10 procedures launched by the WBC moreover the brand new bridgerweight division
- REDUCTION OF 15-ROUNDERS
Following the dying of Deuk Koo Kim throughout a bout with Ray Mancini in 1983, the WBC handed a rule that said the utmost distance for championship bouts can be 12 rounds.
- WEIGH-IN AT LEAST 24 HOURS PRIOR
Attributable to fears over boxers being weakened because of the weight-making course of, after which preventing 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 courses however now it has 17 (nicely, 18 should you 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 issues about eye accidents occuring from ‘thumbing’. Right now, the thumb a part of the glove is hooked up.
- DOPING TESTS
THe WBC had been among the many first to implement post-fight doping exams 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 often granted ‘emeritus’ standing which suggests ought to they arrive again they’ll mechanically 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’ struggle in a division. Manny Pacquiao received 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 unique 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…