The WBC has moved towards sanctioning All Asian Titles to enable greater prestige and more activity in the Asia region where boxing remains strong and competitive.
WBC President Dr Jose Sulaiman said All Asian Championships would be prestigious for boxing as it would match the best Asian talent and position them as contenders for world titles and silver belts.
Vice-President Pol. General Kovid Bhakdibhumi told the WBC Board of Governors at the 2010 convention in Cancun that ‘the current world economic recession is putting a lot of pressure on the WBC Asian based federations to maintain their strong activity in the All Asia region. Rival organizations such as PABA, WBO and WBA are offering high ranking incentives for promoters to break ranks from the WBC federations in the all Asia region and defect to other rival organizations for titles.
General Kovid proposed:
(1) That OPBF and ABCO champions that represent the best boxers in the All Asian region be placed within the top 20 of the WBC world rankings.
(2) That the winner of a WBC All Asia Championship - WBC Asian Boxing Council champion versus OPBF champion - be included in the top 10 WBC world rankings.
OPBF President Mr Tsuyoshi Yasukochi said what General Kovid stated had merit and he was open to examining the proposal.
ABCO Secretary General Mr Patrick Cusick said the WBC All Asian Titles would be an official WBC title that would carry prestige and be a popular event that could be staged in any Asian country, including Japan.