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WBO join WBA in adding another title, crown first ever ‘Global Champion’

World Boxing News 16/12/2018

Sebastian Heger

The World Boxing Organization have joined the World Boxing Association in adding yet another title to already congested mix.

Crowning welterweight Sebastian Formella the first ever WBO Global champion on Saturday night, boxing faces more confusion.

Happy making the announcement, the WBO said: “Formella is the first WBO Global Champion!

“Sebastian Formella (20-0, 10KOs) defeated Betuel Ushona (36-7-1, 9 KOs) by UD to grab the newly-formed WBO Global Welterweight title at the Sporthalle, Hamburg.

“Scorecards were 119-109 (2x) and 117-111.”

What this means in terms of placing Formella on the champions list is anyone’s guess. And what difference a ‘Global’ champion is to a ‘world’ champion is another story.

Boxing already has six recognized belts since the WBA decided to add a ‘Super’ strap to the WBC, IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA ‘regular’ titles.

The WBA ‘Super’ is awarded to those fighters who unify the belts or makes a certain amount of defenses. Although the situation has become cloudier as the years have gone on.

Some in boxing have decided the WBA ‘regular’ title should no longer be recognized. Whilst the ‘regular’ belt is actually the original WBA title.

The ‘Super’ belt is the one brought in as extra but is always given to the champion the fans and media believe should be the only ruler.

With the WBO adding their new ‘Global’ tag, it’s a wonder where all the madness will stop as the WBA previously said they would eradicate some titles.

This hasn’t transpired in the years which have followed a promise by President Gilberto Mendoza.



BRAEHMER

Also on the Germany bill, ex-world champion Juergen Braehmer grabbed a 50th career triumph.

The veteran halted Pablo Nievas in five, whilst Karo Murat was shocked in the headliner.

Murat was relieved of his IBO light-heavyweight title by Sven Fornling.

Fornling won unanimously on the cards as the Swede improved to 15-1.

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