Boxing history

Why does boxing have so many world championships? (Part 1)

Sometimes when you watch professional boxing, you will see both boxers when the upper station is introduced as the current world champion. The only difference lies in the championship belt they hold. Why is that?

If football is under the supreme administration of a governing body, the World Football Federation, or FIFA, boxing does not have such a unity. The sport has up to four major associations, which are widely recognized and all have their competition system, through which they will award their championship belts.

The world professional boxing has 4 largest federations

Specifically, currently, the world professional boxing has 4 largest federations, namely WBC (World Boxing Council), WBO (World Boxing Organization), WBA (Hiep World Boxing Association, and IBF (International Boxing Federation).

To learn about these real fish fighting pants, it is necessary to go back to the beginning of professional boxing, that is, the 1920s of the last century. At that time, the bloody matches of this sport were beginning to become a gold mine for many organizers.

Confederations, committees, or boxing associations, therefore, mushroomed after the rain with the sole purpose of creating their championship belts, to create an attraction for the fights due to I organize.

However, in the 1960s, the two federations WBA and WBC were the most successful, surpassing other boxing organizations to become two world-class federations, recognized by the global boxing village as the main organization of the sport.

Boxer Anthony Joshua has acquired all four world championships

With the effective management and organization of WBA and WBC competitions, World Boxing is increasingly becoming a money-making business. But also because 2 world-class organizations are living together well, the consequence is that more people want to be part of the lucrative piece of boxing called boxing.

Because a professional boxing match only takes place quickly, and can even end after 1-2 minutes if any puncher gets knocked out early, plus the huge revenue comes mainly in matches. World Championship title competition, so the need to organize top matches always flourished.

Therefore, in the ’80s, two more boxing federations appeared, IBF (founded in 1983) and WBO (founded in 1988) that rose to share the leading role of the boxing world, making the emergence of New championship belt. And so, there are currently four world-class federations sharing a piece of cake worth billions of dollars of professional boxing.


Joshua accepted to lose a championship title to fight Fury

Anthony Joshua, a boxer who holds three WBA, WBO and IBF championships, wants to fight Tyson Fury in 2020, instead of attending belt battles.

Joshua currently holds three of the four major boxing belts, including WBA Super, IBF and WBO. In 2020, he is supposed to protect the IBF belt against Kubrat Pulev, and the WBO belt against Oleksandr Usyk. If fighting both matches, the goal of fighting Fury this year is unlikely to be realized.

The organization of the All-England match still faces a barrier from Fury, as the boxer may have to fight a third battle with Deontay Wilder, if the American boxer activates this provision within the next month.

In mid-2018, Gennady Golovkin was stripped of the middleweightweight IBF for not agreeing to a title defense match, because he was busy with Canelo Alvarez. Later, Canelo himself was deprived of this IBF belt in mid-2019.

Absolute champions began to be mentioned in the late 1980s, with Mike Tyson among the first champions to acquire the three WBA, WBC and IBF belts in the middle of 1987. By 1988, the WBO was established. It took 20 years for the remaining three organizations to be recognized as one of the four major titles of boxing.

The concept of absolute champion is now understood as a boxer who acquires all four WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO belts. Around 2004 WBO coined the names unified champion (boxers won two of the four major champions), undisputed champions (won three belts), and super champions (all four belts). However, this division has not been agreed upon by the remaining organizations.

A boxer, if stripped but not due to losing, is still called the absolute champion. In 2000, Lennox Lewis was stripped of the WBA belt for not attending the organization’s title match. However, he was still called the absolute champion until April 2001, when losing to Hasim Rahman.