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Promoter Eddie Hearn Hopes To Have One Champion Per Weight Division In Boxing ~Omonaijablog

Boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn

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One of boxing's most controversial elements is its 'system' of multiple champions in each division, according to whether they hold their title(s) in the World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Council (WBC), International Boxing Federation (IBF) or The Ring.


Anthony Joshua

Eddie Hearn, one of the most powerful promoters in boxing today, is hoping to see a unification across the organisations which will see only one champion per division – as is the case in the mixed martial arts series Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) where only one person holds an undisputed title in each of its eight men’s divisions and four women’s weight classes.


"We do [have too many belts]. That's a given. It's not good for boxing at all,” Hearn explained. “You look at the UFC model, which we're all very envious of, which is one promotional company, if you like, and one belt. That's where I want to get to in boxing. It's going to take a lot of work, but we're putting a blueprint together for that and it's something we're going to be pushing hard for in 2021 as we continue to expand.”


UFC president Dana White said recently that Zuffa Boxing is close to being announced. White, who is in business together with former world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a yet-to-be-announced partnership, said that the boxing model is “broken” and the “whole thing needs to be changed.”


Dana White

Hearn, for the most part agrees: “What we do have to understand is that belts do matter. These governing bodies are steeped in history ... so we can't forget that. The [WBC] Franchise situation, for me, was a terrible move for the WBC, and I love [WBC president] Mauricio Sulaiman. He's a friend of mine, but I just have to be honest.


"The problem with [the Franchise title] is that [Franchise champions] are the untouchables. We can't have that many barriers to greatness ... You have to give these young fighters and lions the opportunity to try and achieve greatness by chasing guys down. Mandatories are a pain for big champions. We need competitive mandatories. I wish sometimes Anthony Joshua didn't have to have a mandatory.”


Joshua is looking to unify the heavyweight division for undisputed status against the WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal heavyweight crown holder in fellow British boxer Tyson Fury, with the British pair hopefully meeting in 2021.


“I really want the Joshua versus Fury fight to be for the undisputed title,” said Hearn. “I've seen comments from their side saying the belts aren't important. The belts are important, and they are important for Anthony Joshua. He hasn't accumulated these belts and sanctioning fees over the years to just throw them away. The dream is to be undisputed.”


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