According to World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman, his new weight class idea has been inspired by six-year-old Bridger Walker, who suffered injuries while risking his life to protect his younger sister from a vicious dog.
Despite the overwhelming public opinion that there are way too many weight divisions and way too many world titles, Sulaiman and WBC believe the sport would be served better with adding another weight division and more world titles.
The sanctioning body has decided to establish a new weight class called "Bridger" - named after the previously mentioned six-year-old.
The weight class will be situated between cruiserweight and heavyweight - with a weight class limit cap of 200-224-pounds.
Sulaiman attempts to justify this move by claiming that heavyweights have grown to be much bigger in the last 10 years.
He points out numerous champions in the 21st century, discussing how much the champions have grown in weight when compared to the prior century - but he selectively neglected to mention champions like Evander Holyfield, who often weighed 210-217, or Chris Byrd, who weighed 211-215, Roy Jones, who won his title weighing 193, or more recently Alexander Povetkin, who weighed 224 for his KO of Whyte and 222 for his fight with Anthony Joshua. There are numerous other examples like Deontay Wilder, who weighed under 220 for some of his biggest fights.
"We have decided to create a new division inspired by the hero of humanity, just six years old, who saved the life of his little sister," Sulaiman told the Herald of Mexico.
"10 years ago the WBC decided to move the limit of the cruiserweight division from 190 to 200 pounds, considering the weight of the athletes, since they have undoubtedly grown in an extremely impressive way. The highest division, heavyweight, means the highest glory, as the world champion in this category has been traditionally recognized as the most important athlete in the world, the invincible one, the gladiator.
"We have decided to create a new division called Bridger, as it is the bridge necessary to serve the large number of boxers who are between 200 and 224-pounds. This name is inspired by that hero of humanity, that six-year-old boy who heroically saved his four-year-old sister from an attack by a wild dog during the pandemic; yes, this new division is inspired by Bridger Walker."