Following the ordering of mandatory championships leading to the purse bidding process, a number of titles in a variety of weight divisions have become vacant as champions and their teams decided these defences conflicted with their own plans for future progress.
Despite quite generous voluntary defence allowances, recognizing the practical and economic factors involved in promoting throughout the Commonwealth, the Board of Directors of the CBC remain committed to giving the best boxers in the Commonwealth their opportunity.
So Champions who wish to remain Champions must fulfil their mandatory defence requirements.
This has led to a flurry of year-end activity involving boxers not only from England and Scotland but Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Namibia, South Africa and Ghana
Nearly 20 years after Billy Irwin lost his Commonwealth Lightweight Championship to Ghana’s David Tetteh, not 1 but 2 Commonwealth Championships will be taking place in Canada on the same night.
On September 9th in Toronto, the vacant Cruiserweight Championship takes place. Meanwhile, in Vancouver in a historic first, the inaugural Commonwealth Women’s Featherweight Championship will be held.
In October, Canada’s Dillon Carman will be challenging Scotland’s Gary Cornish in Edinburgh for the Heavyweight Championship left vacant after Anthony Joshua won the IBF World Championship.
The first Commonwealth Championship to be held in Australia since Dominic Vea lost his Cruiserweight Title to New Zealand’s Shane Cameron in 2011, happens in Sydney for our vacant Welterweight Championship.
In November, it’s our vacant Super-middleweight Championship in Melbourne and in December, our vacant Superwelter Title in Newcastle West, New South Wales.