I actually believe that the WBC does a good job creating an awareness of fighter safety, fitness, nutrition, and research. They have very strong worldwide support in these areas. Most of the negativity exists from American mainstream media like Ring Magazine, Max Kellerman, and HBO. But this negativity has not been transcended to other countries. (The British Boxing Board of Control love them.) The WBC also created a very strong presence for Mexican boxers and gave them worldwide recognition outside of their own countries. Yes, they are Mexican based, but this is an example illustrating the importance of creating and maintaining and international awareness for boxing on the world level. The WBC's dedication to fighter safety is right up there along with the British Boxing Board of Control and the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Unlike the IBF, whom I think is horrible, and the WBA which is not anywhere as receptive to communication as the WBC, Maurico Sulaiman has always taken the time to answer any of my concerns and questions. He has been very helpful. The WBC's conventions bring out the very best boxing people from all over the world who are very dedicated to the sport. Arther Mercante Sr, one of the premiere referees of his generation, has had nothing but praise for the WBC and considers them like "family."
Yes there are problems with some of the ratins and I hate their new optional open scoring crap that seems ready to be heaped once and for all to the garbage bin. (At least in the USA and Great Britain, it already has.) And the political influence of Arum and King manipulating the ratings has always been there. But that's with any boxing federation because the high power promoters always have the financial advantage and influence to control the ratings. Sometimes that's good, because King and Arum have the power to negotiate with the sanctioning bodies to get the big fights and unifications matches made that people want to see. Less experienced promoters who don't have that level of international boxing relations may not have the knowledge to get things done.
Boxing is an international sport and could not receive the recognition that it needs without worldwide exposure. Having a monopoly for boxing such as federal regulation would be horrible. One well-known fighter dies or gets hurt under one government regulator and it's bring out the head-gear, 2 minute rounds, and a 10 round bout maximum distance. Ring Magazine used to have good ratings 20 years ago. Ever since they named Vitali Klitschko heavyweight champion based on a LOSING effort to Lennox Lewis and a win over "Corrie Sanders?" I said "no mas" to Ring. They lost whatever respect they used to have. Don King bribed the Ring officials so badly in the mid 70's to get his fighters into the ABC boxing tournament that their ratings became laughable. How long before Delahoya's Golden Boy Promotions, who now owns Ring, has boxers under their wings getting the same behind the scenes preferential treatment? Let's just bring in Jim Lampley as Ring Magazine's rating chair who's in bed with Delahoya and any other fighter under HBO's contract. You would have Delahoya promoted fighters favored just as bad as King's were in his scandalous 1970's boxing tournament.
There's no easy fix for boxing's problems, and David Haye at #6 at heavyweight by the WBC is not that bad of a call. The reason is, the heavyweight division is so bad that I can't really think of 5 better guys ahead of him. Now David Tua, who's best was 10 years ago may be in line for title contention. But that is more the pathetic state of this division. The federations have to rate 30 fighters each month, but it's getting so hard to find any talent, that the "top 5" are really the best of the worst smelling pile of shit. The IBF puts vacancies in their contender list, which is also crap. But when you can't find a top 5, no organization can come up with good ratings for heavyweights because after anybody's #5, it's all crap. I don't care what set of ratings you follow.