By Sam Gregory: Boxing once again will be diminished even further when what used to be the cornerstone of boxing, the heavyweight division, will be hacked apart to add the new “Super heavyweight” division.
In recent years the heavyweight division in boxing has been reduced to a fragment of what it used to be in times as recent as the Ali, Foreman and Frazier era. Many of long time boxing fans biggest fear is going to happen, the creation of the “Super Heavyweight” division; yes money speaks and these days it seems like money is all that matters when the most cherished title in boxing, the heavyweight crown, will be diminished even further.
Adding a super heavyweight division to boxing is one of the items that will be on the agenda when members of the IBF, WBAW and WBC meet in Cancun, Mexico.
People in attendance at this meeting will be WBC president Jose’ Sulaiman, WBC executive secretary Mauricio Sulaiman, WBC legal advisor Gabriel Penagaricano, IBF president Marian Muhammad, IBF advisor Larry Hazzard, WBA executive vice-president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and WBAW ratings director Oliver Gomez.
Mendoza Jr said, “My expectation would be to continue with the good and close inter-organization relations for the benefit of boxing.” Mendoza also plans to address the main threats to world boxing, such as alternative sports, the economic crisis, and the lack of boxing figures as ambassadors to the sport.
The agenda at the meeting in Mexico will include:
1. Unification of titles
2. Inter-organizational classifications of box0ing
3. Working with local and national boxing commissions
4. Creation of the super heavyweight division
5. Proposed McCain legislation in the USA