WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF Presidents Meet to Reach a Massive Agreement

Published 10/29/2021, 6:40 AM EDT


Over the years, the sport of boxing has only gotten more competitive because of the influx of highly skilled pugilists. However, there’s one major conundrum that has deteriorated the sport to a certain extent, i.e. too many belts and too many champions in a division. That said, the WBC, WBA, WBO, and IBF Presidents recently met each other to resolve this issue to some level.

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There are too many governing bodies in boxing who have their own belts at every weight class. As a result, there are four champions at some weight classes, which eventually creates massive confusion.

To sort this out, WBO President – Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel Esq, WBC President – Mauricio Sulaimán, WBA President – Gilberto Jesús Mendoza Jr., and the IBF President – Daryl Peoples met to address this concern.

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In a joint statement released, they said, “Today’s meeting was very productive, especially in discussing a possible future agreement in search of a standardized title unification process.”

We have identified several areas where we agree and others where we will diligently continue to work on. As independent sanctioning bodies, we will always have our autonomy, but we are working in unison to grow and strengthen the positive image of boxing all around the world.”

A couple of months back, the WBA took a giant step by cutting their interim titles across all the weight classes.

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With this, the WBA only kept the ‘super’ title and the ‘regular’ title in all different weight classes. This step got wide recognition, and many fans sponsored this idea.

Should the WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO keep only a single belt in every weight class?

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In the above statement, it’s clear that all these bodies will have their own powers as individual sanctioning bodies.

That said, it seems unlikely that all these bodies will keep a single belt across every weight class.

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However, the WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO will look to make things easier for fans and fighters. Also, we might get to see more of undisputed champs across every weight class in the coming few years.

It’ll be intriguing to see how things play out. What do you make of the above story?

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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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