Bridgerweight, a recent edition via the WBC, to supposedly bridge the gap between the cruiserweights, and heavyweights to a certain point (200-224 Ibs). The moniker is inspired by “Bridger Walker”, a boy who saved his sister from a dog attack; as nice a gesture as this is, insofar as the backstory is concerned, I don’t think it makes much sense logically, I will explain:

In the amateurs, the heavyweight division is the equivalent of the professional boxing category of cruiserweight, with an attached super-heavyweight division respectively; using such nomenclature for any such changes to the professional schema, would make a lot of sense: there has been debate to whether someone who is 210Ibs, should fight an opponent who is 250Ibs and higher. I think a super-heavyweight division, that is, anyone who is above 250Ibs in weight, would be appropriate; however, there would not be a large talent pool at present, even though heavyweights are by and large, getting heavier over time.

If there were to be a super-heavyweight division, this would include fighters such as Zhilei Zhang, Derrick Chisora, Dillian Whyte, Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Joe Joyce etc. But would exclude Deontay Wilder (typically around 220-230Ibs), Oleksandr Usyk, this would over-complicate the ability to setup fights, and would prevent potentially exciting match-ups from taking place.

I think a motivational factor for setting up new weight divisions is also additional commission fees, but this is just speculation on may part.

Overall, I don’t think expect this development to gain momentum; rather, I think it will largely be ignored by the boxing community, it doesn’t appear to have much supporters from fighters or promoters, but it remains to be seen whether this continues to be the case.

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