World Boxing News reveals why Gervonta Davis and Josh Taylor are just two of the names not featured on the current boxing champions list.
Davis and Taylor both get promotionally presented to the fans as world champions. However, for WBN, that’s not the case, and here’s why.
Gervonta Davis is the WBA ‘regular’ champion at the lightweight limit. This belt is not recognized in boxing and is on the verge of being scrapped by the World Boxing Association.
When wiping out the interim versions, the WBA promised to rid the boxing world of secondary championships at the earliest opportunity.
Therefore, until he fights the winner of George Kambosos Jr. vs. Devin Haney, Davis is not considered a bonafide world titleholder.
The Scot lost his belts to Jack Catterall in all but the verdict regarding Taylor. The judges’ shocking and potentially dangerous decision on the night robbed a young fighter of his dream.
WBN initially stated that our site would keep the super-lightweight division under review. Due to a lack of action against the decision, WBN will no longer recognize Taylor as the champion.
Instead, the belts will go vacant from today.
HEAVYWEIGHT – 200 LBS +
IBF / WBO / WBA CHAMPION – OLEKSANDR USYK
WBC CHAMPION – TYSON FURY
BRIDGERWEIGHT – 201 TO 224 LBS
WBC CHAMPION – OSCAR RIVAS
CRUISERWEIGHT – 200 LBS
WBC CHAMPION – ILUNGA MAKABU
IBF CHAMPION – MAIRIS BRIEDIS
WBO CHAMPION – LAWRENCE OKOLIE
WBA CHAMPION – ARSEN GOULAMIRIAN
LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT – 175 LBS
IBF / WBC CHAMPION – ARTUR BETERBIEV
WBO CHAMPION – JOE SMITH JR.
WBA CHAMPION – DMITRY BIVOL
SUPER-MIDDLEWEIGHT – 168 LBS
IBF / WBC / WBO / WBA CHAMPION – CANELO ALVAREZ
MIDDLEWEIGHT – 160 LBS
IBF CHAMPION – GENNADIY GOLOVKIN
WBC CHAMPION – JERMALL CHARLO
WBO CHAMPION – DEMETRIUS ANDRADE
WBA CHAMPION – RYOTA MURATA
SUPER-WELTERWEIGHT – 154 LBS
IBF / WBC / WBA CHAMPION – JERMELL CHARLO
WBO CHAMPION – BRIAN CASTANO
WELTERWEIGHT – 147 LBS
IBF / WBC CHAMPION – ERROL SPENCE
WBO CHAMPION – TERENCE CRAWFORD
WBA CHAMPION – YORDENIS UGAS
SUPER-LIGHTWEIGHT – 140 LBS
WBO/WBC/IBF/WBA CHAMPION – VACANT
LIGHTWEIGHT – 135 LBS
WBO / IBF / WBA CHAMPION – GEORGE KAMBOSOS JR
WBC – DEVIN HANEY
SUPER-FEATHERWEIGHT – 130 LBS
WBC CHAMPION – OSCAR VALDEZ
WBO CHAMPION – SHAKUR STEVENSON
IBF CHAMPION – KENICHI OGAWA
WBA CHAMPION – ROBERT GUTIERREZ
FEATHERWEIGHT – 126 LBS
WBC CHAMPION – MARK MAGSAYO
WBO CHAMPION – EMANUEL NAVARRETE
IBF CHAMPION – KIKO MARTINEZ
WBA CHAMPION – LEO SANTA CRUZ
SUPER-BANTAMWEIGHT – 122 LBS
IBF / WBA CHAMPION – MURODJON AKHMADALIEV
WBO / WBC CHAMPION – STEPHEN FULTON JR.
BANTAMWEIGHT – 118 LBS
IBF / WBA CHAMPION – NAOYA INOUE
WBO CHAMPION – JOHN RIEL CASIMERO
WBC CHAMPION – NONITO DONAIRE
SUPER-FLYWEIGHT – 115 LBS
WBC CHAMPION – JESSE RODRIGUEZ
IBF CHAMPION – FERNANDO MARTINEZ
WBO CHAMPION – KAZUTO IOKA
WBA CHAMPION – JUAN ESTRADA
FLYWEIGHT – 112 LBS
WBC CHAMPION – JC MARTINEZ
WBO CHAMPION – JUNTO NAKATANI
IBF CHAMPION – SUNNY EDWARDS
WBA CHAMPION – ARTEM DALAKIAN
LIGHT-FLYWEIGHT – 108 LBS
WBC CHAMPION – KENSHIRO TERAJI
WBO CHAMPION – ELWIN SOTO
IBF CHAMPION – FELIX ALVARADO
WBA CHAMPION – HIROTO KYAGUCHI
MINIMUMWEIGHT – 105 LBS
WBC CHAMPION – PANYA PRADABSRI
IBF CHAMPION – RENE CUARTO
WBO CHAMPION – WILFREDO MENDEZ
WBA CHAMPION – KNOCKOUT CP FRESHMART
The views expressed in this article are the opinions of Phil Jay.
WBN Editor Phil has over ten years of boxing news experience. Follow WBN on Twitter @WorldBoxingNews.