Rigondeaux Loses WBA Title If Defeated By Lomachenko
Guillermo Rigondeaux is not only risking a loss on December 9th when he steps in the ring with WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, but also his WBA “super” championship if he loses.
Back in June, Rigondeaux picked up a first round stoppage win over Moises Flores at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The outcome was later reversed to a no-decision, after it was determined that Rigondeaux’s knockout blow came after the bell.
Following the controversial fight, the World Boxing Association ordered Rigondeaux to make a mandatory defense against Flores in a rematch.
He applied for special permission to move up in weight for crack at Lomachenko’s world title.
The WBA allowed the move and postponement of the rematch, but with a caveat regarding his championship.
If Rigondeaux wins, he would have five days to decide if he is to remain at 130 or return to 122 to defend his WBA belt. If he loses against Lomachenko, then he automatically loses his recognition as the WBA champion. The sanctioning body would then order Flores to fight for the vacant WBA belt against the winner of Danny Roman vs. an opponent to determined.
When asked for comment on the matter, WBA President Gilberto Mendoza Jr stated…
“The special permission was requested, and he was given the opportunity because it is an important fight for boxing. But if he wins he has five days to decide and 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.”