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Sulaiman: Too Many Organizations, Too Many Titles

By Elisinio Castillo

The president of the World Boxing Council (WBC), Mauricio Sulaiman, says the sport of boxing is under threat because there are too many sanctioning bodies, too many titles and other combat sports, like Mixed Martial Arts, are continuing to gain new fans.

Sulaiman says the only way to fix things is for the rival sanctioning bodies to work together.

The WBA has once again come under fire for allowing multiple champions within the same division. For examples, at 160-pounds there are three boxers who hold various forms of the WBA middleweight title. In other divisions there are at least two fighters who claims to be the WBA champion.

"Other disciplines, such as mixed martial arts, have appeared. Besides that, the existence of too many sanctioning bodies, too many championships - which only confuses the fan," Sulaiman said.

At the end of June, Sulaiman held a meeting in Cancun with Gilberto Mendoza of the World Boxing Association (WBA) and Daryl Peoples of the International Boxing Federation (IBF).

One of the items they discussed was the idea of having a singular unified champion at the top of every division.

"The best thing we did was when we sat down to listen to each other without egos and without grandstanding. There are things that we discussed where we as sanctioning bodies can agree on for the sake of the sport," Sulaiman said.

"Gradually you are going to see a lot of progress [but] obviously the proposal is to have a [singular] world champion [in every division]."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by dinero fan on 08-26-2014

Get rid of the damn silver belts.

Comment by TLC8 on 08-26-2014

[QUOTE=nycsmooth;14884965]The other bodies will not give up their champs & $$ from sanctioning fees. Silaiman has saod WBC doesn't allow unification bouts, he seems 2 b caught in the middle...But wouldn' 1 champ per division b great w/ many valid…

Comment by TLC8 on 08-26-2014

[QUOTE=tenPt;14884827]Admitting it and doing something to change it are two different things.[/QUOTE] Now there's wisdom. Glad you took time to post the obvious.

Comment by TLC8 on 08-26-2014

[QUOTE=cabalas;14886263]David Greisman just wrote this today in "Fighting Words": [B]...There are 17 weight classes in boxing. The WBA has 12 “super,” “unified” or “undisputed” champions. It has another 15 “regular” titleholders. And it has 11 boxers carrying “interim” belts. That’s…

Comment by TLC8 on 08-26-2014

[QUOTE=O.H. Canada;14885231]I LOVE reading posts like this one. You sir know what you are talking about. Refreshing to read sensible posts like this rather than the usual trolling and hot air blown by know it nots. Green k'd you for…

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