“This is not a fan club where someone is looking to be popular. They are attacking something new without studying it, arguing that there would be more income [from sanctioning fees] and saying that this is the only reason [we created this division].
“The heavyweight division cannot be touched, so an intermediate is created for that universe of boxers who could fight on even terms, to have a chance to win. A boxer under 215-220 pounds, who faces a good heavyweight, that is very complicated for them.
“The current champions, Tyson Fury is over 270 pounds, Anthony Joshua at 255, they are at a high level with their muscle mass, their weight, but there is a universe of boxers between cruiser and heavyweight, who now can find opportunities to have fights of great interest.
“There are a lot of good fighters [that can compete at that weight class] and it’s a great opportunity to see them without giving away a big advantage to someone who is 260-270 pounds. The study that we have done, over the course of many years, creates something interesting as a means of ensuring the safety of the fighters.”