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May 25th
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What if your “super champion” is called such because he owns the WBA and IBF belts.  Then, the IBF strips him (which happens a lot).  Is he still a super champion?  What if you’ve already crowned a “regular” champion in his absence?  Does that guy get stripped, or demoted to “interim”?  What if you already have a super champion, and your regular champion also unifies with another belt holder?  Do you now have 2 super champions?  Would you still crown yet a 3rd “regular” champion?  Are any of these champions mandated to ever fight each other?  What about Chris John and Yuriorkis Gamboa?  Are they ever going to be forced to fight?  And if Gamboa was the most recent one to unify, why is he not the super champion?  What about Felix Sturm?  I don’t recall him unifying at all.

Timothy Bradley and Sergio Martinez are “emeritus” champions, correct?  Therefore, they may come back whenever, no matter what is going on the division, and challenge your current WBC champion for their belt.  What about the new regular belt-holder’s mandatory?  Is he still next in line for the winner?  Does he fight for a “silver” title?  If so, is he still in line, or does this consolation prize belt mean the champions are exempt from fighting them?  What the hell is a “diamond” belt?  If you are a Mexican with a star name or billing, are you just handed a WBC belt for your lineage?

Is there any circumstance for which a champion may be temporarily exempt from a mandatory?  Or do you just strip your new champion every six months, regardless of what kind of better offers they receive?  Are unified champions ever given a chance to defend against the other sanctioning body’s mandatory?  If not, why even bother allowing unifications?  Bravo to allowing Wladimir Klitschko to get away with it for this long, but we have a feeling the useless mandatory you’re about to saddle him with, will put an end to all of that.  Clock is ticking on Amir Khan’s new belt, too.


Do you ever force a champion to face the interim champion?  Do you ever force a champion to face any mandatories for that matter?  I recall Naseem Hamed ducking Juan Manuel Marquez for years.  When do you schedule eliminators?  Is it every year, other year, 5 years?

Just looking to clear up any confusion… or should I say tons of confusion.

Chris Strait

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