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  • WBC creates new 224lb division?

    Not sure whether this is legit, but Boxing News 24 is reporting that the WBC is planning to create a 224lb division and lower the cruiserweight division to 190lbs

    https://www.boxingnews24.com/2020/10...t-now-190-lbs/

    Little doubt this is simply more mercenary behaviour by the WBC, trying to proliferate sanctioning fees whilst masquerading as the defenders of fair competition.

    Hard to see this working particularly well, especially if the WBC are alone in creating the division. The financial allure of the heavyweight division is almost certainly too great to entice the top level smaller heavyweights to campaign in the lighter division and it potentially hurts the bigger cruiserweights (still interested in contesting WBC rankings/belts) who will now be forced to fight in the heavier division (although, by the same token, it helps bigger light heavies to jump up a division).

    Will be interesting to see how it unfolds. Anyone else remember the last time there were weight divisions in different sanctioning bodies that weren't aligned?

  • #2
    I actually kind of like it. The jump from 174 to 200 has always been a bit ridiculous. And a 200 lb fighter could still choose to compete at 'Super Heavy," or whatever they call it. It wouldn't even do too much damage to the historical records, since most HW champs were below 230 lbs, anyway, except for the last few decades.

    And heck, more championship fights for us fans as well.


    But then they should also get RID of a few divisions, like Junior Lightweight.

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    • #3
      ---Porker Suli just returned cruiser to the original loser division for Failed hvys that Mr Field first earned his notoriety in. More importantly with a single stroke of his porcine fingers, he's hijacked the great division the 200s had grown into. Meanwhile, boxing continues their long history of making a hash of the greatest, most essential sport ever devised that is the progenitor of all pro sports since.

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      • #4
        I don't think there's a need for it to be honest. More divisions, more titles, more of that money for sanctioning fees.

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        • #5
          It's true the 25lb gulf between LHW and Cruiser is tough to fit into. Cruiser was originally 190 then bumped to 195 then 200. I've contemplated another division above LHW and putting it back at 190. But then what to call it? Super LHW? Why not? 140 is called superlightweight after all! Then bump Cruiser to let's say 210.

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          • #6
            All a bit confusing tbh. 191lbs to 224lb - still going to be some big weight differences in that new division. Lowering Cruiser makes sense, as the jump from LH was too much.

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            • #7
              To put this in the context of now. Usyk wouldn't be Anthony Joshua's mandatory. Usyk wouldn't be fighting Dereck Chisora. Usyk would be in the new division and Chisora would be in the Super-Heavyweight division.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by WelshDevilRob View Post
                To put this in the context of now. Usyk wouldn't be Anthony Joshua's mandatory. Usyk wouldn't be fighting Dereck Chisora. Usyk would be in the new division and Chisora would be in the Super-Heavyweight division.

                AJ's lightest weight in recent years was 237, so not likely. Granted, heavies don't need to drain for the weigh-in, so it's hard to know how low they could safely go, but 224 seems a stretch, considering how ripped AJ always looks in the ring.

                But they could make the cut-off around 235. Aj would make that easily for the weigh-in. Even Wlad could have made that easily.
                Let the fat fukers and too-big-to have-any-speed guys fight each other at SHW. That gives much better fights at HW.

                I'm liking this idea more & more ......
                Last edited by Cableaddict; Yesterday, 11:16 PM.

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