WBC Will Not Split Heavyweight Division

Even though the heavyweight division is one fight away from being unified for the first time in nearly two decades, the WBC almost split its heavyweight division.

Leading into 2018, World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman claimed they would explore splitting the heavyweight division and making a super heavyweight division for fighters over 240 pounds.

Now, with Deontay Wilder who fights between 214-229, staring down a confrontation with Anthony Joshua, who fights at 240 to 250 pounds, Sulaiman says the split won’t be happening.

“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.”



Original Story: Boxing Scene

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