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* The '''World Boxing Council''' (WBC) was formed in 1963 and is based in Mexico.
 
* The '''World Boxing Council''' (WBC) was formed in 1963 and is based in Mexico.
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| align="center" | Cruiserweight || align="center" | [[Krzysztof Wlodarczyk]] || align="center" | 2010 May 15 || align="center" | [[WBC Cruiserweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Cruiserweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
 
| align="center" | Cruiserweight || align="center" | [[Krzysztof Wlodarczyk]] || align="center" | 2010 May 15 || align="center" | [[WBC Cruiserweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Cruiserweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
 
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| align="center" | Light Heavyweight || align="center" | [[Bernard Hopkins]] || align="center" | 2011 May 21 || align="center" | [[WBC Light Heavyweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Light Heavyweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
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| align="center" | Light Heavyweight || align="center" | [[Chad Dawson]] || align="center" | 2012 Apr 28 || align="center" | [[WBC Light Heavyweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Light Heavyweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
 
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| align="center" | Super Middleweight || align="center" | [[Andre Ward]] || align="center" | 2011 Dec 17 || align="center" | [[WBC Super Middleweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Super Middleweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
 
| align="center" | Super Middleweight || align="center" | [[Andre Ward]] || align="center" | 2011 Dec 17 || align="center" | [[WBC Super Middleweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Super Middleweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
 
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| align="center" | Middleweight || align="center" | [[Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.]] || align="center" | 2011 Jun 4 || align="center" | [[WBC Middleweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Middleweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
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| align="center" | Middleweight || align="center" | [[Sergio Gabriel Martinez]] || align="center" | 2012 Sep 15 || align="center" | [[WBC Middleweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Middleweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
 
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| align="center" | Super Welterweight || align="center" | [[Saul Alvarez]] || align="center" | 2011 Mar 5 || align="center" | [[WBC Light Middleweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Light Middleweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
 
| align="center" | Super Welterweight || align="center" | [[Saul Alvarez]] || align="center" | 2011 Mar 5 || align="center" | [[WBC Light Middleweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Light Middleweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
 
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| align="center" | Welterweight || align="center" | [[Victor Ortiz (of California)|Victor Ortiz]] || align="center" | 2011 Apr 16 || align="center" | [[WBC Welterweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Welterweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
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| align="center" | Welterweight || align="center" | [[Floyd Mayweather Jr.]] || align="center" | 2011 Sep 17 || align="center" | [[WBC Welterweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Welterweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
 
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| align="center" | Super Lightweight || align="center" | [[Timothy Bradley]] || align="center" | 2011 Jan 29 || align="center" | [[WBC Light Welterweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Light Welterweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
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| align="center" | Super Lightweight || align="center" | [[Danny Garcia]] || align="center" | 2012 Mar 24 || align="center" | [[WBC Light Welterweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Light Welterweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
 
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| align="center" | Lightweight || align="center" | [[Antonio DeMarco]] || align="center" | 2011 Oct 15 || align="center" | [[WBC Lightweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Lightweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
 
| align="center" | Lightweight || align="center" | [[Antonio DeMarco]] || align="center" | 2011 Oct 15 || align="center" | [[WBC Lightweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Lightweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
 
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| align="center" | Super Featherweight || align="center" | [[Takahiro Aoh]] || align="center" | 2010 Nov 26 || align="center" | [[WBC Super Featherweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Super Featherweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
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| align="center" | Super Featherweight || align="center" | [[Gamaliel Diaz]] || align="center" |2012 Oct 27 || align="center" | [[WBC Super Featherweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Super Featherweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
 
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| align="center" | Featherweight || align="center" | [[Elio Rojas]] (in Recess)|| align="center" | 2009 Jul 14 || align="center" | [[WBC Featherweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Featherweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
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| align="center" | Featherweight || align="center" | [[Daniel Ponce de Leon]] || align="center" | 2012 Sep 15 || align="center" | [[WBC Featherweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Featherweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
 
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| align="center" | Super Bantamweight || align="center" | [[Toshiaki Nishioka]] || align="center" | 2008 Dec || align="center" | [[WBC Super Bantamweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Super Bantamweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
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| align="center" | Super Bantamweight || align="center" | [[Abner Mares]] || align="center" | 2012 Apr 21 || align="center" | [[WBC Super Bantamweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Super Bantamweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
 
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| align="center" | Bantamweight || align="center" | [[Shinsuke Yamanaka]] || align="center" | 2011 Nov 6 || align="center" | [[WBC Bantamweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Bantamweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
 
| align="center" | Bantamweight || align="center" | [[Shinsuke Yamanaka]] || align="center" | 2011 Nov 6 || align="center" | [[WBC Bantamweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Bantamweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
 
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| align="center" | Super Flyweight || align="center" | [[Suriyan Por Chokchai]] || align="center" | 2011 Aug 19 || align="center" | [[WBC Super Flyweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Super Flyweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
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| align="center" | Super Flyweight || align="center" | [[Yota Sato]] || align="center" | 2012 Mar 27 || align="center" | [[WBC Super Flyweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Super Flyweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
 
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| align="center" | Flyweight || align="center" | [[Pongsaklek Wonjongkam]] || align="center" | 2010 Mar 27 || align="center" | [[WBC Flyweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Flyweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
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| align="center" | Flyweight || align="center" | [[Toshiyuki Igarashi]] || align="center" | 2012 Jul 16 || align="center" | [[WBC Flyweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Flyweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
 
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| align="center" | Light Flyweight || align="center" | [[Kompayak Porpramook ]] || align="center" | 2011 Dec 23 || align="center" | [[WBC Light Flyweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Light Flyweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
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| align="center" | Light Flyweight || align="center" | [[Adrian Hernandez ]] || align="center" | 2012 Oct 6 || align="center" | [[WBC Light Flyweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Light Flyweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
 
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| align="center" | Strawweight || align="center" | [[Kazuto Ioka]] || align="center" | 2011 Feb 11 || align="center" | [[WBC Minimumweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Minimumweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
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| align="center" | Strawweight || align="center" | Vacant || align="center" | — || align="center" | [[WBC Minimumweight Champion|Title Lineage]] || align="center" | [[WBC Minimumweight Title Fights|Title Fights]]  
 
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==History==
 
==History==
The [[World Boxing Council]] was initially established by 11 countries: the United States, Argentina, United Kingdom, France, Mexico, Philippines, Panama, Chile, Peru, Venezuela and Brazil plus Puerto Rico, met in Mexico City on February 14, 1963, upon invitation of the then President of Mexico, Adolfo López Mateos, to form an international boxing organization that would achieve the unity of all commissions of the world to control the expansion of boxing.
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The World Boxing Council was initially established by 11 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, France, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Venezuela. They met in Mexico City on February 14, 1963, upon the invitation of the President of Mexico, Adolfo López Mateos, to form an international boxing organization that would achieve the unity of all commissions of the world to control the expansion of boxing.  
  
The groups that historically had recognized several boxers as champions included the New York State Athletic Commission, the [[National Boxing Association]], the [[European Boxing Union]] and the [[British Boxing Board of Control]] but these groups for the most part lacked the all-encompassing "international" status they boasted of.
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The WBC was bankrolled mainly by [[George Parnassus]], a California promoter. Parnassus, who loaded his shows with Mexican and Mexican-American fighters of the lighter weight divisions, was tired of seeing his star attractions ignored by the pro-U.S. rating systems.  
  
The WBC is one of four major organizations recognized by IBHOF which sanction world championship boxing bouts, alongside the [[IBF]], [[WBA]] and [[WBO]].
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The groups that historically had recognized boxers as champions included the [[New York State Athletic Commission]], the [[National Boxing Association]], the [[European Boxing Union]] and the [[British Boxing Board of Control]], but these groups, for the most part, lacked the all-encompassing "international" status they boasted of.
  
==Affiliated organizations==
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The WBC is one of four major sanctioning bodies recognized by the [[International Boxing Hall of Fame]], along with the [[WBA]], [[IBF]] and [[WBO]].
*World Boxing Council Muay Thai (WBC Muay Thai)
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*[[Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation]] (OPBF)
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==The Near Demise of the WBC==
*[[North American Boxing Federation]] (NABF)  
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In early 1998, [[Roy Jones Jr.]] announced that he was relinquishing his WBC light heavyweight title to fight as a heavyweight. In response, the organization ordered a bout between German contender [[Graciano Rocchigiani]] and former two-division champion [[Michael Nunn]] to fill the vacancy, sanctioning it as a world championship match.
*[[European Boxing Union]] (EBU)  
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On March 21, 1998, Rocchigiani won the fight and a WBC belt: in the subsequent WBC rankings, he was listed as "Light Heavyweight World Champion." Jones, however, had a change of heart and asked if the WBC would reinstate him as the champion. In a move that violated nearly a dozen of its own regulations, the WBC granted the reinstatement. Rocchigiani received a letter from the WBC advising that the publishing of his name as champion was a typographical error, and he had never really been the official titleholder.
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Rocchigiani immediately filed a lawsuit against the WBC in a U.S. federal court, claiming that the organization's actions both were contrary to their own rules and injurious to his earning potential (due to diminished professional stature). On May 7, 2003, the judge ruled in Rocchigiani's favor, awarding him $30 million (U.S.) in damages and reinstating him as a former WBC champion (Rocchigiani had lost a bout since his WBC title match).
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The following day, the WBC sought protection by filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (i.e., corporate debt restructuring) in Puerto Rico. The organization then spent the next 13 months attempting to negotiate a six-figure settlement with Rocchigiani, but Rocchigiani did not at first accept.
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On June 11, 2004, the WBC announced it would enter Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation (i.e., business closing and total asset sell-off) proceedings, effectively ending its existence. This action prompted some in the boxing community to plead with Rocchigiani to settle the dispute, which he did in July 2004. Both sides agreed not to reveal terms of the settlement.
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==Affiliated Organizations==
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*African Boxing Union (ABU)
 
*Asian Boxing Council (ABCO)
 
*Asian Boxing Council (ABCO)
*African Boxing Union (ABU)  
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*[[Baltic Sea Championship]] (WBC Baltic)
 
*[[Caribbean Boxing Federation]] (CABOFE)  
 
*[[Caribbean Boxing Federation]] (CABOFE)  
 
*Central American Boxing Federation (FECARBOX)  
 
*Central American Boxing Federation (FECARBOX)  
 
*[[CIS and Slovenian Boxing Bureau]] (CISBB)  
 
*[[CIS and Slovenian Boxing Bureau]] (CISBB)  
*South American Boxing Federation (FESUBOX)
 
 
*[[Eurasian Boxing Council]] (EBC)
 
*[[Eurasian Boxing Council]] (EBC)
*[[Baltic Sea Championship]] (WBC Baltic)
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*[[European Boxing Union]] (EBU)
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*[[North American Boxing Federation]] (NABF)
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*[[Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation]] (OPBF)
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*South American Boxing Federation (FESUBOX)
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*World Boxing Council Muay Thai (WBC Muay Thai)
  
  

Revision as of 16:26, 27 October 2012

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CURRENT TITLE HOLDERS
Weight Class Champion Date Won Title Lineage Title Fights
Heavyweight Vitali Klitschko 2008 Oct 11 Title Lineage Title Fights
Cruiserweight Krzysztof Wlodarczyk 2010 May 15 Title Lineage Title Fights
Light Heavyweight Chad Dawson 2012 Apr 28 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Middleweight Andre Ward 2011 Dec 17 Title Lineage Title Fights
Middleweight Sergio Gabriel Martinez 2012 Sep 15 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Welterweight Saul Alvarez 2011 Mar 5 Title Lineage Title Fights
Welterweight Floyd Mayweather Jr. 2011 Sep 17 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Lightweight Danny Garcia 2012 Mar 24 Title Lineage Title Fights
Lightweight Antonio DeMarco 2011 Oct 15 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Featherweight Gamaliel Diaz 2012 Oct 27 Title Lineage Title Fights
Featherweight Daniel Ponce de Leon 2012 Sep 15 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Bantamweight Abner Mares 2012 Apr 21 Title Lineage Title Fights
Bantamweight Shinsuke Yamanaka 2011 Nov 6 Title Lineage Title Fights
Super Flyweight Yota Sato 2012 Mar 27 Title Lineage Title Fights
Flyweight Toshiyuki Igarashi 2012 Jul 16 Title Lineage Title Fights
Light Flyweight Adrian Hernandez 2012 Oct 6 Title Lineage Title Fights
Strawweight Vacant Title Lineage Title Fights

History

The World Boxing Council was initially established by 11 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, France, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Venezuela. They met in Mexico City on February 14, 1963, upon the invitation of the President of Mexico, Adolfo López Mateos, to form an international boxing organization that would achieve the unity of all commissions of the world to control the expansion of boxing.

The WBC was bankrolled mainly by George Parnassus, a California promoter. Parnassus, who loaded his shows with Mexican and Mexican-American fighters of the lighter weight divisions, was tired of seeing his star attractions ignored by the pro-U.S. rating systems.

The groups that historically had recognized boxers as champions included the New York State Athletic Commission, the National Boxing Association, the European Boxing Union and the British Boxing Board of Control, but these groups, for the most part, lacked the all-encompassing "international" status they boasted of.

The WBC is one of four major sanctioning bodies recognized by the International Boxing Hall of Fame, along with the WBA, IBF and WBO.

The Near Demise of the WBC

In early 1998, Roy Jones Jr. announced that he was relinquishing his WBC light heavyweight title to fight as a heavyweight. In response, the organization ordered a bout between German contender Graciano Rocchigiani and former two-division champion Michael Nunn to fill the vacancy, sanctioning it as a world championship match.

On March 21, 1998, Rocchigiani won the fight and a WBC belt: in the subsequent WBC rankings, he was listed as "Light Heavyweight World Champion." Jones, however, had a change of heart and asked if the WBC would reinstate him as the champion. In a move that violated nearly a dozen of its own regulations, the WBC granted the reinstatement. Rocchigiani received a letter from the WBC advising that the publishing of his name as champion was a typographical error, and he had never really been the official titleholder.

Rocchigiani immediately filed a lawsuit against the WBC in a U.S. federal court, claiming that the organization's actions both were contrary to their own rules and injurious to his earning potential (due to diminished professional stature). On May 7, 2003, the judge ruled in Rocchigiani's favor, awarding him $30 million (U.S.) in damages and reinstating him as a former WBC champion (Rocchigiani had lost a bout since his WBC title match).

The following day, the WBC sought protection by filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (i.e., corporate debt restructuring) in Puerto Rico. The organization then spent the next 13 months attempting to negotiate a six-figure settlement with Rocchigiani, but Rocchigiani did not at first accept.

On June 11, 2004, the WBC announced it would enter Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation (i.e., business closing and total asset sell-off) proceedings, effectively ending its existence. This action prompted some in the boxing community to plead with Rocchigiani to settle the dispute, which he did in July 2004. Both sides agreed not to reveal terms of the settlement.

Affiliated Organizations