World Boxing Association President Gilberto Mendoza confirmed he recently met with the IBF.
The attendance came after WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman criticized Mendoza for not following an agreed mandatory protocol.
Mendoza outlined the need for unity following Sulaiman’s comments.
“World Boxing Association (WBA) President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza attended the invitation to the International Boxing Federation Convention being held in Long Beach, California,” said the WBA.
“Mendoza has been at the organization’s event and has had the opportunity to participate in various activities, in addition to holding a meeting with the president of the IBF, Daryl Peoples, to discuss different issues concerning the current world boxing and continue working on different aspects for the discipline.
“The president of the pioneer organization has insisted that boxing needs unity and a joint action plan to continue growing and moving in the right direction. For this reason, he continues to strengthen ties with leaders and seek agreements that benefit the discipline.”
WORLD BOXING COUNCIL PROBLEM
Previously, speaking to Sky Sports, Sulaiman had outlined the problem.
“The issue here is we had an agreement. We met in Puerto Rico, the four presidents, Paco Valcarcel, Daryl Peoples, Gilberto Mendoza, and myself, and we had an agreement,” Sulaiman said.
“We sat down, and we discussed that division. I was clear that [Jack] Catterall, as WBO mandatory, was next. Zepeda, as WBC mandatory, was next, and then the IBF mandatory was next.
“For some strange reason, the WBA simply went out and ordered another fight. Now they have taken away the title from Josh Taylor, or Josh relinquished.
“Whichever may be, but it’s very unfortunate.
“We want to keep the mandatory unified champions. We want to have mandatory contenders that are of the highest level, but we will see what happens next.”
It’s not the first time Mendoza faced accusations of going off on his own tangent. The WBA did so again with the sanctioning of a heavyweight title eliminator.
Despite the secondary strap getting phased out, as promised by Mendoza, he confirmed Hughie Fury vs. Michael Hunter as a final eliminator.
This scenario only serves to prolong the belt being in circulation.
The views expressed in this article are the opinions of Phil Jay.
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