WBC PRESS RELEASE: All Africa World Championships
WBC announces its “All Africa World Championships”December 4,
Amongst the many projects of the World Boxing Council for 2005, one of
them stands out for its important implications: the brand new “All Africa World C
hampionships”. These titles could be inaugurated with the fight between ex
world superfeather champ Floyd Mayweather, of USA, and Puerto Rican Henry
Bruseles on January 22. This bout will be also a final elimination to find the
official challenger to the current world superlight champion, Canadian Arturo Gatti.
Mayweather is 27 and undefeated in 32 bouts (21 by KO); Bruseles is 24 and
with 21 wins (13 by KO), 2 defeats and 1 tie.
The WBC deems that the new
championships will be considered among the most popular titles by all fans
world-wide, given the fact that nowadays bright fighters of African descent are
dominating the boxing scene on every continent.
Participants in these championships
could be selected among boxers of African descent, regardless of where they were
born or live. Boxers living in Africa, regardless of their race will also be
Had such titles existed in the past, many bright boxers of African
descent would have participated, like Jack Johnson, Joe Gans, Joe Louis, Sugar
Ray Robinson, Henry Armstrong, Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Ray
Leonard, Tommy Hearns, Marvin Hagler, and some of the current champions and world
rated fighters like Bernard Hopkins, Ronald Wright and Cory Spinks, among
others. Current world champions of African descent will be excluded from these
titles in order to give opportunities to promising prospects.
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