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WBC Prez Admits It's Difficult To Split Heavyweight Division in Two

By Miguel Rivera

Back in October, BoxingScene.com reported that the World Boxing Council (WBC) was planning to seriously explore the possibility of creating a new division - by splitting the heavyweight division in two - heavyweight and super heavyweight.

The WBC mapped out their plan to conduct a six month long study on the matter, to determine if they will move forward with a new weight division.

The immediate reaction was very negative - from fans, historians and fighters.

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WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman was expecting a lot of resistance to the potential move, but he also said that his organization would not be affected by any negative comments because the move was strictly being done for the health of the fighters.

"The reality is that obviously there are fights where the physical difference [in weight] becomes dangerous. In the cruiserweight division, the limit is 200 pounds and then there is no limit," Sulaiman stated last October.

"Recently the weight of the champions [at heavyweight] is 250 or 260 pounds and they fought with opponents who are about 205-210. I want to ask [the WBC's medical team] to do research on the side of medicine to collect data. We will conduct a weight study and perhaps establish the new division. We want boxers to be in the best position to protect their health."

Sulaiman's reasoning for the move was not enough - as there are numerous examples where bigger does not mean better.

There is a 34-pound weight difference (based on their most recent fights) between world champion Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua.

David Haye weighed 217 pounds when he challenged Nikolai Valuev, who weighed 316, for the WBA title. Even with a 99 pound weight difference, Haye not only won but he came close to stopping Valuev in the final round. Haye was also 210 when he scored knockouts over Audley Harrison at 253 and Dereck Chisora at 247.

A few months have now passed.

After some initial research on the matter, the WBC's leader now admits that it's going to be very difficult to start an entirely new division.

Based on the medical evidence obtained by the WBC's team, there is no clear cut evidence on exactly where the heavyweight limit should end and where the super heavyweight limit should start - nor is there enough evidence to prove that a fighter at 250 pounds would necessarily be more dangerous than a fighter at 230 or 210. 

"It is very difficult, medically, to determine the issue of weight. We have a lot of information, we are going to analyze it, but I feel that adding another division will be difficult," Sulaiman concluded.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by john l on 01-11-2018

There is NO need for another heavy div!The cruiser div is starting to get good ONLY because they KNOW they cannot compete with the heavys.Its still worth more to be a top 15 heavy then a cruiser champ but that's…

Comment by john l on 01-11-2018

Amen,hooya,thank god,holly lou ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by BrometheusBob. on 01-11-2018

I'm not against a super heavyweight division, but I think it should be part of an overall restructuring of the sport with a few less divisions.

Comment by KingAtom on 01-11-2018

I think the only change should be raising light heavyweight up to around 185

Comment by JuniorTorres720 on 01-11-2018

What if the only reason the WBC is looking to split the heavyweights is really to have another belt and get a quick buck out of it? I'm not saying that's the reason but we know how alphabet belts have…

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