10 procedures launched by the WBC in addition to the brand new bridgerweight division
- REDUCTION OF 15-ROUNDERS
Following the loss of life of Deuk Koo Kim throughout a bout with Ray Mancini in 1983, the WBC handed a rule that acknowledged the utmost distance for championship bouts can be 12 rounds.
- WEIGH-IN AT LEAST 24 HOURS PRIOR
As a result of fears over boxers being weakened because of the weight-making course of, after which combating on the identical day as weighing-in, day earlier than weigh-ins had been launched.
- INTERMEDIATE WEIGHT CLASSES
The game as soon as had solely eight lessons however now it has 17 (effectively, 18 if you happen to embrace bridgerweight). The WBC launched a number of of the brand new divisions, most lately strawweight, super-middleweight and cruiserweight.
- THUMBLESS GLOVES
In 1983, Everlast created the primary thumbless glove and it was embraced by the WBC as a result of considerations about eye accidents occuring from ‘thumbing’. At the moment, the thumb a part of the glove is connected.
- DOPING TESTS
THe WBC had been among the many first to implement post-fight doping assessments and in 2016 they launched their Clear Boxing Programme that demanded that fighters wishing to be ranked had to join random testing.
Champions who retire whereas nonetheless holding the WBC title are normally granted ‘emeritus’ standing which implies ought to they arrive again they are going to routinely get a shot on the present champion. Vitali Klitschko [above] triggered this in 2008 when he returned to beat Samuel Peter.
- FOUR ROPES
It was not unusual for boxing rings to have solely three ropes however the WBC made it necessary for all rings staging championship bouts to consist of 4.
- DIAMOND CHAMPIONSHIP
A considerably nonsensical championship that seems when there’s a ‘historic’ combat in a division. Manny Pacquiao gained the primary one, within the welterweight division, when he defeated Miguel Cotto in 2009.
- WBC CARES
The organisation do substantial charity work with the WBC Cares, which since being based in 2006 has over 160 worldwide volunteers (their UK department is headed by Scott Welch).
- FRANCHISE CHAMPIONSHIP
The Franchise championship, which was launched to a lot derision in 2019, is a special to the Diamond, Silver, Interim titles and permits champions to maneuver between divisions, ignore necessary commitments and do just about no matter they please. In all probability greatest to not get us began on that…
Learn our interview with WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman right here