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Good article, but what I’ve always wanted to know is the nitty gritty of how the sanctioning bodies sanction fights (i.e. how involved in purse bids, set up, etc, they are, if at all), and how the belt organizations make their money. Do boxers pays dues to be ranked? And what sway do the sanctioning bodies have over the fighters other than the fact that the fighters want the recognition of a ranking/belt?

Posted June 25, 2014 10:15 am 

Anonymous Dave

Nice article, shame it’s on a site where people only want to read about 2 aging fighters who will never actually fight each other. Unfortunately (for boxing fans) you’ll only really clarify things when you do a follow up explaining the HBO-Showtime and GB-Top Rank schisms. Reality and, more importantly, money dictate that even if you get to mandatory challenger status you’ll end up fighting a nobody for a meaningless “regular” or “interim” title rather than ever get the real champion if you’re with the wrong promoter.

Posted June 24, 2014 6:43 pm 


mick the marmalizer, total agreement, too many bodies even, regular and super champs in same body, just getting greedy with sanctioning fees.

Posted June 24, 2014 2:36 pm 

Mick the Marmalizer

I can live with 17 weight divisions, but all the sanctioning bodies & more over Inter-continental, International & Interim titles ETC. There’s even a British & International masters title which totally degrades the BBBofC area belts. The traditional way for a British boxer was always the area, British, Commonwealth & EBU route, but now there’s even a WBO European title & it’s all wrecking the sport.
Regarding in between weight categories over here they were always know as light-welter/light-middle/light-heavy ETC, I’ve never heard of a super, super middleweight or junior heavyweight!

Posted June 24, 2014 2:13 am 


To many weights, to many sanctioning bodies, blind judges,mafia promoters,and the man in the street doesnt know who is the champion of the world,No wonder MMA and UFC is doing so well.Boxing very soon will kill itself.

Posted June 23, 2014 3:19 pm 


alphabet soup.the perfect name for boxing today.

Posted June 23, 2014 3:16 pm 


I HAVE ANOTHER issue that is also worth a look at.
My issue is with WEIGHT and the safe making of weight, as we saw the likes of Salido deliberately choosing not to make the Featherweight limit of 126 and then coming in nearer 140 than 126 on fight night vs Lomachenko or perhaps even higher.

I have transcribed word for word the below and I would be very interested in people’s comments as ?I feel this is an issue…

Amir Khan says in this month’s Boxing Monthly magazine
” I am a very dedicated fighter but think I just used to kill myself making 140 lbs (weight). I never told anybody how hard it was for me but y’know I used to be 12 lbs overweight the day before the weigh in… That’s not healthy!”

I’m not sure about the other bodies but the WBC check weigh in at 30 days has a 10% leeway (14 lbs) and a 5 day check weight of no more than 5% (7lbs).

Is Khan lying once again, to make himself look good trying to back up his claims that the, “only time I’ve ever been down in fights is when I’ve struggled to make the weight… In training I’ve been hit by far bigger fighters and not been put down. To me that shows weigh-ins used to kill me!”

My point is that are not check weigh-ins supposed to stop this drastic a weight-loss so close to the fight and in my understanding this is very dangerous as it could lead to brain injuries as you cannot rehydrate this quickly if you are cutting so much in so little time?

TARK, I am truly interested in your view on what Amir Khan has said.

My view is that it is reckless and if true, why has it not been picked up or does the WBA and IBF not perform check weights as the WBC pride themselves on?

I know Khan talks a lot of nonsense, but if this is true how many others are doing the same?

Posted June 23, 2014 11:39 am 

mike s

This article is a good way to start a week off.

lets see how many people
a) read it
b)understand it
C)retain the information
d)use it moving forward and stop W the fiction based delusional comments

Posted June 23, 2014 10:48 am 

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Rankings, Belts, Weight Classes and Mandatory Challengers: A Guide for the Casual Boxing Fan

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