Commonwealth Boxing Council

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Commonwealth Boxing Council
AbbreviationCBC
Formation
1954; 67 years ago (1954) (as The Empire and Commonwealth Championships Committee)

1997; 24 years ago (1997) (as Commonwealth Boxing Council)

TypeNon-profit institution
PurposeBoxing sanctioning organisation
Region served
Commonwealth
President
Frederick Stirrup JP
Affiliations
Websitewww.commbc.com

The Commonwealth Boxing Council (CBC) is a governing body that sanctions professional boxing bouts for territories within the Commonwealth, and is an affiliate of the WBC.[1][2]

History

The Commonwealth Boxing Council first started in 1954 as the Empire and Commonwealth Championships Committee, formed by the British Boxing Board of Control,[3] to officially award a Commonwealth title. Before its formation, boxers from select territories within the British Empire fought for the 'Empire title',[4][5][6] the first of such titles being awarded to British featherweight champion Jim Driscoll in 1908 after defeating Australian Charlie Griffin on points.[7][8] In 1972, the Empire and Commonwealth Championships Committee was re-organised as the 'Commonwealth Championships Committee'. In 1997 the organisation was incorporated as a separate entity from the British Boxing Board of Control and renamed the Commonwealth Boxing Council.[9]

In 2018, the first female version of the Commonwealth title was awarded to Anisha Basheel of Malawi on 15 June.[10]

Current champions

As of 27 March 2021

Male

Weight class: Reign began: Champion Record: Defenses:
Flyweight 24 February 2017 Wales Jay Harris 17–0 (9 KO) 1
Super-flyweight 27 March 2021 England Prince Patel 27–1–2 (22 KO) 0
Bantamweight 13 October 2018 Scotland Lee McGregor 8–0 (6 KO) 2
Super-bantamweight 18 May 2019 England Brad Foster 13–0–2 (5 KO) 3
Featherweight 31 July 2021 Scotland Nathaniel Collins 8–0 3 KO) 0
Super-featherweight 15 June 2019 England Zelfa Barrett 23–1 (14 KO) 1
Lightweight 19 February 2021 Wales Gavin Gwynne 13–2 (3 KO) 0
Super-lightweight 28 August 2021 England Sam Maxwell 16–0 (11 KO) 0
Welterweight 24 July 2021 England Ekow Essuman 15–0 (6 KO) 0
Super-welterweight 7 July 2021 Australia Tim Tszyu 19–0 (15 KO) 0
Middleweight 2 February 2019 England Felix Cash 14–0 (10 KO) 3
Super-middleweight 27 March 2021 England Lennox Clarke 20–1–1 (8 KO) 0
Light-heavyweight 12 October 2019 England Lyndon Arthur 18–0 (12 KO) 2
Cruiserweight 23 November 2019 England Chris Billam-Smith 11–1 (10 KO) 1
Heavyweight 28 November 2020 England Joe Joyce 12–0 (11 KO) 0

Female

Weight class: Reign began: Champion Record: Defenses:
Flyweight vacant
Super flyweight vacant
Bantamweight 24 November 2018 Scotland Kristen Fraser 6–0 (2 KO) 0
Super bantamweight vacant
Featherweight vacant
Super featherweight vacant
Lightweight 15 June 2018 Malawi Anisha Basheel 8–6 (8 KO) 0
Super lightweight 15 September 2018 England Nina Bradley 7–1 (0 KO) 0
Welterweight vacant
Super welterweight 13 July 2018 England Stacey Copeland 5–0 (2 KO) 0
Middleweight vacant
Super middleweight vacant
Light heavyweight vacant
Cruiserweight vacant
Heavyweight vacant

Member organisations

  • Ghana Boxing Authority
  • Kenya Professional Boxing
  • Professional Boxing Control Board (Namibia)
  • Nigeria Boxing Board of Control
  • Boxing South Africa
  • Uganda Professional Boxing Commission
  • Tanzania Professional Boxing
  • Zambia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board
  • Indian Boxing Council
  • Australian National Boxing Federation
  • New Zealand Professional Boxing Association
  • Bahamas Boxing Commission
  • Professional Boxing Association (Barbados)
  • Guyana Boxing Board of Control
  • Jamaica Boxing Board of Control
  • Trinidad and Tobago Boxing Board
  • British Boxing Board of Control
  • National Championships Committee (Canada)

See also

References

  1. ^ "Commonwealth boxing body, WBC now formally affiliated". The Nassau Guardian. 2017-10-10. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
  2. ^ "World Boxing Council - BoxRec". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
  3. ^ Contributor (2019-10-28). "Commonwealth Boxing appoint first woman secretary after WBC switch". Sky-News. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
  4. ^ "From the Archives: the Boxing Championship of the British Empire programme, 1948 | Royal Albert Hall". Royal Albert Hall. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
  5. ^ "Joe Bygraves". The Times. 2012-03-28. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
  6. ^ "Dai Dower, champion flyweight boxer – obituary". www.telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
  7. ^ "Cyber Boxing Zone -- Jem Driscoll". www.cyberboxingzone.com. Retrieved 2019-11-08.
  8. ^ "BoxRec: Title". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2019-11-08.
  9. ^ "CBC - A HISTORY | COMMONWEALTH BOXING COUNCIL". commbc.com. Retrieved 2019-11-08.
  10. ^ "Commonwealth Boxing Council (UK) Sanctions it's [sic] First Female Championship – Women of Boxing". Retrieved 2019-11-08.