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Friday, March 4, 6:01 PM
*Wright relinquishes WBC super welterweight title*
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MEXICO CITY (Ticker) - Winky Wright is ready for another 
challenge.

Wright on Friday relinquished his WBC super welterweight title
in order to move up to the middleweight division and fight Felix
Trinidad.

"The WBC has accepted (Wright's) resignation and the board of
governors will vote on the proposal for the Wright-Trinidad
fight to be a final elimination bout to determine the WBC's No.
1 ranked official challenger at 160 pounds," WBC president Jose
Sulaiman said.

Wright, who won the IBF super welterweight title with a
unanimous decision over Robert Frazier in October 2001 after
Trinidad vacated the belt to move up in weight, captured the WBC
and WBA versions of the championship with a victory over Shane
Mosley on March 13, 2004.  The 33-year-old recorded a majority
decision win over Mosley in a rematch last November.

With a record of 48-3 with 25 knockouts, Wright is scheduled to
battle Trinidad on May 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

In the wake of Wright's decision, the WBC named Francisco Javier
Castillejo its new super welterweight champion.

"The WBC rules and regulations state that in any weight division
that has a world champion and an interim world champion, if
either one steps down, the other will automatically become the
undisputed champion of the division," Sulaiman said.
"Consequently, Francisco Javier Castillejo of Spain, who was the
interim champion, has today officially become the WBC super
welterweight champion of the world."

Castillejo is slated to defend the title against Ricardo Mayorga
on May 21 in Chicago.

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