Would you like to be bridgerweight world champion?

We ask an expert panel what they think of the WBC introducing a new bridgerweight division

Anthony Crolla
Former WBA lightweight champion

I don’t agree with the division. If it gets established in time, but right now I didn’t think it was the move that boxing needed. It’s just more world titles. I don’t believe another weight division needed adding. It might get established in time but, right now, no.

Matthew Hatton
Former European champion

I think the gap between light-heavy and cruiserweight is too big. Maybe all the sanctioning bodies need to work out a solution. I’m not convinced the WBC have got it right. But it’s about the fights, I’m sure if you get a good fight for the world title there, no one will complain.

Paul Smith
World title challenger

I don’t like the new bridgerweight title and I don’t feel it has solved the problem which is between light-heavy and cruiser. Raising cruiser to 15 stone and adding a weight limit at 13.7 would have been more beneficial to fighters, in my opinion. It will certainly generate sanctioning fees though.

Chris McKenna
Boxing journalist

I’ve put on a few pounds but I’m not quite there yet! Seriously, the whole thing is a farce. But fighters will want to become a bridgerweight champ because promoters will use the belt the same way as they use interim and regular belts to con people into thinking fights mean more than they actually do.

Read our interview with WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman here

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