The World Boxing Council is an international boxing organization. It was initially established by 11 countries: the United States, Puerto Rico, Argentina, United Kingdom, France, Mexico, Philippines, Panama, Chile, Peru, Venezuela and Brazil. Representatives met in Mexico City on February 14, 1963, upon invitation of Adolfo López Mateos, then President of Mexico, to form an international organization to unify all commissions of the world to control the expansion of boxing. Today it has 161 member countries.
The groups that historically had recognized several boxers as champions included the New York State Athletic Commission, the National Boxing Association of the United States, the European Boxing Union and the British Boxing Board of Control, but for the most part, these groups lacked the all-encompassing “international” status they claimed.
The International Boxing Hall of Fame recognizes the WBC as one of four major organizations that sanction world championship boxing bouts; the others are the International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO).
“This dream of all boxers of the world is what the WBC is trying to offer to all our beloved athletes, by leaving all doors opened, as an opportunity within the strictest principles of human dignity and equality for making a dream a reality.
May God bless you all and keep you friends of the WBC, which is only trying to be of service to you, as well as serving in full the sport of our love”