Have you ever wondered why MMA is slowly overtaking Boxing for contact sports? MMA though has many branches or governing bodies but there is only one recognizable belt held for every champion the UFC belt. Boxing has started way before MMA was created but with the controversies and politics surrounding the sport MMA is slowly etching ahead with fans shifting to UFC fights rather than HBO boxing.
Boxing has grown into a lot of governing bodies thus creating multiple champions in every weight class. The hierarchy is like a Picasso and seems it’s likely to stay that way.
WBC, WBO, IBF and WBA are legit governing bodies in boxing but there are more joining the bandwagon like NABF, WBU, IBO, WBF, IBF-USBA, PABA and ABC to name a few. Imagine how many fighters are perceived champion in every governing bodies mentioned even Ring Magazine has its own belt also.
So what’s the catch with all the sanctioning bodies? It’s simple… Money… Imagine paying sanctioning fees for every championship match…
That’s why fighters sometimes fight with no belts on the line. It cuts an ample amount of money from the boxers and could save more from boxing promoters.
The need to fight for a legit belt needs to be done to ensure a brighter prospect and earn recognition but with the recent blunder some sanctioning bodies made some fighters now are more choosy about whom and who they are fighting Thus creating a bigger Vacuum for good and entertaining fights.
The Banal-Concepcion fight was recognize as a WBA super flyweight championship fight with Cristian Mijares elevated as the super champion status after dethroning Alexander Munoz. After Concepcion’s victory against Banal WBA declared Concepcion as the interim champion and still has to fight the Dec.15 Nashiro-Kono winner which is now the regular WBA super flyweight championship fight. So to sum it all there would be one super champion, one interim and another regular champion. In less than a year WBA has created 3 champions in a same weight category. I tried to understand the logic here but there’s only one answer I could think of… Sanctioning fee… Every championship fight WBA collects a hefty sum of $20,000 so with 3 championship fights they could earn $60,000 in cold cash.
After an eliminator fight against Darchinyan and Gorres for IBF super flyweight championship. Gorres salvage a Draw but since Darchinyan is ahead in ranking he was given a championship fight against Kirilov. Naturally after Darchinyan’s 5th round victory Gorres is next in line but instead IBF decided to held another eliminator and this time Gorres has to faced Arce or who’s next in rank. So fighting a title Gorres has to undergo two eliminator fights.
Is it fair? Is it logical? Is it worth it? Boxing’s governing bodies has made boxing a complicated sport. They should put it on mind that they don’t put their lives on the line in every fight. They should think more about the fighters ware fell and not rob them deep in their pockets. Its still not too late for change but with MMA rapidly growing fan based it wont be too long before boxing’s popularity fades. Blame it on the rain or better yet blame it on boxing’s ABC blunders.
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