The World Boxing Council is discussing adding an 18th weight class to the roster to bridge the gap between cruiserweight and the ever-growing heavyweights.
Due to the current crop of champions being super-sized in the likes of Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, WBC chiefs have pitched the idea of a division above cruiserweight.
The WBC said in a statement that it’s very possible.
18th Boxing Division
Former WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew will lead a committee examining the possibility of a new weight division bridging the considerable gap between Cruiserweight and Heavyweight.
The suggested new division would span 200 to 225 pounds. It’s been proposed by Don Majeski on behalf of fighters who simply can’t put on that weight.
But it’s also a height issue. An increasing number of heavyweights are now proportionally gigantic.
Sometimes fifty pounds weight disparity is a bridge too far. Don’s study of 100 heavyweights shows that 33 weighed 225 pounds or less.
This proposal in no way affects the prestige of the heavyweight division, which will always be the zenith blue ribbon prize of sports.
In accepting the job of committee supremo, Tony Bellew praised WBC for being the first as a pioneer in the development and very evolution of boxing.
He said that after 225 pounds, fighters become giants. It’s impossible for prominent but not gigantic fighters to navigate around them.
If this eighteenth bridging weight division is adopted after study and expert consideration by the WBC’s Board of Governors, then there’s the consideration of name.
Don Majeski has suggested juggernaut weight; others have suggested dreadnought. It’s one bigger than Cruiserweight. Or perhaps….Bridgerweight.
This would honor the Hero of the WBC, young Bridger Walker. The youngster suffered severe injuries when saving his sister from a savage and sustained dog attack.
WBN believes super-cruiserweight would be a more fitting name for the division after a super-heavyweight division was ruled out.
Heavyweight must stay as ‘heavyweight’ to keep the prestige of the division. Therefore, super-cruiserweight seems the most logical choice.
The only other alternative might be to rename light-heavyweight as ‘light-cruiserweight.’ Then, the new division could be known as light-heavyweight at 200 – 225 pounds.