Starting today, the 130 lbs. super featherweight champion of the World Boxing Association, the Japanese Takashi Uchiyama, has been promoted to the status of super champion.
The decision was endorsed by the Championships Committee, chaired by Gilberto Jesús Mendoza and communicated to Uchiyama.
Undefeated in 18-0-1, 18 KO’s, Uchiyama is the owner of the 130 lbs super featherweight since January 11, 2010 when he defeated by TKO 12 Mexican Juan Carlos Salgado, in Tokyo.
Since then, the Japanese has made nine title defenses. Four of them won by TKO, two by KO, two technical decisions and a draw.
The Championships Committee also promoted the 126-lbs featherweight champion Jamaican Nicholas Walters to super champion status.
Walters, undefeated in 25 fights with 21 KO’s, has been champion since December 8, 2012, when he beat by KO7 Colombian Daulis Prescott in his home country.
During this time, the boxer has defended his title three times one with former champion Vic Darchinyan and Nonito Donaire, both finished before the limit.
Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, WBA Vice President and Chairman of the Championships Committee, made the official announcement.In addition, the Argentinean Jesus Cuellar, who was the featherweight interim champion, was promoted to champion.
In addition, the Argentinean Jesus Cuellar, who was the featherweight interim champion, was promoted to champion.
Cuellar record is 26-1, 20 KO’s, he won the title on August 23, 2013, when he defeated Claudio Marrero by KO 2 in Verona, New York.