Mauricio Suleiman: “Mandatory challengers are a challenge for champions with multiple belts – we must find a solution.”


As the head of one of the four leading organizations in boxing, WBC President Mauricio Suleiman is well aware of the need for reforms that will help the unified champions get into the ring in the first place against the very best opponents possible.

At the moment, there are 10 champions in boxing who own at least two belts from different organizations – Anthony Joshua, Saul Alvarez, Jermell Charlo, Errol Spence, Teofimo Lopez, Naoya Inoue, Arthur Beterbiev, Josh Taylor, Jose Ramirez and Murojon Akhmadaliev …

In a recent interview with, Suleiman admitted that fighting the mandatory challengers for the combined champions has become a real headache for all boxing organizations, and he has a definite solution.

“This is a very delicate and problematic situation. It’s quite complicated. Of course, there are some examples and mistakes, and we are trying to cope with this in the best possible way. This is a very important topic in our sport that deserves attention,” Suleiman said.

“We have pretty clear rules. We want to organize the best fights. And we yearn for the further development of this sport. I do not want to just try to foist the champion of his obligatory challenger, with whom he must fight. We are very flexible and conscious in our actions. Therefore, we are not let the mandatory challengers abuse their status.

I have had a discussion in the past – probably not as formal as I would like it to be – but I talked with other organizations about a certain concept, which is this: the moment we have a united champion, we have such a tournament between obligatory applicants from different organizations. Thanks to this, the champion will fight only one challenger, and not all in turn, which is holding back the development of our sport. “

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