Does The WBC Have Any Shame?

Mike Tyson And Roy Jones Will Be Fighting For The “WBC Frontline Battle Belt”

Mike Tyson v Roy Jones Jr promo
Mike Tyson v Roy Jones Jr promo

Mike Tyson And Roy Jones Will Be Fighting For The “WBC Frontline Battle Belt”

Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs) and former 4-division world champion Roy Jones Jr (66-9, 47 KOs) will step into the ring for an eight-round exhibition on November 28 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Now, when they do so, the two legends will be fighting for a “title”.

According to Ariel Helwani, the World Boxing Council has announced that Tyson and Jones will compete for the WBC Frontline Battle Belt. If your eyebrows are raised and asking the question ‘WBC Frontline what’, you are certainly not alone.

What in the world is the Frontline Battle Belt to begin with, and why would the WBC even do this? The sanctioning body is doing this as a clout chasing tactic to award the winner with a belt.

The problem is nobody asked for this. Both Tyson and Jones continue to hold notable popularity in the sport, and this is a Pay-Per-View event. However, keep in mind this still is an exhibition. Under no circumstances should the winner of an exhibition be given any king “title belt”!

Now truth be told, most folks will not care. Their focus and intrigue are that two legends of the sport in their 50’s (Tyson is 54, Jones is 51) stepping in the ring to face each other. What the WBC is doing here is both farcical and outright laughable.

It is bad enough the sanctioning body has fans and pundits scratching their heads in confusion with their creation of the WBC Franchise Belt. Now you have them creating a “Battle Belt” out of thin air. The WBC needs to act better than this.

By: Michael Wilson Jr.

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