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“A New Weight Division So That Wilder Can Become a Champion”: Fans Have a Field Day as WBA Introduces a New Weight Division

“A New Weight Division So That Wilder Can Become a Champion”: Fans Have a Field Day as WBA Introduces a New Weight Division

In a surprising twist that has sent shockwaves through the boxing community, the World Boxing Association (WBA) has officially unveiled its latest addition to the ring – the ‘super cruiserweight’ division, covering the weight range of 200 to 224lbs. The announcement has fueled another heated debate among fans and experts as to the necessity of a new weight class in boxing.

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Boxing enthusiasts are expressing discontent as the WBA follows the WBC in introducing yet another weight class. The WBC previously unveiled the ‘bridgerweight’ division (200-224lbs), aiming to bridge the gap between the cruiserweight division (200lbs limit) and the weight limit-less heavyweight division. Will this new belt mean any changes in the game?

WBA Joins WBC in Introducing New Weight Classes

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The WBA has now announced its own version, the ‘super-cruiserweight’ division, with a title up for grabs within the 200-224lbs range. The decision, as stated in their release, is to position this division between cruiserweight and heavyweight.

This move responds to concerns about fighters with substantial weight advantages, like Anthony Joshua exceeding 250lbs and Tyson Fury often surpassing 270lbs, while technically sharing the same weight class as fighters like Oleksandr Usyk and Deontay Wilder, who regularly weigh around or under 220lbs.

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Fan Backlash: Resistance to Additional Weight Classes

Amidst an already complex landscape of governing bodies, belts, and eighteen weight classes, fans are expressing resistance to further additions. Since the decision was announced, fans have been giving their two cents about the new update. One fan remarked, “Just what boxing needed, another weight class.” A fan commented, Basically, they introduce a new weight division so that Wilder can become a champion again.”

Another fan voiced frustration, suggesting a motive of financial gain, stating, “I’ve no interest in the money-grabbing crooks creating weight divisions or silly belts so they can line their pockets.” A fan pointed out the apparent contradiction in the WBA’s recent efforts to simplify the sport by eliminating ‘regular’ titles, stating, “The WBA got rid of the regular world titles to reduce belts then add a completely new division. Makes sense when you want to tidy things up.”

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One fan expressed frustration, stating, “Let’s dilute boxing with another weight and more belts. Wow. Just what everyone wanted! Another weight division and another ‘World Champion’ belt.” This sentiment reflects a broader concern among fans that the proliferation of weight classes may indeed water down the prestige of being a world champion.

While the idea of introducing a new division around the 200lb mark isn’t inherently objectionable, skeptics argue that such significant changes should be the result of a unanimous decision among boxing bodies. The lack of consensus raises concerns about the potential fragmentation of the sport, with each organization seemingly doing its own thing.

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