Differences Between WBC, IBF, WBA and WBO?
To many fans, the difference between champions from the WBC, IBF, WBA and WBO is unclear. No boxing association ranks above all else to decide who truly is the World Champion. This contrasts with other sports like football that has FIFA, or men’s tennis that has the ATP. It comes down to every organization’s boxers trying to claim the top spot by declaring themselves to be the best.
The only thing left to do for a fighter to remove any doubt is to circumnavigate the different organizations and make a run by claiming all four belts. It’s therefore not unusual for a WBC champion to take on the WBO champion. This task means putting one’s belt on the line for the chance to claim their opponent’s, otherwise known as unifying the belts.
Particularly in the heavyweight division, finding an undisputed champion is a scarcity. In fact, in the last decade, we’ve only seen light welterweight boxer Terrence Crawford and cruiserweight Oleksander Uysk with this distinction. On the women’s side, middleweight Claressa Shields, welterweight Cecilia Brækhus and lightweight Katie Taylor can make this same boast.
Due to the promotional side of boxing, top boxers may not meet each other in the ring at the pinnacle of their prowess. The problem may be the result of top fighters holding out for the greatest deal, which may even result in the best boxers never getting to fight one another. We’ve seen examples of this in the past with Aaron Pryor versus Sugar Ray Leonard, Ike Quartey versus Felix Trinidad and Nigel Benn versus Roy Jones Jr. In the case of Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather, we saw a match of two great fighters who were probably past their peak ability.
Next up, we’ll introduce you to the world’s largest organizations, including the respective top boxers from each weight division. This will allow you to view the sport from the best angles, with an understanding that will put you in a position to maximize your sports bets.