More boxing sanctions in Canada?

MURRAY GREIG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:55 AM ET

Canadian boxing needs another sanctioning body like Mike Tyson needs another earlobe hors d'oeuvre.

The Canadian Professional Boxing Council (CPBC) -- which ceased to be a relevant organization around the time John Diefenbaker was prime minister -- was recently resurrected in New Brunswick and has begun issuing monthly ratings to the national media.

The aim, of course, is to provide an alternative for fighters, managers and promoters who might be unhappy with the way the established Canadian Boxing Federation (CBF) conducts business.

More "national" titles. Perhaps an opportunity to create instant "contenders" out of fringe pugs who might otherwise have to beat somebody ahead of them in the CBF ratings.

Then there are those pesky fees that promoters will inevitably be forced to pony up for everything from cheap championship belts to bogus "sanctioning approval."

"It's another case of a bunch of wannabes trying to make themselves feel important," says Glen Carriere, president of Edmonton-based KO Boxing and one of the country's pre-eminent promoters for the past 20-plus years.

"Unfortunately, this happens too often in boxing. Once these people get a little notoriety or some neophyte makes the mistake of taking them seriously, all of sudden they think they're God's gift to the sport. It's a joke."

Carriere has had his share of disputes with the CBF over the years, but he sees no rhyme or reason in further fragmenting the national ratings system by having the re-born CPBC prosper as a rival.

"The Canadian Boxing Federation is what it is -- a national sanctioning body with an established tradition of overseeing Canadian title fights," he said.

"That's their mandate, and that's what they're good at. Where I have a problem is when the CBF or any other sanctioning organization suddenly holds itself up as a regulatory body.

"The last thing we need is for the CPBC, or whatever the hell they call themselves, to start spouting the same thing. All they'll succeed in doing is diluting the value of Canadian championships and pissing off the fans who pay the freight."

Carriere is correct, of course.

The CBF is far from perfect, but at the very least it has brought a sense of order and continuity to the pro game in the Great White North far longer than any of its imitators.

We don't need another band of busybodies cluttering and confusing the national ratings system. There's enough of that already, thank you very much.

Kudos to the WBC

It's not often the World Boxing Council comes up with a good idea, but this is one of them.

The WBC this week announced a new weigh-in procedure aimed at protecting the often forgotten prelim fighters on championship cards. A supervised weight check for four- and six-round fighters 15 days prior to their bout is intended to curtail drastic 11th-hour efforts to shed excess pounds.

"Fifteen days before a big card is usually about the time promoters sign fighters for four- and six-rounders," said WBC president Jose Sulaiman. "Nobody knows if they're in good shape, if they're training or not. They just go to the weigh-in the night before and then fight -- often after having to lose a lot of weight in a very short period. That's when accidents can happen."

Sulaiman said a permissable percentage above the contracted weight 15 days prior to fighting will be established by medical experts and announced at the WBC convention in South Korea in November.


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