But the question that I have been waiting for floored me as if I was hit by a baseball bat; it came out of nowhere as we were enjoying our lunch at Cheesecake Factory inside the Americana.” What’s up with all those belts,” asked Tatiana opening her huge blue eyes wide:” It seems like everybody is a champion these days.”
How do you explain sanctioning bodies and seemingly countless championship belts to a novice? Unlike football or basketball where there is only one organization that controls the sport, boxing has a very complicated structure that one needs a college degree in science to understand. It is sort of like Wild West; whoever is more powerful controls the sport.
“I‘ve been in the game for a while now,” said veteran cut man Tony Rivera, who has been in the corner of such ring greats as Roberto Duran and Marco Antonio Barrera:” There are too many belts. I don’t even know all the champions. Any body can get a stinking belt.”
How many belts are there? Good question.
There are four major international sanctioning bodies:
World Boxing Council or WBC
World Boxing Association WBA
World Boxing Organization WBO
International Boxing Federation IBF