WBA discussing the future of ‘super’ and ‘interim’ belts
World Boxing Association Vice President Gilberto Mendoza has informed WBN that the situation regarding the controversial ‘super’ and ‘interim’ world championships is currently under review.
WBN had reported that the WBA were considering scrapping ‘super’ titles initially in February 2013 when speaking to Mendoza previously and talks are now at the informal stage of what will happen long-term.
Mendoza was contacted to give an update on the current ‘regular’ heavyweight title that became vacant when Alexander Povetkin was defeated by ‘super’ champion Alexander Povetkin and gave this response:
“We have not been contacted by any representative or promoter over the WBA heavyweight title,” Mendoza told World Boxing News.
“But also, the WBA super and interim titles might change. We are not sure the regular title will be approved.”
This was also the case when Gennady Golovkin requested ‘super’ champion status recently due to the fact that he also IBO belt holder, which the WBA denied leaving Martin Murray without an already arranged shot at the ‘regular’ title.
The general consensus amongst those in the sport is that only the one title from any organisation should be in circulation, although some would go even further and say that the four major bodies should merge into one or two for the good of boxing.
As this is unlikely to happen anytime soon, the best anyone can hope for is that the WBA pull the ‘super’ and ‘interim’ championships going forward, which would put an end to the last few years of confusion that came with the introduction of the additional belts.
“Even though here has only been informal conversations on the issue, the board are currently reviewing what will happen next,” added Mendoza.
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