3. World Boxing Council
Which boxing organizations are corrupt? The answer to that is pretty much all of them, but the WBC tends to have the most complaints thrown their way, with the WBA and IBF coming in close behind. Allegations of making up #1 contenders out of thin air, pitting their top draws against mediocre mandatory challengers, and allegations of blackmailing fighters and their management have all been made against the WBC.
In 1998 Roy Jones Jr., after having vacated his WBC light heavyweight title, reconsidered and decided he wanted to be champion again. The only problem was that Graciano Rocchigiani had already won the vacant title by defeating Michael Nunn.
In their infinite wisdom the WBC decided to handle the situation by informing Rocchigiani that he was not the champion, that he had never been the champion, and that Roy Jones Jr. was still the title holder. Rocchigiani sued them but the WBC threatened to file for bankruptcy, which would have ended their existence and prevented Roccigiani from getting any money from them. Finally in 2004 the two sides came to terms on a settlement and the WBC would stay in business, for better or for worse.
In 2011 WBC middleweight diamond belt champion Sergio Martinez relinquished his title after publicly stating the WBC is corrupt and allowing middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. get away with fighting lesser opponents.
Too many examples of this kind of corruption from the WBA exists to mention them all. Perhaps Rocchigiani shouldn’t have settled.
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