WBA Hopes To Reduce World Titles
Gilberto Mendoza Jr. acknowledged that it has not been easy to reduce the number of multiple world titles the World Boxing Association.
The case for many divisions in the WBA is there being a regular champion, a secondary champion, and a “super” champion, which is considered to be the “true” champion of the division.
One example touted is the situation in the cruiserweight division, where Yunier Dorticos is the “regular” champion, and Denis Lebedev is the “super” crown holder, yet even though Lebedev is the “super” champion, Dorticos is considered the “true” champion of the division…. Why? Because Lebedev lost to Murat Gassiev, and refused to put his WBA title on the line, and only his IBF belt, due to Gassiev being the mandatory challenger.
How did this situation begin? It started because two champions equaled the WBA doubling their sanctioning fees, which Mendoza realized did more harm than good in the long run. This created the situation involving the “regular” champion being less respected and confusion over who exactly is the recognized champion in each division.
While some divisions seem to have been straightened out, issues still linger with Gennady Golovkin at middleweight, and Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares at featherweight, and Anthony Joshua as the SUPER heavyweight champion, and the regular title currently vacant.
Mendoza hopes to eliminate the problem by 2019.
“I am focused on only having a single champion [in each weight class]. There are members of the past directory that say there are weight categories that deserve a regular champion where there is a super champion, but I am very fussy about that subject.”
“I do not want to move away from the plan (reduction of titles). My intention is to sort out all of the weight categories although there are already many with only one champion. It’s going to cost me a little more time. Hopefully by the 2019 convention we have everything straightened out. I hope we get it done by the middle of 2019.”
“It is not easy, the main enemy is the commercial side of boxing that affects sports decisions a lot, when a fighter does not sell and one side does not want to give him the opportunity.”