The Board will be internationally represented in the truest sense and will strive to remain so. There will be twenty-five members, including three chairmen, though the number of members may increase. All members will be (a) able to recognize and willing to confront those in boxing abusing the sport and confusing the public, (b) free and clear of any compromising connection to sanctioning bodies and promoters, (c) free and clear of any vested interest in boxers, (d) knowledgeable about modern boxers and bouts, and (e) reputable, fair, and objective.
All prospective members will receive a formal invitation letter. The letter explains the purpose of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and the expectations of its members.
The Transnational Boxing Rankings will be published on a website. The website will also feature the mission statement, charter, members’ biographical statements, and a public comment section. The technician will design, maintain and amend the website, input rankings, monitor the public comment section, and provide assistance as needed.
4. Three Chairs
To prevent factionalism, three chairs will arbitrate input and weigh arguments to arrive at reasonable boxer placements. The chairs will serve as facilitators, conduits, and deciding parties as necessary.
Rankings will be published on or by Tuesday every week. Rankings published the second week of every month will be archived as official “monthly rankings” for research and other purposes.
Only the top ten contenders of the seventeen current weight divisions are listed under the each divisional throne.
All members are invited to propose, discuss, affirm and contest contenders’ movements within divisional rankings. Weight of argument is considered by the chairs primarily in terms of how much support it garners from the rest of the membership.
Rankings ‘rules of thumb’ include the following:
- Differentiating between a fighter’s winning streak and current form will be a matter of debate by the Board.
- In those instances where a contender is inactive for one year or more, he may be removed from the rankings until such time as he fights and earns back a place in the top ten. Exceptions for medical issues will be considered.
- In those instances where a fighter announces his intention of competing in a new division, he will be removed from his former division’s rankings only after he competes in the new division and his intention remains.
- Contenders active in two or more divisions may be removed from a division’s rankings
- after two consecutive bouts in another division; or
- after eighteen months of inactivity in a division with no scheduled bout on the horizon.
- No fighter earns a place in the top ten by appointment. Name recognition or previous record in a different weight class is not necessarily an indication of performance in a new weight class.
- Although close losses and poor wins may be reflected in the rankings, the Board will refrain from nullifying the official results, with one exception: If over 75% of the Board agrees that the judges’ decision in a non-championship bout is egregious enough to constitute a “robbery,” then the official winner may be ranked lower than the official loser. At least eleven votes are needed for a quorum.
- After a legitimate official authority declares a bout a “No Decision” or “No Contest,” the fighters will return to the rankings they held going into the bout. Under certain circumstances, the Board may adjust the rankings, though not the order of said fighters, to reflect performances before the bout was ended.
6. The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board Championship Policy
I. When a champion retires or vacates the championship, the first-ranked contender must fight the second-ranked contender to fill the vacancy. Lesser contenders do not constitute the best, and the fact that they are allowed to compete for vacant championships by other organizations does not make them so. The gravitas of the true championship will be vitiated no longer. Therefore, no allowances for third, fourth, and fifth-ranked contenders will be made.
II. If the first two ranked contenders prove unwilling to fight to fill a vacant throne, the Board will force the issue as much as it deems appropriate.
This enterprise was founded upon principles related to the reform of boxing. Neither these principles nor the integrity of the enterprise can be compromised. Oversight is necessary. Oversight is granted first to the founding members who may annually rotate the position; and then to those long-standing members nominated and elected by the Board. Oversight has no authority to override a decision of the chairs regarding placements in the monthly rankings, unless said decision constitutes a breach of this charter. No changes to this charter can be effected without the expressed consent of Oversight.
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