WBC President Insists Bridgerweight Division Will Be Positive For Boxing

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman believes the addition of the bridgerweight division will bring positivity to the sport of boxing.

Much has been made over the WBC’s plan to add a bridgerweight division. This weight class will be just below heavyweight and will be contested between 200 and 224 pounds. There is a super-cruiserweight division but only the IBA sanctioning body recognizes it.

During an interview with BoxingScene.com, Sulaiman said that he believes those who criticize the bridgerweight division need time to adjust.

“Resistance to change is human nature. Every change goes through a process and eventually is accepted and proven to have been the right course of action.”

Sulaiman continued, saying that the bridgerweight division will be a positive addition to the sport of boxing.

“As long as changes are implemented for the right reason—which in boxing is safety and growth—those will have a positive impact in our sport.”

The WBC recently released rankings for the bridgerweight division. Here’s how it looks.


WBC Bridgerweight Rankings

1. Oscar Rivas
2. Ryad Merhy
3. Kevin Lerena
4. Dmitry Kudryashov
5. Evgeny Romanov
6. Bryant Jennings
7. Artur Szpilka
8. Alen Babic
9. Joel Tambwe Djeko
10. Shigabudin Aliev
11. Marco Huck
12. Bilal Laggoune
13. Samuel Kadje
14. Rashid Kodzoev
15. Isaac Chamberlain

Many believed the bridgerweight division would get some notable buzz if former WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder competed in the weight class. While Wilder weighed 231 pounds for his rematch with Tyson Fury, he typically competed under 220 pounds. Wilder has shown no interest in fighting for the Bridgerweight Title.

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