The journey of a professional boxer through various different ranking systems is a long, tough and an unforgiving venture. Many boxers find themselves going up and down the rankings like a yo-yo, sometimes justifiably so, perhaps other times without obvious reason – and sometimes, without even throwing a single punch.
For the top ranked fighters in the WBO world rankings, their hard work can (on the rare occasion) temporarily be shelved, when it comes to reaching the dizzy heights of number 1, 2 or 3 in their weight category. This is because a Super Champion or former WBO champion in a lower weight class can be made mandatory in the division above.
The WBO are clear in their rules (click here for WBO regulations) that the highest ranked contender can be made mandatory – it would appear that having a Super Champion or former Champion status at a lower weight class is viewed more worthy than a top three ranking at the weight above.
With the recent news that Alexander Usyk will be made mandatory to the winner of the Joshua-Ruiz rematch (despite never having fought at Heavyweight), Ringside pose the question –
IS IT FAIR FOR THE CURRENT WBO CHAMPION AT SAID WEIGHT TO BE MADE MANDATORY IF MOVING UP A DIVISION?
Yes - A Super Champion moving up should always be given priority over ANY ranked fighter.
No - The number one ranked fight should be given the opportunity ahead of a Super Champion in a different weight class.
The WBO can act in any way that benefits them as an Organisation - they are not obligated to give a ranked fighter or a Super Champion a mandatory position in any set order.