Santa Cruz-Flores for Vacant WBA 130 Title, Could Cancio Sue?

Leo Santa Cruz will be vacating the WBA (Super) featherweight championship and move up to super featherweight, with his first fight reportedly being for the vacant WBA (Super) championship at 130 pounds.

Per Mike Coppinger of The Athletic, Cruz will take on Miguel Flores, who Cruz was scheduled to defend his featherweight title against in February before Flores injured his ankle.

The WBA (Super) super featherweight championship was vacated by Gervonta “Tank” Davis earlier this month upon his move to lightweight.

There may be a small conundrum to the situation, however, and that involves the WBA (Regular) champion at super featherweight, Andre Cancio. Cancio is scheduled to defend his championship against Rene Alvarado on November 23.

A WBA “Super” title is usually awarded to a WBA champion who unifies with another belt holder in the same weight class. This was pointed out by Jamel Herring, who holds the WBO championship at 130 pounds, and he guesses that Cancio may sue the WBA to ensure the “Super” title isn’t on the line between Santa Cruz and Flores.

Already an IBF champion at bantamweight and a WBC champion at super bantamweight, Santa Cruz originally won the WBA (Super) featherweight title against Abner Mares in August 2015, and he had a successful defense against Kiko Martinez before losing the belt to Carl Frampton. Santa Cruz regained the title from Frampton in a January 2017 rematch and made successful defenses against Chris Avalos, Mares and Rivera.

Flores, ranked No. 2 by the WBA, was unbeaten at 22-0 before getting stopped in back-to-back fights with Dat Nguyen and Chris Avalos. He has since scored back-to-back stoppages of Raul Chirino and Luis May. Should the WBA (Super) super featherweight title be on the line as planned, it would be his first title shot.

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