QUOTE (Cshel86 @ Jul 7 2014, 02:39 PM)
Get tha F outta here Jack! For real??? I had no idea that they hung on to a fighter's words, corcerns, etc. As you mentioned, Lewis didn't come up with it, but who would've known that a fighter's complaints would cause that type of shift in the organizations rules. Look at me, acting like sanctioning body rules actually matter, Lol
As I remember,
Lewis wanted more time for champs with multiple belts to defend. The WBA said, "Fine." They grant something like you can have 18 months between their mandatories if you are defending more than one belt. But you can't wait more than 27 months to fight a WBA #1 contender during that time, as a unified belt holder.
If you just hold the WBA title, you are expected to defend it at least once a year. The stupid part is the WBA said, "Lennox's idea allows more time for united belt holders, but we can't have our #1 and #2 guys wait for 18 months (or more.) while a unified champion, "does his thing." (Their words, not mine.) So they created the regular championship belt for the #1 contender and the winner of who he chooses to fight." The whole mess could have been solved by just having the #1 guy fight an "elimination" fight. like at least once a year. Than fight the unified belt holder when his time comes. But don't give a belt to contenders and call it a championship!
Worse, is that neither Chegnev or Oquendo are contenders, certainly not Oquendo. Only reason the fight was close, is that both guys sucked so bad that it was a fight with "even level sucking." The IBF and WBO don't do Super or Regular Belts. The WBC kind of doesn't. They just call fights between the #1 and #2 (or top designated contenders) for the "Silver Title." Their "Diamond Belt" has no rules for title defenses or sanctioning fees. It's commemorative only, giving to two top fighters who engage in a big superfight for their division at the discretion of the WBC Board of Governors.