One of boxing’s biggest problems in gaining tracking with mainstream sports fans is the ridiculous state of its divisional champions. If one asked who the heavyweight champion is today, any number of names could accurately be returned, depending solely on which particular boxing rankings and championship organization one referenced at the time.
In short, these alphabet boxing organizations, the WBC, IBF, WBA and WBO, are killing boxing. So too are their little cousins, the minor alphabet groups (like the IBO and WBF) whose goal seems only to help further muddle the championship water.
It’s not really the fighter’s fault, but being complicit in such an absurdly terrible system does nothing to further the interests of the sport. Here are the most terrible divisional title claims, ranked by the following criteria: the titleholder’s overall ability, the status of legitimate inter-divisional competition and the situational shenanigans of the applicable sanctioning body that helped them grab (or keep) their title.