Commonwealth Boxing Council

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Commonwealth Boxing Council
AbbreviationCBC
Formation
1954; 65 years ago (1954) (as The Empire and Commonwealth Championships Committee)

1997; 22 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[edit]

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[edit]

As of 11 November 2019

Male[edit]

Weight class: Reign began: Champion Record: Defenses:
Flyweight 24 February 2017 Wales Jay Harris 17–0 (9 KO) 1
Super-flyweight 15 March 2019 England Tommy Frank 12–0 (3 KO) 0
Bantamweight 13 October 2018 Scotland Lee McGregor 8–0 (6 KO) 2
Super-bantamweight 18 May 2019 England Brad Foster 11–0–2 (4 KO) 1
Featherweight 2 March 2019 England Leigh Wood 23–1 (13 KO) 1
Super-featherweight 15 June 2019 England Zelfa Barrett 23–1 (14 KO) 1
Lightweight 4 August 2018 Wales Joe Cordina 10–0 (7 KO) 2
Super-lightweight 2 February 2019 England Philip Bowes 20–3 (3 KO) 1
Welterweight 3 August 2019 Wales Chris Jenkins 22–3–3 (8 KO) 1
Super-welterweight 15 June 2019 England James Metcalf 20–0 (12 KO) 1
Middleweight 2 February 2019 England Felix Cash 12–0 (8 KO) 1
Super-middleweight 27 April 2019 England Lerrone Richards 13–0 (3 KO) 1
Light-heavyweight 12 October 2019 England Lyndon Arthur 16–0 (12 KO) 0
Cruiserweight 23 November 2019 England Chris Billam-Smith 10–1 (9 KO) 0
Heavyweight 27 September 2019 England Daniel Dubois 13–0 (12 KO) 0

Female[edit]

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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

References[edit]

  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 First Female Championship – Women of Boxing". Retrieved 2019-11-08.