as the leader of one of the 4 foremost sanctioning bodies in boxing, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman realizes that there must be some kind of reform to steer clear of roadblocks for unified champions to take advantage of sensible fights possible occur first.
There are at present 10 unified champions in the sport. The multi-belt holders are Anthony Joshua, Canelo Alvarez, Jermell Charlo, Errol Spence Jr., Teofimo Lopez Jr., Naoya Inoue, Artur Beterbiev, Josh Taylor, Jose Ramirez and Murodjon Akhmadaliev.
Sulaimán lately told a gaggle of reporters together with BoxingScene.com that mandatory fights for unified champions need to be handled more advantageous with a purpose to exploit palatable fights.
“It’s a delicate and frustrating [situation]. It’s complicated, and it’s no longer effortless. Of course there are examples, there are blunders, and we’re attempting to address it the most desirable approach possible. It’s a vital subject in our game that deserves attention,” observed Sulaimon.
“Our guidelines are very clear. We desire the most advantageous fights. We need the development of the activity. We do not are looking to supply mandatories to satisfy and just to impose. we are very flexible and knowing case through case. we are able to no longer enable a compulsory contender to abuse that place.”
one of the most gigantic mandatory cases that remains lingering within the game for a unified titlist is Joshua’s necessary protection of the WBO title in opposition t Oleksandr Usyk. It’s a bout that may probably additional stall the megafight between Joshua and WBC champion Tyson Fury.
automatically after Joshua knocked out his IBF mandatory in Kubrat Pulev in December, WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel switched gears and resurfaced consideration that Joshua needed to battle Usyk subsequent.
The WBO has a rule that if a champion strikes as much as a new division, because the former unified and undisputed cruiserweight king Usyk did when he moved as much as heavyweight in 2019, then he might problem for the title in his new vision at his discretion.
“I even have mentioned during the past, possibly no longer to the formality that I hope, but I actually have discussed with the other groups a concept — every time there’s a unified champion, we should plan ahead, do a match and fights between the obligatory contenders [of each respective sanctioning body],” stated Sulaimán. “on the conclusion, the champion has to do one mandatory, and not diverse ones. That holds back the building of the recreation.
“each and every corporation, and promoter, has their personal guidelines and agenda. once you get a compulsory, it turns into a criminal difficulty.
“The truth is that the obligatory contender was added by means of the WBC a long time ago. The champions may take a seat and defend without facing the actual, up and coming forces. In most cases, the mandatory contender works. I cannot communicate for the different firm’s processes. i can only reply to what the WBC does. we’ve been constant in making certain the obligatory system is on the maximum level viable. The reality of having diverse corporations and numerous titles, and the excellent of the challengers dilute on many events. The WBC has been consistent in making certain that we order remaining eliminations to investigate the mandatory. We motivate unification bouts. We aren’t getting within the approach of that. I don’t take into account an issue with a compulsory contender in recent years who turned into an obstacle for super fights to turn up.”
while promoting Gennadiy Golovkin’s necessary defense of his IBF middleweight title against Kamil Szeremeta in December, Matchroom Boxing head and Usyk promoter Eddie Hearn emphasized that the Joshua versus Fury combat eclipses the entire belts.
“I undoubtedly work shut with Usyk. they are in a robust position as the mandatory challenger,” talked about Hearn. “on the same time, we have a fight on our hands — and sorry to the governing bodies — that eclipses all belts. We just acquired to be a little bit cautious.
“You may be on the verge of going, ‘You comprehend what? Let’s just do away with all the politics at this time. Let’s simply drop all of the belts.’ because if you quit one belt, you may as smartly lose them all.”
“It receives to the stage where you obtained the biggest combat in all of boxing. You’re paying every governing physique a whole bunch and hundreds of hundreds of bucks. Now you acquired one other guy who doubtless wishes seven figures to step apart. so you just ought to be careful.
“The aim of this combat has all the time been to be for the undisputed championship, When Anthony Joshua got here into my office years ago, that turned into always the dream. we are able to do whatever thing we can to make certain each belt in boxing is on the line for the Tyson Fury battle.”
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