Updated: Jan 19
Chapter Two The Sanctioning Bodies Take Over By the Nineteen Eighties, professional boxing was “governed” by four major sanctioning bodies; the World Boxing Association (WBA), the World Boxing Council (WBC), the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and the World Boxing Organization (WBO). From the beginning, these organizations have been steeped in controversy. I have taken a two-fold approach in my presentation of these bodies. I offer the “official” version as presented by each, and the “critic” version of each. As in most things we deal with in this world, there is some good in each of these, and some bad. Good: Seminars at conventions for judges and referees and cornermen. Even when you think you know everything, there is almost always something new to be learned. Bad: Multiple divisions and multiple champions in each division. It may be good for the boxers, but it is terrible for the fans trying to keep up with who’s who. As for this writer, I prefer the ratings and the recognized champions of The Ring Magazine. They have been doing it for 98 years. That is a long time to be rating fighters and they are pretty good at it. Yes, they make mistakes from time to time, but nobody is perfect and they are still the most honest and dependable ratings in all of boxing.