WBA: No sanction request for Wilder v Oquendo, ‘regular’ title still under review
World Boxing Association Vice President Gilberto Mendoza has cleared up a recent suggestion that unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder could fight for the ‘regular’ title against Fres Oquendo in April.
These reports had been gathering pace at the back end of last week, although Mendoza was quick to deny that the title, previously held by Alexander Povetkin until his loss to ‘super’ champion Wladimir Klitschko, was under consideration.
As clarified to WBN recently, the situation regarding ‘regular’ and ‘super’ titles is up in the air as Mendoza and the WBA senior officials debate the future of having the extra belts that have caused controversy amongst fans and media alike.
A recent request by middleweight king Gennady Golovkin to be elevated to ‘super’ title status, although deemed worthy by the WBA, was rejected due to this fact as the WBA continue to debate the future of having the belts in play.
There are currently eight ‘super’ champions in the seventeen weight divisions who could lose their titles if the WBA agree that the belts are no longer relevant, although it still remains unclear if that indeed is the WBA’s intention.
When contacted this week by WBN, Fres Oquendo admitted he was interested in fighting Wilder for the strap, but was more hopeful than expectant about the possibility of the fight coming off with the title on the line.
For now though, that version of the heavyweight championship is staying dormant, and any attempts by fighter’s to avoid going through Wladimir Klitschko or the winner of Stiverne v Arreola for a world title face rejection until the outcome of the discussions.
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