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That sure is a lot of hardware.
WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO, NABO, NABF, IBO, NABC, NABA, Continental Americas, FECARBox.
Interim champion, super-champion, silver champion, gold champion, champion in recess.
This bout is for the interim WBC Continental Americas silver championship in recess.
The UFC? One champion per weight. And you always know who it is.
It has gotten to the point that boxing championships are largely meaningless. The biggest name fighters don't even seem to care about them anymore, often vacating them to make more meaningful fights.
Somehow, the sanctioning bodies, who are equally as corrupting, if not more so, than promoters have managed to ensure that every fighter who has ever stepped into the ring holds a title.
It's not bad enough that fans hardly have a clue who the real world champion is, since everyone holds some title, but then they come up with these ludicrous rankings and force fights to the public that are often lopsided and ridiculous.
Perfect example. Alexander Povetkin is the WBC "regular" champion. I guess that makes Vitali Klitschko the irregular champion? He only holds a title so the sanctioning bodies can charge both him and Vitali a fee to defend their belts. Otherwise it's completely meaningless.
To defend his farce of the belt, he was forced last month to defend against mandatory challenger, Hasim Rahman. Rahman who was nearly 40, badly out of shape, and hadn't won a fight of significance in more than a decade.
This type of nonsense kills the sport. The Ring Magazine has tried to rectify it by presenting one fighter per class as their champion.
It's time we make that the official, not just de facto, gauge of championship quality.