By Ronnie Nathanielsz
World Boxing Council headed by its president Don Jose Sulaiman, in another innovative move, has announced that the premier world boxing body is studying the possibility of replacing the often confusing and sometimes questionable, interim championships, with a WBC world silver championship.
Indications are the move has won universal support and the proposal will be taken up at the next WBC Convention in the picturesque tourist destination of Cancun, Mexico.
Sulaiman said the idea of a WBC Silver championship is "to give value to many fights that cannot be for a WBC world title but are bouts of great importance." He cited the clash between two great Mexicans Israel Vasquez and Rafael Marquez who fought in a memorable trilogy and will face each other for the fourth time on May 22.
The WBC noted that "boxing changes just like life does" and the WBC itself has been an organization of reform in which its greatest success has been in the large number of rules and actions aimed at protecting the health and life of boxers. In this connection some pilot fights would be approved for presentation to the WBC Convention.
The WBC president believes that "it is necessary to also implement new measures for greater opportunities for boxers and promoters" and this is what the WBC World Silver title belt aims to achieve.
While the rules and regulations covering WBC Interim championships are very clear and state that they can only be approved when a champion is inactive for six months or lomger due to legal or medical problems. However, the WBC notes that "the demand for these interim title fights is too large" due to problems facing the champion and the WBC believes this is something that must be eliminated.