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Why Gervonta Davis and Josh Taylor are not on the boxing champions list

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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

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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

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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

Jack Catterall undisputed beat Josh Taylor

LIGHTWEIGHT – 135 LBS

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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

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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.