WBA Promotes Jamal James, Orders Fight With Radzhab Butaev

Jamal James has gone from the WBA interim Welterweight Champion, to becoming the “Regular” titleholder.

James captured the interim gold when he defeated Thomas Dulorme via unanimous decision back in August 2020. With the WBA promoting Yordenis Ugas as the “Super” champion and designating Manny Pacquiao to “champion in recess,” James is now recognized as the WBA (Regular) Welterweight Champion.

In addition, the WBA has ordered a title fight between James and Radzhab Butaev. Both sides will have 30 days to agree to the terms of the matchup. If the two sides can come to an agreement, then a purse bid will be called upon.

Here is a statement from the WBA.

“The World Boxing Association (WBA) named Jamal James as its Welterweight champion after enforcing the rules and considering his boxing record.

Through a resolution of the WBA Championships Committee, the body made the decision regarding James. The American won the interim title on August 8, 2020 by defeating Thomas Dulorme by unanimous decision, in Los Angeles, California.

Rule C.28 states that the President and the Championships Committee may elevate an interim champion to champion at their discretion. The WBA considers James’ outstanding record as a favorable reason to elevate him.

James will now have to fulfill a mandatory commitment vs Radzhab Butaev in his next fight. Both parties have 30 days to negotiate the terms of the fight. Should a Purse Bid be necessary, it will be done under WBA rules, and the split will be 75% to the champion and 25% to the challenger.”

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