2022 was a memorable year for the WBC
The WBC governed over 73 world title fights in 2022
The World Boxing Council celebrated its 58th anniversary this year, having been founded on February 14, 1963 in Mexico City, with the assistance of representatives from eleven countries.
The first President was Britain’s Onslow Fane, who lasted only a few minutes, saying that he didn’t have sufficient time to devote to the demanding job. He was immediately succeeded by the Mexican Luis Spota.
Subsequently, the Filipino Justiniano Montano and the Mexicans Ramón G. Velázquez, José Sulaimán Chagnón and Mauricio Sulaimán Saldívar have occupied the WBC Presidency.
Mr. José Sulaimán took office in Tunis on December 5, 1975; and Mauricio, the current leader was voted president in Mexico City on February 11, 2014.
58 years after it was founded, the World Boxing Council is the most respected and influential body in boxing and, in this 2022, showed why they are at the forefront of the sport.
A great year for the WBC included:
– World title fights – 73 (49 men, 24 women)
– 43 cities from 20 countries held WBC world title fights
– 42 different promoters made WBC world title fights
– 25 television networks produced the main image that was reproduced on hundreds of television networks worldwide
– 154,000 tickets sold by Tyson Fury in his 2 fights in England defending his WBC heavyweight championship
– Canelo Alvarez won 88 million dollars in 2 fights, making him the highest paid athlete in the world
– 41 million dollars offered by Queensberry for the Fury vs. Whyte fight, becoming the record in all history in boxing purse bids.
– 14,299 people participated in the massive boxing class in the downtown of Mexico City, achieving a Guinness Record
– 335 events carried out by WBC Cares throughout the world giving joy and enthusiasm to those who need it most
– 515 anti-doping tests of the Clean Boxing Program were carried out worldwide
– 1683 delegates from 112 countries attended the 60th WBC convention in Acapulco, Guerrero
WBC World Champions
Heavyweight: Tyson Fury
Cruiserweight: Ilunga Makabu
Light-Heavyweight: Artur Beterbiev
Super-Middleweight: Saul Canelo Alvarez
Middleweight: Jermall Charlo
Super-Welterweight: Jermell Charlo
Welterweight: Errol Spence Jr.
Super-Lightweight: Regis Prograis
Lightweight: Devin Haney
Super-Featherweight: Shakur Stevenson
Featherweight: Rey Vargas
Super-Bantamweight: Stephen Fulton
Bantamweight: Naoya Inoue
Super-Flyweight: Juan Francisco Estrada
Flyweight: Julio Cesar Martinez
Light-Flyweight: Kenshiro Teraji