Boxing, like any sport, needs rankings that are at once trustworthy and authoritative. It needs a clear path to the thrones. Since profit-minded sanctioning bodies have risen in prominence, clarity has become a casualty. Boxing has seventeen weight divisions. Common sense tells us that no more than seventeen world champions can thus emerge, and yet there are usually over seventy claimants defending over eighty belts. Confusion reigns.
The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board heralds a return to clarity and common sense. It operates under a charter which strikes a balance between consistency and flexibility.
Rankings changes are worked out on a weekly basis by a membership with numbers exceeding 40 and representing over 15 countries and Puerto Rico. All members are boxing writers and/or record keepers who are strictly volunteers. A close examination of the previous week's bouts, particularly winning streaks, level of opposition, and current form are considered in making rankings changes. The results are published on the website every Tuesday.
A clear path to each division's throne, strict enough to befit boxing's true champions, is upheld. It begins with the principle that defeating a true champion is the most direct path to the throne. Those champions with reigns that began before the founding of the Transnational Rankings Board were recognized in our inaugural rankings (October 2012) because their thrones could be traced back to bouts between contenders legitimately rated first and second by The Ring. Since then, vacant thrones can only be contested by the Transnational’s first and second-ranked contenders. The Board recognizes the official winners in championship contests.
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