5 Elite Boxers Were Removed From WBC Rankings for Not Joining the VADA Clean Boxing Program

Published 01/20/2022, 5:56 AM EST

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Boxing organizations are taking some terrific efforts to promote clean boxing all around the globe. This is because boxers testing positive for banned substances pins the entire sport in an unpleasant light and causes fans to lose their interest in ‘Sweet Science’.

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WBC recently came up with a stern decision and removed boxers who did not join the VADA clean boxing program from its rankings. The names that got the boot include the likes of Conor Benn, Mario Barrios, Mauricio Lara, Lee McGregor, and Chris Billam-Smith. Hence, it is clear that no one is exempt.

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Michael Benson broke the news on his Twitter and wrote, “The WBC have announced that Conor Benn, Mario Barrios, Mauricio Lara, Lee McGregor and Chris Billam-Smith have been removed from their rankings this month as they have not registered for the VADA Clean Boxing Programme. They still have the opportunity to enrol and be reinstated.”

The likes of Conor Benn, Mario Barrios, and Mauricio Lara have some buzz around them and have been in the limelight.

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From the trio, Conor Benn, who has the most buzz around him, bagged three wins last year. That said, the highly promising young gun should enroll and get reinstated.

Not just Benn, but all the above-mentioned fighters can register with VADA and reclaim their spots in the rankings.

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How important are the WBC rankings for all these fighters?

WBC is one prestigious boxing organization and their rankings play a pivotal role in shaping a boxer’s stint. That said, these rankings are extremely vital for Benn, Barrios, Lara, Lee McGregor, and Billiam-Smith.

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Also, if these boxers do not appear for VADA’s clean boxing program, they could run the risk of losing on their rankings in other boxing organizations, too.

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That said, the coming few days will be interesting. What did you make of the WBC’s decision to expel the boxers from the rankings? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.
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