Earlier this year the WBC ran a fan voted competition to decide the best WBC champions in every weight. In total there were an astonishing 85,000 votes cast to declare the winners across the 17 weight divisions.
The winners, which we believe will be included in future WBC titles relevant to their weight divisions, included several Asian fights across various division, with that in mind we've decided to name those winners.
The Minimumweight division one of the winners here was obvious and is quite possibly the greatest ever fighter in the lower divisions whilst the other was one of the most important men actively working in Japanese boxing. The obvious winner was Ricardo "Finito" Lopez, one of the greatest Mexican fighters the other was Hideyuki Ohashi, the current chairman of "Ohashi Gym" and the president of the JPBA.
In the Light Flyweight division we find one of South Korea's greatest fighters in the form of Jung Koo Chang who is the co-winner alongside the excellent Humberto Gonzalez. Incidentally Chang twice beat Ohashi in defences of the WBC Light Flyweight title as he dominated the division throigh the 1980's before losing to Gonzalez at the end of the decade.
At Flyweight we get a very recent fighter in the form of Pongsaklek Wonjongkam who really controlled the division for much of the 00's. After winning the title in 2001 Pongsaklek was almost impossible to dethrone and he defended it against almost everyone who was anyone in the division until 2012 when he was upset by Sonny Boy Jaro. Although no currently active fighters were supposed to be chosen Wonjongkam has, to our knowledge, not yet retired.
The 115lb Super Flyweight division features a second Korean fighter with Sung Kil Moon being paired with Gilberto Roman. Moon held the title for less than 4 years but managed to defend it a remarkable 9 times including a victory over Roman. Although one of the last great Thai's Moon was nothing but excitement with a combination of aggression, power and toughness that saw him also winning the WBA Bantamweight title.
The Lightweight division, like many of the others, saw the winners being former rivals. One of the winners was Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez and the other was Russian-Australian Kostya Tszyu. Tszyu, who was partly Korean and partly Mongol as well as Russian, was one of the major names at the turn of the century and managed to unify the WBC title with both the WBA and IBF as he dominated the 140lb division until running into a determined Ricky Hatton in 2005 and retiring from active fighter.
(Image courtesy of WBC Boxing)
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!