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WBC Prez Reacts To Bridgerweight Backlash: This is Not a Fan Club!

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman has been blasted all over social media by fans and boxing experts alike - over his decision to create a new weight division called "bridgerweight."

The weight class would be situated between cruiserweight and heavyweight, with a division limit of 200-224.

The division's name was inspired by six-year-old Bridger Walker, who earlier this year risked his life to save his younger sister from a dog attack. Connecting a near tragedy to a weight division that will generate money for the WBC with sanctioning fees has also generated backlash from all corners of the world.

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Sulaiman is sticking to his guns and doesn't seem to care about the countless thousands who are boycotting the move.

"This is not a fan club where someone is looking to be popular. They are attacking something new without studying it, arguing that there would be more income [from sanctioning fees] and saying that this is the only reason [we created this division]," said Sulaiman.

"The heavyweight division cannot be touched, so an intermediate is created for that universe of boxers who could fight on even terms, to have a chance to win. A boxer under 215-220 pounds, who faces a good heavyweight, that is very complicated for them.

 "The current champions, Tyson Fury is over 270 pounds, Anthony Joshua at 255, they are at a high level with their muscle mass, their weight, but there is a universe of boxers between cruiser and heavyweight, who now can find opportunities to have fights of great interest.

"There are a lot of good fighters [that can compete at that weight class] and it's a great opportunity to see them without giving away a big advantage to someone who is 260-270 pounds. The study that we have done, over the course of many years, creates something interesting as a means of ensuring the safety of the fighters."

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Comment by NachoMan on 11-12-2020

[QUOTE=factsarenice;20879282]Just a matter of time before there is a interim, super and franchise version of that piece of crap. Sulaiman has no shame.[/QUOTE] Commemorated by the beautiful WBC Bridgerweight Huichol belt.

Comment by NachoMan on 11-12-2020

It hasn't occurred to them to just expand the range of the Cruiserweight class? This would make the Cruiserweight class deeper and more meaningful and interesting - something that is has never been. Of course, this really is mostly about…

Comment by vital1983 on 11-12-2020

Bridger of troubled water.

Comment by -Kev- on 11-12-2020

Like I said before, a weight class between CW and HW has been in need for a long time now. Ignoring weight disadvantages at HW because both fighters are “big and tall” os crazy. Weight advantages seems to disappear in…

Comment by TexasCowBoy on 11-12-2020

WeBeCorrupt (WBC) has made a new belt for deontayduckus wilderquackus...a participation trophy if you will....bunch of snowflakes ...melting under pressure the whole lot at PBC and Suleman

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