By Joe Dwyer
The average boxing fan must wonder when trying to figure out the various ratings of the major sanctioning bodies, (IBF, WBA, WBC) just how these ratings come about. First and foremost for discussion is the recent activity of the fighters in question and their quality of the opposition. In fairness to those who do the ratings, and the myriad of statistics that they are reviewing, input from managers and promoters is needed and greatly appreciated. Competent managers and promoters are diligent in forwarding bout results to the various rating’s chairmen, as soon as possible after an event.
How is it that the ratings vary from one sanctioning body to the next? Well, managers and promoters tend to concentrate on having their boxers rated by a particular organization. They tend to choose a certain career path for their fighter, such as competing against XYZ rated boxers. This particular boxer then climbs through activity into the XYZ ratings. It is quite possible that the other organizations, seeing the concentration of activity within the XYZ, would not rate that boxer at the same level within their organization.
This is not unique to any one sanctioning body. Keep in mind that champions are only listed in the organization whose belt they hold. However hard they may try, those charged with producing ratings each month will always be subject to criticism by the casual boxing fan who is not privy to the many variables that exist in comprising such a list. Among the variables would be the quality of opposition the rated fighter has recently faced, as well as the caliber of opposition their opponent has recently fought.
The importance of managers and promoters forwarding information and bout results on a regular basis to the ratings chairman cannot be over emphasized. To do anything less is to shortchange your fighter.
Joe Dwyer spent six years in the amateurs, won the US Navy middleweight title and compiled a record of 57-2. He initially served in the New York State Athletic Commission as an Inspector and later Chief Inspector. After becoming a licensed boxing judge in 1995, he judged 30 title bouts. He was appointed Championship Chairman for the IBF in July 2000 by Hiawatha Knight, and later re-appointed to that position October 2001 by current IBF President Marian W. Muhammad.
Picture: IBF super-middleweight champion Sven Ottke with championship belt (AFP).