The meeting between three major boxing organizations concluded on Tuesday in Cancún, Mexico with agreements and common ground on many areas of importance to the sport of boxing.
Some of the topics Mauricio Sulaimán, Daryl Peoples and Gilberto Jesús Mendoza(Presidents of the WBC and IBF, and VicePresident of the WBA respectively) discussed included:
Standarization of INSTANT REPLAY procedures and guidelines
Standardizing anti-doping testing protocols and substances
General policies for world title unifications
Glove brands certification
Weigh-in aspects as the 30 and 7-days precaution process , official day before the fight weigh in and day-of-fight weigh in to monitor gained weight. Stablishing programs based on nutrition to educate trainers and boxers
Standardizing divisions’ names
Reciprocity on suspensions
Joining forces on retired fighters’ aid and funds
Joint force to address AIBA’s monopolistic attempts.
Proposal of a tournament between champions to determine a sole WORLD CHAMPION.
The meeting’s atmosphere was very positive and constructive. The leaders of the three organizations that attended the gathering all expressed their hope that the meeting set the groundwork for multilateral agreements on many areas of benefit to boxing and, above all, boxers. They agreed to appoint a committee to enhance the organizations’ communication and to address specific topics of discussion. Announcements on agreements will be forthcoming. The leaders of the WBC, IBF and WBA will meet again on September the 24th in Cancún.
The World Boxing Organization, the fourth recognized boxing world governing body did not attend the meeting.
When the three boxing organizations hold their next meeting on September 24 it may be a good idea to discuss why they choose to allow so many ‘interim’, ‘silver’, ‘super’ and ‘Emeritus’ titles to be fought for. Not only do they devalue genuine world titles but also confuse boxing fans.
June 25, 2014