At one time or another we’ve all been bewildered by the actions of the various sanctioning bodies; from the acceptance of Eddie Croft as a challenger to Erik Morales, to the promotion of deceased fighters in monthly rankings, not to mention the creation of spurious interim, inter-continental and emeritus belts to help ensure every fighter, young or old, good or bad has the chance to possess one at one time or another.
Andy Warhol would have nodded knowingly were he around today. However, it is rare for sanctioning bodies to cause confusion merely by releasing a press statement. Just who transcribed and translated the following release pertaining to the retirement of former WBC Featherweight champion Injin Chi needs a cold shower and a thesaurus.
“The World Boxing Council has received a note containing that former Featherweight World Champion INJIN CHI had announced his retirement from professional boxing and his entrance to K1 in South Korea, in order to set himself up for MMA fights, fact that would indicate both, a piracy act and a direct action against professional boxing and against the World Boxing Council. The WBC invites the involved parts to clear up this situation, because if the news are officially confirmed. They will mean an intolerable direct intromission and an invitation for our organism to take strict defense measurements. Our President Dr. Jose Sulaiman Chagnon is directly communicating with the WBC Board of Governors and the South Korea Boxing Commission, to study the necessary measurements.”
Now far be it from me to mock an attempt to converse in a second language, I’m still wrestling with English, but to describe Chi’s defection to MMA is an act of “piracy” is plain ridiculous. Not to mention the “intolerable direct intromission and an invitation for our organism to take strict defense”.
Say what? I don’t suppose the barely concealed irony will be lost on cynical boxing fans who’ve witnessed the activities of the numerous sanctioning bodies over the past twenty years.
To read the full release about Chi’s adventures on the high seas on the WBC website, click here.