquiao last May
Boxing king Floyd Mayweather has been stripped of his welterweight world title after failing to comply with the rules of the World Boxing Organization, according to sports website ESPN.
The boxer missed a deadline in which he was required to pay a $200,000 sanctioning fee in addition to vacating two junior middleweight titles he also holds.
“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, for failing to comply with our WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests,” the WBO said in a statement.
The WBO said it is against the rules for boxers to hold world titles in multiple weight classes and that Mayweather had until last Friday to indicate which weight division he would retain.
Mayweather won his welterweight world title after defeating Filipino Manny Pacquiao last May.
Commenting on the decision, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN.com: “It's a complete disgrace.”
“Floyd will decide what, or if any, actions he will take. But in the meantime he's enjoying a couple of hundred million he made from his last outing and this has zero impact on anything he does,” he added.
Mayweather has two weeks to appeal the decision.