WBC exploring new idea to shake-up heavyweight division

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The World Boxing Council have announced that the organisation are considering splitting their Heavyweight class in two - creating a new Super-Heavyweight division.

"We will ask the World Boxing Council's medical team to do a study on the weight of heavyweight fighters," WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said, as per Boxing Scene.

"There are some who weigh 210 pounds and there are others that exceed 250 pounds, and that's a world of difference. But we will inquire about how fighters are doing with such a difference of weight."

Any change to the current format would see the 200lb cruiserweight limit retained, with the exploration being over any potential upper limit. The WBC did stress that any decision over the reform would take at least six months to implement, however.

The organisation has a history of revolutionising the division, too, as it was the first organisation to recognise cruiserweight. Created in the 70's, Cruiserweight worked along very similar ideas - to allow smaller Heavyweights the chance to face fighters their own size.

How this will affect the heavyweight division remains to be seen. Current WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder fights at roughly 225lbs, which sounds likely to be under a potential upper limit.

Anthony Joshua, the other dominant heavyweight around, fights at 250lbs, however. That weight would surely be considered Super Heavyweight - especially with that being the number mentioned by the WBC President.

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But until any potential change, Wilder remains the WBC's Heavyweight Champion, with him set to defend that title against mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne next month. That fight comes after the previous challenger Luis Ortiz was suspended for failing a drug test.

Joshua, on the other hand, faces his own mandatory challenger in Kubrat Pulev later this month.

Should both men retain their titles, talk of a Super Heavyweight division will face another obstacle - not getting in the way of an enormous unification fight that is very much on the cards.

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