About Champions League Boxing
What It's All About
Champions League Boxing's goal is to bring simplicity and excitement to boxing. The competition is designed to have fun following boxing results.
By the end of the season there will be one fighter from across all the different weight classes that will get the honour of being called the Champions League Boxing Victor. Itís kind of like being called the Fighter of the Year, but much cooler.
Goodbye Jr. Weight Classes and Trinkets
You can forget about all the dozens of alphabet championships and indistinguishable lower weight classes. We take all the hard work from the good people at The Ring Magazine and condense it down to the Coles Notes of boxing.
CLB is a seasonal competition. The season lasts from January 1st until December 31st of any given year. By December 31st of each year CLB will post its rankings for each of its weight classes for the following year. The rankings will have 10 fighters for each of the 8 weight classes totaling 80 of the top fighters in the world. Throughout the year fighters will earn points by fighting their regular matches. By the end of the year, the fighter who has earned the most points will be named the CLB Victor. Hooray, a winner!
As the season progresses CLB will continue to keep their rankings up to date. If a new fighter enters the top 10 ranking for a given weight class, they automatically get added to the competition for the year. This is called a "coup". When a fighter gets added, their last fight (presumably that's what got them into the rankings) and all fights from that point forward will be taken into account to determine their points total. Fighters will never be removed from the competition, so there will always be at least 80 fighters in the league.
As new fighters enter the top 10 rankings, this will push other fighters out of the top 10. These other fighters are still in the competition, but since they are not ranked they are in "No Manís Land". They are at risk of losing their place in the league the following season.
In order to determine the fighters that qualify for CLB, we select the top fighters in each of our official weight classes. Since we use fewer weight classes, this can involve merging existing rankings from a number of different weight classes. We take The Ring Magazine rankings as the basis for the league rankings.
Whatís with all those "official" weight classes anyway? Yeah, we donít like them either. Champions League Boxing uses the original eight weight classes.
Points & Standings
Points are assigned to fighters after each fight. The number of points earned varies depending on whether or not the opponent is a member of the CLB rankings (we like to reward high quality opponents) or non-CLB ranked. Current CLB standings are determined by tallying all the points earned by each fighter.
5 bonus points are awarded to any fighter who wins (or successfully defends) a Ring Magazine championship bout.
We would like to thank Tim Steiner of Mid's Watch
for the use of his amazing photograph:
Thanks also go out to Mark Delamere for his
graphic design assistance:
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