James DeGale among ten dropped by WBC for failure to enroll in CBP

📷 Chris Farina

In their monthly review coinciding with the release of the December Ratings, WBC chiefs have outlined the current situation regarding the Clean Boxing Program.

On the back of several warnings to boxer about signing up to the program, the WBC revealed a list of those removed from the rankings.

Among the higher-profile names are former world champions James DeGale, Tyron Zeuge and Umar Salamov.

DeGale is currently being linked to an all-UK clash with Chris Eubank Jr. in January, whilst Zeuge needs to rebuild following a loss to Rocky Fielding.

Salamov, who held the IBO title at 175 pounds, is also rated with the World Boxing Organization.

A statement this week said the following:

After allowing ample time to comply, with the Clean Boxing Program The World Boxing Council is obliged to remove boxers from December 2018 ratings, for failure to enroll.

The World Boxing Council’s groundbreaking Clean Boxing Program (CBP) requires every champion and each top 15 rated fighter to mandatorily enroll in the CBP by submitting specific forms to VADA.

Fighters must enroll within 3 months of entering the top 15 ranking, in consideration and respect of language, administrative and geographical factors.

Failure to enroll in the CBP within the established deadlines has resulted in boxers being taken off the WBC ratings. – World Boxing Council

The list of boxers per division who have been removed from the December 2018 WBC ratings for failure to enroll in the WBC CBP follows:

Light Heavyweight

10 Umar Salamov (Russia)


5 James DeGale (GB)

13 Tyron Zeuge (Germany)


14 Mark Heffron (GB)


8 Ricardo Núñez (Panamá)

12 Pablo Vicente (Cuba)


6 Satoshi Shimizu (Japan)


10 Thomas Patrick Ward (GB)


13 Alejandro Santiago (Mexico)


7 Sho Kimura (Japan)

Fighters who have been dropped are able to be reinstated should they sign up in future.

Others including Tony Yoka, Sergey Kuzmin, George Groves remain flagged as paperwork needs to be finalized shortly.