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WBC Prez: We Won't Be Splitting Heavyweights - It's Untouchable

A few months ago, fans and historians were up in arms after World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman had mentioned that his organization would explore the idea of splitting the heavyweight division.

Sulaiman was looking a the idea of making a super heavyweight division - for boxers who were 240-pounds and beyond.

The sanctioning body was concerned with some of the heavyweight bouts where there is a huge difference in weight between the two combatants.

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Putting that plan into motion would create more harm than good. It would actually block a possible unification between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua - as Wilder usually weighs around 214 to 229 and Joshua is between 240 to 250.

After reviewing everything, Sulaiman says there is no way the split would happen for a variety of reasons.

"We started this pilot program where we analyzed [the idea from a] medical, psychological and statistical aspect. From the 70s and 80s there have been significant changes in the division, but after studying the results, it revealed that there are not enough fighters who could enter the super heavyweight division," Sulaiman told Alvaro Carrera.

"So I think that the name and heavyweight division itself will not change, it is untouchable. It's true that in some fights the difference of weight is great.. for example Luis Ortiz had 30 pounds over Wilder in his last bout, but it did not worry us. The size difference between a light heavyweight and a cruiserweight is where we see the greatest advantage."

With respect to the cruiserweight division, Sulaiman was very satisfied with the initiative of the World Boxing Super Series, which united the best eight fighters in the division for an elimination tournament.

"The cruiserweight category is a big division, but it has suffered by being in the shadow of the heavyweights since it was born. There are big fighters, but with greater physical ability than the heavyweights. It's a very competitive division and the World Boxing Super Series has shown it. The best thing that has happened to the category is going to the big unification between Usyk and Gassiev, that will be a historic fight," Sulaiman said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by _Rexy_ on 04-17-2018

[QUOTE=Dramacyde;18677015]The Cruiserweight division will always be one of the sh*ttiest divisions in the sport.[/QUOTE] CW has been a hell of a lot more exciting than HW the past couple years. [QUOTE=landotter;18678707]I would rather eliminate some divisions than add any, so…

Comment by landotter on 04-17-2018

I would rather eliminate some divisions than add any, so this is a welcome decision from the sanctioning fee hungry WBC. Glad public outcry and basic statistics ended this before this got even more convoluted

Comment by landotter on 04-17-2018

[QUOTE=Dramacyde;18677015]The Cruiserweight division will always be one of the sh*ttiest divisions in the sport.[/QUOTE] Sweet Mother, you are not up on boxing are you? CW has been and continues to be a deeper, more competitive division than HW by far…

Comment by german12johnson on 04-17-2018

Cruiserweight are scared to fight at their real weight

Comment by JcLazyX210 on 04-16-2018

[QUOTE=Dramacyde;18677015]The Cruiserweight division will always be one of the sh*ttiest divisions in the sport.[/QUOTE] So do you think we should get ride of it ?

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