The World Boxing Association has been criticized once again for unveiling yet ANOTHER title belt into the mix.
Four years after President Gilberto Mendoza’s pledge to reduce the number of championships, the WBA has added a ‘Gold’ version to the growing list.
Joe Joyce picked up the heavyweight strap on Saturday night in London, meaning the 200-pound plus division has FOUR separate champions.
Anthony Joshua is the WBA ‘Super’ champion. Manuel Charr currently holds the ‘Regular’ title. At the same time, Trevor Bryan is the ‘Interim’ belt holder and now Joyce.
It’s quite an unbelievable situation. Coupled with the fact representatives seem happy to pay the fees to give their respective fighters any old belt around their waist.
How things are going, the WBA will have serious credibility issues as they keep adding more titles.
WBA GOLD TITLE
Fans are predictably annoyed by the newest addition.
“WBA Gold heavyweight belt. WTF is that?” asked one.
Another had his name for the title.
“What the f*** is the WBA (Gold) Heavyweight title? A load of f***in pish. They f***in naming belts after Pokemon games now?”
A third branded it ‘the interim, interim belt.’
“I’ve heard of the Super, Regular and Interim titles, but what is the WBA “Gold” belt? Is it, in effect, an interim Interim title?
“Though I’d mastered the Byzantine structure of the WBA world titles, I’m now confused again.”
In December, WBN outlined how the WBO had brought in a ‘Global’ version of their title when Sebastian Formella won the dubious crown before Christmas.
It’s all becoming a little confusing with Gold and Silver, Global and Interim. Only the IBF seems to keep it simple. But then you could always mention the Inter-Continental and International titles on offer.
But seriously, somebody needs to inform the WBA that less is more.
They now have Super, Regular, Interim, Gold, International, and Continental in each division – more and more of which come with a ranking.
With only 15 mandatory spots available, it’s getting to a point where you will effectively have to buy a ranking by forking out a sanctioning fee for the respective strap you need to be rated.