You’ll also hear about the gold-plated WBA Super Champion belt and the rhodium-plated version of the belt that Manny Pacquiao received.
- In addition, we settle the dispute that was teased on last week’s show with The New York Times. One of their writers has unjustly criticized the sport of boxing. She’s mocked the championship belts these warriors devote their lives to obtaining with articles recycling age-old clichés such as “There are too many belts,” “Too many champions,” and “It’s like alphabet soup.” You’ll hear the history of how there used to be only 8 divisions, how it got to be the current 17, why it’s important to have these divisions, and how the WBA, WBO, WBC, IBF, and other sanctioning bodies operate. (8:40)
It’s interesting how an article in The New York Times pertaining to golf (with its multiple trophies) is typically a positive article that respects the tradition, symbolism, and the meaning of the trophies to the champions. Men who play golf are glorified by their trophies, while boxing (which is largely comprised of disadvantaged minorities) — possibly the hardest contemporary sport there is — is ridiculed. No worries — we set things straight in this episode of In This Corner.