World Boxing Union (WBU)
The World Boxing Union (WBU) is a professional boxing sanctioning body approaching its twentieth year in the business of sanctioning world championship fights. It has been immortalized in cinema history by the hit movie "The Fighter" starring Mark Wahlberg. WBU titles were particularly well recognised in Europe and Africa. WBU titles have been held by the likes of Ricky Hatton, George Foreman, Thomas Hearns, Baby Jake Matlala, James Toney, Johnny Nelson and Micky Ward (in reality he was "The Fighter").
The WBU was founded in January 1995 by world championship European Supervisor Jon W. Robinson. It was supported by top boxing promoters such as Bob Arum and Frank Warren.
The WBU had a 'golden' period between 1996-2006 when its title contests were often shown live on satellite and terrestrial television. After the unexpected death of WBU founder and chairman Jon W. Robinson, the organisation began to descend into chaos and many of the organisation's title in weight categories became vacant of champions. The acting directorship of the WBU allowed the title to be further devalued by allowing vacant titles to be contested on small boxing shows with home fighters matched carefully to claim WBU titles.
In 2011, after several failed attempts to purchase the assets of the UK based WBU, the WBU was reformed in the United States of America under the new stewardship of Don “Moose” Lewis-President of men’s professional boxing sanctioning body the IBU-International Boxing Union, Inc., the WAA-World Athletic Association, Inc., and the WIBC-Women’s International Boxing Council, Inc. The current WBU Executive Committee has acknowledged that the post Jon W. Robinson WBU has lacked leadership and direction and has begun the task of re-establishing the WBU as a world-wide sanctioning body while embracing the legacy of the late Mr. Robinson.
The WBU had it first recognized World title under reorganization on 10 September 2011 when former “The Contender” television show participant Jimmy Lange defeated Raul Munoz by TKO in round 6 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia. This was to catapault the WBU to a banner year in 2012 with new champions crowned and a world title even changing hands. Entering 2013, the majority of WBU world titles are already committed to be filled assuring the organization of a bright future and re-recognition as one of the premier sanctioning bodies. - wbuboxing.org