Paul Butler captured the WBO ‘interim’ title in April
Paul Butler is now a two weight world champion as he has been elevated to WBO world bantamweight champion following his victory over Jonas Sultan.
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Last month, Paul Butler was preparing for a shot at John Riel Casemiro's WBO bantamweight title. However, on the week of the the fight, Casemiro was seen to breach the BBBofC medical policy by using a sauna to cut weight.
Butler instead faced Jonas Sultan as a late replacement, with the WBO 'interim' title on the line whilst they came to a decision regarding Casemiro's status as champion. Butler earned a victory via points over Sultan.
This morning the WBO released a statement confirming that Casemiro has been stripped of his championship status, and that 'interim' champion Butler has now been elevated to world champion.
Full WBO statement reads:
"DECISION - WBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP COMMITTEE
It is a standard practice in the World Boxing Organization (WBO), to grant full faith and credit to all records, rules, regulations, guidelines, and rulings from any duly authorized member boxing commission. As in this case, the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) is a recognized regulatory body in the United Kingdom which oversees professional boxing contests conducted in their jurisdiction. The board rendered a ruling based on their findings and supportive evidence. Therefore, we must presume the correction of their holding even more so when related to a boxer's safety and physical well-being. This holding does not mean that Team Casimero is impaired from making any relevant claims thereto directly to the British Boxing Board of Control.
Now, to resolve the issue in question, we must enforce a straight-forward approach. Simply put
determined whether Casimero failed to comply with the WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests pursuant to the provisions contained in this Committee's "Resolution." This Committee is of the position that the conditions outlined in the "Resolution" are crystal clear. The relevant provision triggered upon the British Boxing
Board of Control's ruling prohibiting Casimero to participate in his second scheduled WBO championship bout. Wherefore, Casimero was unavailable and consequently, failed to comply as ordered by this Committee.
Now, having carefully reviewed and appraised the facts stated herein, having examined the arguments submitted by Mr. Steve Pacitti Esq., representative for John Riel Casimero, having reviewed the British Boxing Board of Control's ruling and communications, having reviewed the relevant Championship Committee "Resolution" and applicable provisions, and having examined our governing rules and regulations, this Committee
resolves as follows:
1. The Committee unanimously recommended to the WBO Executive Committee to strip John Riel
Casimero's WBO World Bantamweight Championship Title for failure to comply with the conditions set forth in its "Resolution.'
2. The WBO Executive Committee unanimously voted in favor of adopting the WBO Championship
Committee's recommendation and therefore declares the WBO Bantamweight Championship Title "Vacant."
3. WBO Interim Bantamweight Champion Paul Butler is elevated from Interim Champion to
"Full Champion Status."
4. The WBO World Championship Committee recommends to the WBO Ratings Committee that John Riel Casimero be rated at the number one (1) position in the WBO Bantamweight Ratings and subject to complying with the applicable rating criteria.
This is a final decision of the WBO Ratings Committee. The affected WBO participant may appeal such determination to the Complaint and Grievance Committee as per Rule 34, which as per Article 3(e) of the WBO Appeals Regulations, must be submitted in writing to the WBO President within fourteen (14) days of this decision as its sole and exclusive remedy."