Women Boxing Archive
Network (WBAN) championship belts, are designed to recognize the "best
of the best" of the sport's championship title holders.
We do not perform as a
sanctioning body and no sanctioning fees are paid to us for the WBAN
Independent World Title belt.
When there is a world title
fight that is considered the "Best of the Best", and the promoter is
interested in adding this prestigious independent WBAN belt to that fight---WBAN
presents the matchup to the Selection board members.
The boxer who wins the belt will hold that belt for one year, and if
it is not defended it becomes open for other top boxers to fight for
it in the weight class that it was won in.
The board consists of three
independent members, and the majority of the vote of these three
members will be the final word on approving or disapproving the
The current independent group of the sport's advocates and website
contributors, presently include
Eddie Montalvo, photo journalist
Rick McLean, and
senior editor, Brian Ackley.
The computer-based BoxRec rankings produced
WBAN by documenting the first of the month their ratings, is what we
rely on to evaluating the potential of each championship bout for
recognition by WBAN. Due to the recent trend in the lack of
fights for our top ranked boxers, we will have an exemption of WBAN belt consideration
if a) the fight was made prior to the top ranked boxer falling off
the rankings; b) if the top ranked boxer was removed from the
ratings, due to inactivity, at the time they were offered a WBAN
belt qualifying fight, a 90 day grace period will be granted in
terms of qualifying for a WBAN belt bout.
Rematch Clause: If the independent board approves a fight, and
the fighters have a "rematch clause", it is automatic that the fight
is approved, as long as neither boxer had a fight before the rematch
and "lost" that fight(s). If either boxer lost a fight
before the rematch, then WBAN treats the approval of the rematch as
any fight and it will need to go to the board to seek that approval.
In order to insure complete impartiality,
neither Fox nor Williams will be included as part of the selection
group and there will be no discussion of the recognition of
potential championship bouts between the selection group and Fox and
Williams. For a disclaimer on WBAN and its role in the sport visit:
It has long been our feeling that, given the number of championship
belts, another level of special recognition is necessary in the
sport and the WBAN belt is one way to fill that need.
We hope that this highly prestigious award will recognize and
represent a gold standard for the sport of women's boxing.
this is just one of many steps that WBAN and the boxing community
will initiate to enhance and promote the future success of the sport
of women's boxing. Never before has the talent level in the sport
reached the levels it has achieved today and, hopefully, the WBAN
Independent belt will represent an unbiased and thoughtful recognition of those
female fighters who truly are the 'Best of the Best."
If you are a promoter and would like to have WBAN consider the
independent WBAN belt, and where the
fight has been officially sanctioned by a federation as a world