Cancun: The World Boxing Council (WBC) has unanimously agreed to create a boxer’s international passport containing a photo, medical information, the weight category and the fighter’s record by July next year.
At its annual convention, the WBC Board of Governors gave full backing to the proposal put forward by president Jose Sulaiman. There are 164 nations affiliated to the WBC.
“It will be a certificate of competency and medical safety, dealing a significant blow to the pirates of boxing who exploit boxers, by falsifying records, overmatching them and woefully underpaying,” Sulaiman said.
WBC international secretary Frank Quill said the lack of protection for boxers travelling to other countries needed to be rectified.
He gave the example of a promoter from Indonesia who had sent a boxer to Australia to fight with falsified documents. The fighter was diagnosed as HIV positive after authorities in Sydney conducted their own tests.
The WBC also agreed that from January 2012 it would not sanction any world title fight unless gloves conforming to new safety standards are used.
A study to be conducted by the board’s medical advisory board will investigate whether the material used should be leather or synthetic, the gloves’ distribution of weight, packing materials and how effectively they absorb sweat.