The professional boxers entering the Olympic Games story and debate has taken a new, more concrete turn in direction today. The WBC (World Boxing Council) have come out in conclusive fashion in their stance on the matter, pertaining to any professional boxer who might be thinking about competing in the Olympics in the future: "Any professional boxer who participates in…
WBC Boot David Haye, Amir Khan and More Out Of Their Rankings
The WBC (World Boxing Council) earlier this year commenced the beginning of a process called the ‘Clean Boxing Program’ and are not pleased with some fighters in their ratings who have decided not to join it.
The program which began last May and is ran out of Las Vegas in conjunction with VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) is designed to clean up boxing and provide for random drug testing in the sport.
It is targeted at all the WBC professional boxing champions and also the top 15 ranked contenders in each respective weight division of the WBC rankings.
The October rankings are available for download now on the official WBC website and the organisation have said that any fighter who did not comply with the new program that started enrolling back in May, will be removed from these ratings.
After reading the new ratings today, we can confirm that David Haye does not appear in the new heavyweight rankings, as well as Amir Khan not appearing in them – along with a lot of other fighters (listed below).
Boxers David Haye and Amir Khan were amongst the most high profile names on the list – but there are many others who the WBC have named as not enrolling with the program on their website who have also been removed from their rankings:
This has been a firm line issued from the WBC to not include this many fighters from their latest rankings for failure to comply with the new ‘Clean Boxing Program’.
There are some other notable names in American boxing on the above list too, and it will be interesting to see what all the fighters’ and their teams’ responses will be to this news over the coming days.
The WBC are saying on their official website however, that boxers who have not complied yet still have 15 days to enter the new program through communicating with them via an authorised contact (their promoter or manager) to join the program, so perhaps we will see some of the above back in the WBC ratings by next month.
Article update: Amir Khan has now applied for the program:
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) October 12, 2016