Ex-IBF bantamweight ruler Jamie McDonnell has been handed the chance to win a second ‘world’ crown in front of 80,000 people at Wembley Stadium.
McDonnell will face experienced Thai fighter Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat for the WBA ‘regular’ bantamweight title on the Carl Froch vs George Groves undercard on May 31.
Advertisements will inform you this is a legitimate world title clash; a smokescreen for the casual boxing fans. It represents yet another affair where world boxing associations and promotional companies chip away the dignity of boxing.
Have any casual fans heard of Anselmo Moreno? Probably not. He is the WBA ‘super’ champion, i.e the top dog in the WBA bantamweight division. One thing is for sure, you are unlikely to hear Eddie Hearn mention the Panamanian.
As with the other wretched governing bodies, there are two or sometimes even three world champions in a single weight class.
How we yearn for the days of one world champion in each division. In no other sport are such actions commonplace or even acceptable. Imagine having three different Premier League champions? It may sound ludicrous but boxing governing bodies and promoters embrace it, taking advantage of casual fans in the process.
World champion is a buzz phrase synonymous with certain attributes: tough; skilful; dangerous, to name but a few. Above everything else, a world champion is supposed to be just that – outstanding from others, head and shoulders above their counterparts.
With Moreno the WBA bantamweight ruler, how on earth could McDonnell claim to be a world champion, knowing he is inferior to Moreno (at least on paper – they have never fought).
The WBA are selling their soul and significantly damaging the credibility of boxing. As for Matchroom, in this instance, they are wholeheartedly guilty too. Often we hear promoters ramble on about expanding boxing and appealing it to the masses, yet they take advantage of situations where a governing body will create a multitude of world championship belts in exchange for sanctioning fees. It is boxing politics at its rudderless worst.
These latest actions are deplorable but far from a first occurrence. Scott Quigg plays second fiddle to Guillermo Rigondeaux and Carl Froch’s WBA super middleweight strap is ‘regular’, behind Andre Ward’s ‘super’ belt. How on earth did boxing get into this mess?
Even worse is the disrespect shown to the true champions. Hearn and Quigg quiver at the thought of ever facing Rigondeaux and barely acknowledge him as a prospective opponent, yet Matchroom still have the arrogance to parade Quigg around like he’s the undisputed 122lbs ruler.
This is no personal tirade against boxers themselves, absolutely not. But situations like these are a dishonesty to boxing and its hardcore fans.
Good luck to Jamie McDonnell on May 31, but Matchroom should put him in with Anselmo Moreno before parading him round as a world champion. Though we all know the exact opposite will happen.
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