THE Australian title has been held in low regard for the best part of a decade.
Despite the allure and prestige that surrounds with being called a national champion, most fighters are quick to win and the vacate the Australian championship, irrespective of division, due to the archaic regulations that forbid national titleholders from simultaneously holding regional titles.
This essentially means that aside from bragging rights, there is no career progression due to the lack of affiliation to any sanctioning body. However, this may change with the Australian National Boxing Federation (ANBF) launching a new initiative that will see Australian titleholders earn a potential world rating with both the IBF and WBC.
In a letter released by ANBF Director and respected official Derek Milham, the regulating body for the Australian title is looking to restore credibility to their storied belt by nominating their reigning titleholders for world rating consideration.
“I am very pleased to announce that as a part of our new initiative the WBC and IBF are working with the ANBF in terms of rating recommendations,” said Milham in a a press release issued by the ANBF.
“The ANBF have been given the opportunity by these leading world sanctioning bodies to recommend our Australian champions and contenders for world rating consideration. We are also in communication with the WBO on the very same agreement.”
“I am of the belief that if we can get into the situation of our leading contenders seeking the National title prior to taking on International competition they will be far better prepared to take the necessary step up.”
“With the ANBF being the long time recognised sanctioning body since 1965 in Australia we have developed long term relationships with the recognised and respected International bodies and we are looking forward to working further towards not only adding to the prestige of the Australian title but assisting our champions and contenders with International recognition.”
A plethora of Australia’s best have vacated their Australian title without making a defence. Recent examples of this include reigning WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn, former three division titleholder Anthony Mundine, Commonwealth bantamweight champion Andrew Moloney, Blake Caparello as well as unbeaten duo Lucas Browne and George Kambosos Jr.
Read the full press release: ANBF – World Rating Recognition January 2018
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