Even better than the the official news that the the quality Terence Crawford vs. Raymundo Beltran fight is set for November 29th, is the fact that the fight will be for the real World Lightweight Championship as recognized by ProBoxing-Fans.com.
Our Lightweight division championship is currently vacant. However, Crawford vs. Beltran, a fight between the #1 and #3 ranked contenders in the division, qualifies to be for the true championship via our ratings policies. Forget about Crawford’s WBO strap, which in itself rightly belongs to Beltran, as he should have taken it from Ricky Burns before Crawford had the chance to. This fight is for the real deal at 135 lbs.
In lieu of the #1 and #2 contenders facing another, a fight may be declared for the vacant championship when:
Two top contenders, whose combined ranking is no more than six, face one another, i.e., #2 versus #4 (combined ranking = 6) or #1 versus #5 (also 6) both would qualify, but #4 versus #5 (combined ranking = 9) or #3 versus #4 (7) does not.
By clearly specifying when our vacant championship is up for grabs, we’re able to easily indicate to fans when two fighters are truly squaring off for a championship, or when merely a belt or title strap is at stake. It’s another effort we make to separate ourselves from the ongoing idiocracy of the sanctioning bodies.
Crawford vs. Beltran will be hosted in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, where he’s coming off a career-best win over Yuriorkis Gamboa in front of a packed house of supporters.