WBC adds new 200-224 pound weight division called Bridgerweight

Jun 6, 2013
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How fricking stupid.

I thought they were considering adding a "Super HW" division, which actually had SOME merits. This is beyond stupid. It ruins the entire history of the HW division.
I imagine it will die a fairly quick death.

If not, then screw the WBC.
 

DB Cooper

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How fricking stupid.

I thought they were considering adding a "Super HW" division, which actually had SOME merits. This is beyond stupid. It ruins the entire history of the HW division.
I imagine it will die a fairly quick death.

If not, then screw the WBC.
Or will the other sanctioning bodies simply jump on board for the additional sanctioning fees looking them in the face?
 
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I find this rather arrogant of the WBC, it doesn't sound as if they've bothered inviting anyone else to the discussions that led to this unilateral decision. This move coud backfire on them, we might have to return to a 3 belt era where this time you can become undisputed without the WBC belt, that way they can do what they like and the rest of us can keep up with what matters.
 
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A shotgun needs to be involved in this situation. Someone is getting too big for their britches. How many more created divisions we need?
 
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The problem with this is take Gassiev and Kudryashov for an example they both look like they come in the ring at 220lbs, Kudryashov looks likes 225+ in the ring hes huge

So if big guys can hydrate 20lbs it just means Heavyweights will drain 20lbs to make 224 then rehydrate to nearly 250 so the division just means now HW's can drain

It just means heavyweights who dont want to drain or are over 250lbs cant make the weight but you know there is some boxers that will try to do it just to have a size advantage

So someone like Usyk would come in at 217 but then someone like Whyte could drain come in at 224 then hydrate 20lbs to make 244 (if hes in better shape) but the weight is still not an advantage thats the whole fun of the heavyweight division everything has advantages and disadvantages
 
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So WBC are moving the Cruiserweight division to 190lbs so wouldnt it make sense to make the new division between 210-215? A 34lbs weight gap this makes no sense

 
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So WBC are moving the Cruiserweight division to 190lbs so wouldnt it make sense to make the new division between 210-215? A 34lbs weight gap this makes no sense

Hold on so there's going to be a weight range which is not covered at all? If they're lowering Cruiser to 190 and Bridger starts from 200 (according to the article) then what of someone who weighs 195?

It's nonsense anyway because the minimum weight limit isn't ever enforced, we've never had a fighter unable to fight for the belt because he weighed in under the limit nor was he forced to put on a few pounds and re-weigh in, Alen Babic recently weighed in under the heavyweight minimum for his fight as did his opponent but it was still sanctioned as a heavyweight contest. The big problem is when it comes to unifications, if the WBA don't follow suit then their Cruiserweight champ won't be able to unify with the WBC's by the looks of it
 
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Wasn’t Tony Bellew involved in this?

Sounds like he was just pushing the WBC to crest a division that would work for him to have success. He couldn’t or didn’t want to make Cruiser but was to small to pick a heavyweight belt up.

If it stands I expect that Wilder will find his new home as Bridgerweight champion
 
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I guess I'm the only one that likes the idea.

Multiple divisions gives more fighters a chance at becoming a Champion. It's been a long time coming get ready for some exciting fights, well conditioned, and determined big men. Less fat and sloppy HWs and leaner big men sounds great to me.

The problem with boxing is not the weight divisions it's the best fighters aren't fighting each other. Too much emphasis is put on a perfect record and most undefeated fighters are scared to let that 0 go! The best in the world avoid each other, free tv fights and even PPVs are mismatches and have shit undercards. In the UFC you get even matchups from top to bottom on cards. No padding of records and fights that are a waste of our time. The UFC has been kicking the shit outta boxing this year due to covid protocol and keeping the show going. Even Clarissa Shields went with Dana White because boxing promotion sucks ass compared to his.
 
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How fricking stupid.

I thought they were considering adding a "Super HW" division, which actually had SOME merits. This is beyond stupid. It ruins the entire history of the HW division.
I imagine it will die a fairly quick death.

If not, then screw the WBC.
What are you complaining about? :lol:

The WBC just created another division which in turn makes 225+ the "Super Heavyweight Division".

The entire history from the HW division is in no way ruined gtfo with that nonsense.
 

Duo

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I guess I'm the only one that likes the idea.

Multiple divisions gives more fighters a chance at becoming a Champion. It's been a long time coming get ready for some exciting fights, well conditioned, and determined big men. Less fat and sloppy HWs and leaner big men sounds great to me.

The problem with boxing is not the weight divisions it's the best fighters aren't fighting each other. Too much emphasis is put on a perfect record and most undefeated fighters are scared to let that 0 go! The best in the world avoid each other, free tv fights and even PPVs are mismatches and have shit undercards. In the UFC you get even matchups from top to bottom on cards. No padding of records and fights that are a waste of our time. The UFC has been kicking the shit outta boxing this year due to covid protocol and keeping the show going. Even Clarissa Shields went with Dana White because boxing promotion sucks ass compared to his.
Restore the Championship Distance, and you will see far fewer fat and sloppy HWs. It was after the Championship Distance was abolished that weights skyrocketed.

Actually, I wouldn't mind seeing 25 round bouts return, although title bouts should be for 15 rounds.

However, boxing's never coming back. The continuity with the classic Queensberry Championship Distance era is long since broken.
 
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Jun 6, 2013
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What are you complaining about? :lol:

The WBC just created another division which in turn makes 225+ the "Super Heavyweight Division".

The entire history from the HW division is in no way ruined gtfo with that nonsense.


What are you talking about? 200 - 224 just became "Bridgerweight," so 225+ is the new HW.
 
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It's been a long time coming get ready for some exciting fights, well conditioned, and determined big men. Less fat and sloppy HWs and leaner big men sounds great to me.

The problem with boxing is not the weight divisions it's the best fighters aren't fighting each other. Too much emphasis is put on a perfect record and most undefeated fighters are scared to let that 0 go!
You mean like the existing 200lbs weight limit? 6'2''-6'4'', generally trim, nimble and have pop.

The best have fought the best in the WBSS. 200 isn't broke. Expect "Bridgeweight" to be a dumping ground for fat cruiserweights and shitty heavies. Gassiev vs Usyk, Usyk vs Briedis, Briedis vs Dorticos, Gassiev vs Lebedev.

I'm as tall as most heavyweights, I make 200lbs every Friday. It's not that hard, it's a choice. I don't even buy that 6'2'' and 16 stone is too small either. Holyfield, Ibragimov, Povetkin, Byrd, Ruiz (heavier, but still). Povetkin KO-ing Whyte was a victory of boxing. Much like Ruiz JR in the first fight. Andy's counter and fast hands reminded casuals that you don't have to be 6'6'' and 250lbs to win.

I like the fighting tall and European style, but you're telling me a slick mover isn't going to give someone like Hrgovic a hard night's work?

While we are at it, let's not break 175 either.