QUOTE(Jack 1000 @ Dec 31 2007, 05:38 PM) [snapback]373029[/snapback]
How did David Diaz manage to beat Erik Morales for the WBC Lightweight title? I am not disputing that fight's call, but why was it a title fight? Cassamayor was the WBC title holder of the lightweight division, also Ring Magazine had him listed. Was Cassamayor stripped and Morales-Diaz for the interim title? Or was Casamayor-Santa Cruz for the interim lightweight title? In the beginning, why didn't Casamayor just fight David Diaz?
in may of 2006, the WBC allowed the champion of their north american affiliate (jose armando santa cruz) to fight the champion of their asian affiliate (chikashi inada) for the interim title @ lightweight. i believe this was shortly after the third bout between corrales and castillo was cancelled. the WBC mandatory @ lightweight was long overdue as nobody had made a mandatory defense in the division since mayweather's defense against castillo in 2002. in may of 2006, i believe castillo was actually ranked #1 @ lightweight by the WBC, but perhaps a promoter complained about all the non-sense taking place (two failed weigh-ins in a row, lack of mandatory defenses, etc.) and was able to get an interim title bout approved.
anyway, rather than fight santa cruz, corrales wanted a more marketable fight with casamayor and the WBC gave him the okay. so, santa cruz defended his interim title (and lost) against david diaz. casamayor beat corrales and was now obligated to fight diaz.
around this time, morales lost his third fight against pacquiao. arum's cash cow seemingly had nothing marketable left to do, but arum came up with the idea of morales maybe returning to try to win the WBC title @ 135 to become the first mexican to win a world title in four divisions (morales, barrera, and chavez held titles in 3 divisions). with arum controlling diaz, it would be an easy match to make. now all he needed was the WBC to remove the "interim" tag from diaz's title.
sure enough, removing the interim tag is exactly what the WBC did before long . . .
casamayor was negotiating for a rematch with acelino freitas to re-unify the WBC & WBO titles (corrales had been stripped by the WBO and freitas picked the title up by defeating zahir raheem). the WBC said that since casamayor was negotiating to fight freitas and not diaz that he clearly did not intend to honor his mandatory and was stripped of the title, giving diaz full recognition as WBC champion in the division.
with casamayor no longer holding a title, there was nothing for him to unify, and HBO made it clear they were not interested in the fight anymore. freitas fought juan diaz instead to unify the WBO & WBA titles and HBO televised.
casamayor now had no fight and no belt.
i'm sure he was pissed.
pissed enough to threaten to sue.
a compromise was worked out and to avoid a lawsuit, casamayor was awarded the interim championship. of course, this allowed morales to fight diaz for the "real" title, something arum had been talking about many months before, way before casamayor had ever been stripped.
very convenient . . .
diaz beats morales and casamayor gets a gift against santa cruz.
no sign of them fighting each other and the fun never stops because the WBC orders an immediate rematch between casamyor and santa cruz due to the terrible decision.
perhaps casamayor is just going to give up his interim title and fight katsidis for what will become the full WBO title when juan gets stripped?
what an amazingly confusing and hilarious saga . . .