WBA, WBC, IBF AND WBO PRESIDENTS UNITE


250 SPORTS SHORTS: WBA, WBC, IBF & WBO PRESIDENTS UNITE

Through Maloney L. Samaco
PhilBoxing.com
Sat 30 Oct 2021

Presidents Maurcio Sulaiman of the World Boxing Council (WBC), Gilberto Jesus Mendoza of the World Boxing Association (WBA), Daryl Peoples of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) meet are met Thursday at the WBO headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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They discussed several concerns and the role that each organization can contribute to improving sports boxing. Topics covered included better understanding in title unification fights, better rankings to bolster the power of the mandatory challengers, and a consistent procedure between the four bodies.

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“We have identified several areas on which we agree and others on which we will continue to work diligently,” proposed the four presidents in a joint statement as told to BoxingScene. “Our unified goal is a safer, stronger, healthier environment, [fairer] and more just the sport of boxing.

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For a long time now, multiple titlists in each weight division were a source of confusion, and a diluted selection from a pool of challengers who have the chance to fight for these titles. The WBA has generated the greatest disarray of these multifaceted titles with the squandering of the titles “Interim”, “World” and “Super”.

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These led to the bewilderment of three WBA title holders in an instant. Steps have been taken to reduce the number of sanctioned titlists, with the WBA ordering a series of popular title merge fights and mandatory title fights.

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The WBC caused confusion when creating the title “Franchise” in its lightweight division. He formed the 224-pound limit Bridgerweight division, which awarded its first champion Oscar Rivas on October 22. It is the only sanctioning organization to recognize this new weight division.

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The IBF are known for their incompetent mandatory challengers, often allowing the same contenders to climb to the top of the rankings for a title. Most of the time this resulted in inferior championship fights.

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The WBO had for some time an unsavory relationship with Premier Boxing Champions (PBC). But the WBO has been appreciated in 2021 in the games it has sanctioned. Lately, Top Rank’s Terence Crawford and former two-time PBC champion Shawn Porter agreed to offer this highly anticipated fight.

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“Today’s meeting has been very productive, including discussing a possible future agreement to find a standardized titles unification process,” the respective boxing officials said.

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“As independent sanctioning bodies, we will always have our autonomy, but we are working in unison to develop and strengthen the positive image of boxing around the world.”

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The World Boxing Association (WBA), formerly known as the National Boxing Association (NBA), is the oldest of the four organizations. It was founded in the United States in 1921 by 13 state representatives under the name NBA. In 1962 it changed its name due to the growing popularity of boxing around the world and admitted other countries.

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Gilberto Mendoza was president of the WBA from 1982 until his passing in 2016, and Gilberto Mendoza Jr. assumed the post of president. In the 1990s, the WBA moved its central offices from Panama City, Panama, to Caracas, Venezuela. But in January 2007, the WBA moved its offices to Panama.

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The World Boxing Council (WBC) was originally created by 11 countries, the United States, Argentina, United Kingdom, France, Mexico, Philippines, Panama, Chile, Peru, Venezuela and Brazil.

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They met in Mexico City on February 14, 1963, at the invitation of Adolfo López Mateos, then President of Mexico, to organize all the boxing commissions in the world to regulate the growing sport of boxing.

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The WBC now has 161 member countries. The current president of WBC is Mauricio Sulaiman. Its former presidents are Luis Spota and Ramon G. Velázquez of Mexico, Justiniano N. Montano Jr. of the Philippines and José Sulaiman of Mexico from 1975 until his death in 2014.

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The International Boxing Federation (IBF) was formed out of the United States Boxing Association (USBA). In 1983, at the annual WBA convention in Puerto Rico, Robert “Bobby” Lee, Sr., president of the USBA, lost his candidacy for president of the WBA against Gilberto Mendoza.

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Lee and several others withdrew from the convention after the election and created a third global organization, named USBA-International. It was later renamed the International Boxing Federation, based in New Jersey, where its main offices are located.

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The World Boxing Organization (WBO) was born after a group of Puerto Rican and Dominican businessmen broke up in 1988 at the WBA’s annual convention in Isla Margarita, Venezuela, over disputes over the rules to apply. The first president was Ramon Pina Acevedo of the Dominican Republic.

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The WBO then elected former light heavyweight world champion Jose Torres as president. Torres resigned in 1996, making Puerto Rican lawyer Francisco Valcarcel the president. Valcarcel has occupied the first place so far.

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Naoya Inoue, the current three-division WBA / IBF bantamweight champion, will fight in his native Japan for the first time since November 2019. The match will take place on December 14 against Aran Dipaen of Thailand (12-2, 11KO) at the Ryogoku Arena Kokugikan in Tokyo.

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Inoue (21-0, 18KO) won two straight knockout victories in Las Vegas, including a third-round stoppage by Michael Dasmarinas on June 19 at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. This was after a dominant seventh round knockout of top bantamweight contender Jason Moloney on October 31, 2020.

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Ja Morant, the 22-year-old Memphis Grizzlies point guard, leads the NBA with 30.4 points per game, with 7.8 assists and 5.4 rebounds and lifting the Grizzlies to a 3-2 start.

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On Thursday, Morant recorded a performance of 30 points, seven rebounds and five assists and handed Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors a 104-101 overtime loss, their first loss of the season.

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Talk n Text Tropang Giga won a 5 94-79 match on Friday to end a six-year drought and win the PBA Philippine Cup Championship at Don Honorio Ventura State University in Bacolor, Pampanga.

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They were victorious in a 4-1 streak and won all four games averaging 15.5 points. Rookie Mikey Williams received the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Final after averaging 27.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game in five games.

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