Are belts in boxing now worthless?

Discussion in 'World Boxing Forum' started by Shades of Hughie Fury, Nov 19, 2019.

  1. Shades of Hughie Fury

    Shades of Hughie Fury New Member banned Full Member

    Dec 15, 2017
    There are four championship belts per devision (IBF, WBO, WBA & WBC) not to mention all of the sub category belts now in existance such as:

    WBA ''regular'', interim titles, international titles, franchise championships (WBC), IBO and the WBF among other minor belts and special WBC titles (money belt, Mayan belt etc).

    With so many belts in existiance what is the value of being a ''champion'' when there can be/exisit multiple ''champions'' in the same division? Take into acccount the corruptness of some organisations and it could be argued that the belts mean nothing at all.
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  2. minemax

    minemax Boxing Addict Full Member

    Nov 10, 2017
    Not yet completely worthless but becoming worthless, yes.
  3. Robney

    Robney ᴻᴼ ᴸᴼᴻᴳᴲᴿ ᴲ۷ᴵᴸ Full Member

    Jan 18, 2010
    It's mostly a joke. Nowadays if you end your career without having won at least one of the many secondary belts your career is pretty much a bust.
  4. madballster

    madballster Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jul 21, 2009
    The belts in pro boxing have the same value as the WWE wrestling belts. Basically they show your designation of the respective sanctioning bodys chosen, protected money maker.
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  5. PernellSweetPea

    PernellSweetPea Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    they don't mean as much anymore. And the sport is watered down so. Boxing might never get to where it was, but it is still good.
  6. covetousjuice

    covetousjuice Putin did nothing wrong Full Member

    Apr 21, 2015
    The minor belts like the interims, WBA regulars, etc, mean absolutely nothing at all to me.

    IBO means nothing me.

    I generally recognize the boxer with the greatest fraction of the four bigger belts -- the WBO, WBA, IBF, and WBC belts -- as the true "champion." The boxers with lesser fractions of these four belts are at the borderline: important, but not true champions of their divisions. In other words, I only view unified champions as real champions.
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  7. destruction

    destruction Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Mar 26, 2009
    As more and more versions of the organisations titles are created, the more worthless holding one of those titles becomes.

    At the highest level (Canelo, Lomachenko, Inoue) where fighters are so good they can move up and down the weight classes. The belts are largely a side show.

    At everything below the highest level, belts mean alot to the fighters. But less to the fans than they have ever done.
  8. ashishwarrior

    ashishwarrior Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Apr 19, 2010
    I no longer pay them any mind
    Its the competitive fights that intrest me and only that
    Hence im not that interested in boxing at the moment
  9. Simon Head

    Simon Head Member Full Member

    Jan 31, 2017
    Yes completely worthless, I don’t know why everyone is not in agreement on this.

    Whoever is number one on Boxrec or ring magazine is champion, everyone else is just a contender.

    I know ring and Boxrec do not agree right now, Andy Ruiz is the real champion and the man to beat, everyone else is just another boxer that has not made it yet.
  10. BoxingDialogue

    BoxingDialogue Well-Known Member Full Member

    Apr 26, 2019
    The only belt I thought was worth anything at one point was the Ring Magazine belt until about 2012.
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  11. The Professor

    The Professor Socialist Ring Leader Staff Member

    Sep 29, 2008
  12. C.J.

    C.J. Boxings Living Legend revered & respected by all Full Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    The Ring mag belt has absolutely no credibility these days. The day Oscar took it over & fired all the good writers it became a laughing stock
  13. Mr Icaman

    Mr Icaman 32-0 WBC Champ, Ring + Lineal HW Champ Full Member

    Aug 31, 2015
    Unless its the BMF (UFC) belt the rest are pretty much useless...
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  14. Tramell

    Tramell Hypocrites Love to Pray & Be Seen. Mathew 6:5 Full Member

    Sep 21, 2012
    They have always been worthless dating back to the WBA's origin which was the NBA.
  15. DanielDimov

    DanielDimov Jabbing all night Full Member

    Feb 2, 2015
    Honestly I don't even make effort to remember nowadays who holds what.