THE World Boxing Council (WBC) are considering the addition of an 18th weight class.
Chiefs are looking for a way to narrow the gap between the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions.
There is a growing feeling that heavyweight champions are increasingly resembling giant adonises like Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury – and that potential champions in the 200lbs to 225lbs category are missing out.
World Boxing News report that British boxing legend Tony Bellew will “lead a committee” investigating the potential of a new 18th weight class, with a name yet to be determined.
The new division has been proposed by Don Majeski, on behalf of fighters that just can’t put on the weight.
Bellew, 37, appears to be the perfect man for the job – having fought in both divisions during his illustrious career.
Oleksandr Usyk, who defeated Bellew in his final bout, is one fighter that may interest the committee – having stepped up to heavyweight from undisputed cruiserweight champion in the last few years.
The Ukrainian is WBO mandatory challenger at heavyweight level and is expected to finally face Joshua before the end of the year.
Many fans online appear less than impressed by the news, however.
One wrote: “If 175 is still light heavyweight limit, I would have 220 the start of heavyweight then there would be one at 190 and another at 205.
That would be way fairer on athletes of that size.”
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Another added: “@TonyBellew Do the right thing, buddy. Close the committee down. The last thing a convoluted sport needs is more divisions and more champions…”
A third scathingly wrote: “Lol. What are they going to call it heavy cruiserweight? This is ridiculous. Is the WBC hurting that much for saving fees?”
Another frustrated fan said: “More WBC gold! the cruiser weight division has enough problems with not Bein able getting the money or fighters involved that It’ll now have to compete with a super cruiser division & there’s also talk of a weight class between Light Heavyweight & Cruiser weight so even worse?!”