Rigondeaux Stripped of WBA World Title
Making good on the announcement they made prior to his fight against Vasyl Lomachenko, The World Boxing Association have stripped Guillermo Rigondeaux of the WBA “super” title at 122-pounds.
Rigondeaux, who was facing a mandatory order to have a rematch with Moises Flores, applied for special permission to move up by two weight divisions to challenge WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko in December at The Theater in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The WBA approved his request with a caveat, that they would strip Rigondeaux of his world title if he was beaten. If he won, then Rigondeaux would have five days to make a decision regarding which world title he planned to keep.
Rigondeaux did not win that night. The outcome was a worst-case scenario for the once undefeated boxer.
Following a six one-sided rounds of action, the Cuban born fighter refused to fight any further, citing an injury to his left hand in the corner.
Afterwards, Rigondeaux took a lot of heat from both the fans and the media, after his promoter revealed that his hand injury was nothing more than a bruise – which created the belief that Rigondeaux was looking for a way out.
As it stands,the WBA’s new rankings feature Danny Roman – who previously held the WBA’s “regular” title at the weight -as the organization’s full titleholder.
Roman will have to make, at some point, a mandatory defense against Flores, who has the interim-title, and that match has been ordered part of the World Boxing Association’s effort to reduce the number of WBA world titles in each weight class.
“The special permission was requested, and [Rigondeaux] was given the opportunity because it is an important fight for boxing,” stated WBA President Gilberto Mendoza Jr. last year.
“If he loses, he would then have to lose the recognition [of being WBA champion] because it is what corresponds [to agreement of allowing him to move up] and in this event we would have to order that Moises Flores goes against the winner of Daniel Román and an opponent to be supplied to us.”