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Cancio Again Defeats Machado in California!

(photo Bayron Saavedra)

By: Samuel Rosenberg

(June 22nd) Andrew Cancio did not give Alberto Machado a chance to recover the super featherweight belt of the World Boxing Association, as he knocked him out in three rounds with a hook to the liver in the Golden Boy Promotions stellar battle from Fantasy Springs Casino of Indio, California.


With all the public supporting him, Cancio executed the plan of the previous fight early. He fought in close quarters, absorbing and sending punishment to Machado, under the logic that the body was the weakest point of the Puerto Rican and as he had thought; it worked.


After the blow, Machado put a knee on the canvas and did not get up at the count of ten of the referee, which caused the audience to explode in jubilation, thus specifying a bad night for Puerto Rican boxing, since in the semi-final fight Angel “Tito “Acosta had been stopped in round 12 by Mexican Elwin Soto.


Cancio came up with a couple of cuts (left and front brows), but without a doubt, he showed that the first result against Machado was no coincidence and he promised to continue working hard to retain the belt in coming matches.


He said: “my next fight can be with Rene Alvarado who is number one or with Jojo Diaz”.


This combat was transmitted in the United States by the DAZN online platform and for Latin America by Space Combate.

Promotion of Maestre vs Barraza Arrives in Bogota!

By: Jesús Milano.   

(June 3rd) Bogota will receive Gabriel Maestre an Jeovanis Barraza of the “Explosive Test” fight card for a press conference that will take place this Wednesday starting at 10:00am at the Radisson Hotel. The promotion of the fight between the Colombian Jeovanis “Meke” Barraza and the Venezuelan Gabriel Maestre, entered its strong point and the Colombian capital will witness what will come next July 6th at the Coliseo Sugar Baby Rojas, from Barranquilla.


Barraza and Maestre will fight for the Fedebol title of the World Boxing Association (WBA) of the super welterweight division. The man from Barranquilla is undefeated in 20 matches and has won 14 by knockout. He will face Gabriel Maestre of Venezuela, who will make his professional debut but is backed by a great career in the amateur field, which includes two Olympic Games and five World Boxing Championships, as well as medals in the Pan American Games.


The event will have the presence of the president of the WBA, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, and several of the fighters who will see action at the evening, which promises to be one of the most remembered throughout Colombia in the coming years.


In addition, the press conference will be broadcast via streaming through the WBA YouTube channel, which will allow it to have a wider reach and fans around the world can see the face to face between the “Meke” and the “Captain”.

Charr and Bryan

Come to An Agreement for Their WBA Fight!

By: Jesús Milano

(May 28th) The auction for the fight between heavyweight champion Manuel Charr and interim champ of the WBA, Trevor Bryan, was suspended after the two sides reached an agreement to fight for the belt of the World Boxing Association (WBA).


The dispute was scheduled for May 28th in Panama City, but the teams of the boxers informed that there was already a pact and that the fight will be held without the need to carry out the auction.


In an estimated period of 20 days the place, date, and conditions of the fight will be communicated between the native of Syria and the American who for months has been waiting for the opportunity to challenge the champion.


Charr will make the first defense of the belt he won against Alexander Ustinov in November 2017. The undefeated Bryan earned the right to face Charr after winning the interim belt in August of last year against BJ Flores and now wants to fight for the regular belt.


The Syrian native champion Charr has a record of 31 wins, 4 losses, and 17 knockouts while his undefeated challenger, Bryan, has a record of 20 wins, no losses, and 14 knockouts.

Cañizalez Dominated Kimura

and Consolidated at 108 Pounds!

 (photo Lizette De Los Santos)

By: Marcelino Castillo        

(May 26th) The Venezuelan Carlos “CCC” Cañizales dominated this Sunday in Fuzhou, China, the Japanese Sho Kimura and retained his Minimosca belt of the World Boxing Association (WBA) for the second time.


Cañizales showed all his carats, in a complicated fight at the beginning, product of the devilish patron who was exercising Kimura, who climbed into the ring with the intention of dethroning the Venezuelan, who never lost the north of his strategy and remained firm.


In general terms, the combat was very entertaining from beginning to end. When the half of the commitment arrived, the champion began to stand out, leaning on his school of boxing and movements. In the closing there were no surprises and Cañizalez continued to hurt Kimura with his left hand, which was already exhausted and without a fixed direction.


The Venezuelan pride will return home with an undefeated record of 22 wins, 1 draw and 17 knockouts.

Inoue Continues Knockout Streak with KO of Rodriguez!

By: Samuel Rosenberg     

(May 19th) Naoya Inoue scored his 18th professional victory and 16th via knockout at the 1:19 mark in the second round as he defended his World Boxing Association (WBA) World Bantamweight Title for the second time with a win over Emmanuel Rodriguez.


The fight took place at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, and was a semifinal bout in the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) for bantamweights, with Inoue coming in as the second seed in the tournament.


The fight was Inoues first in the tournament to go past the first round, as Rodriguez came out pressing the fight heavily, but Inoue would punish Rodriguez heavily in the second round as he knocked him down three times before the referee called an end to the bout.


Inoue continues to impress all boxing fans, as he came into the fight with similar destructions of longtime reigning WBA champion Jamie McDonnell in May of last year followed by Juan Carlos Payano in October of last year.


Inoue now looks to face Nonito Donaire in the final round of the World Boxing Super Series, who was onsite in Glasgow and came into the ring to praise Inoue after his impressive performance, with both fighters showing respect for one another and excited to square off in the final round to take home the WBA Title Belt as well as the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

Charr vs Bryan Purse Bid Rescheduled for May 28th!

By: Jesús Milano

(May 17th) The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee announced a new date for the purse bid to carry out the bout between Manuel Charr and Trevor Bryan for the World Heavyweight Title. The bid, originally scheduled for May 17, will now take place on the 28th at the offices of the WBA in Panama City.


The conditions of the auction will not change. The minimum amount for the organization of the bout is stipulated in US $1,000,000, while the minimum amount of participation will be US $15,000. The distribution wil be 75% for the champion, Charr, a native of Syria and of German nationality, and the remaining 25% will be for American Bryan, who owns the Interim Title of the division.


The Panamanian Aurelio Fiengo, deputy director of the Classifications Committee, will be directing the auction. Charr is champion since 2016 and will make the second defense of his belt after some time of suspension. For his part, Bryan earned the right to face him by getting the Interim Championship last year and becoming the mandatory challenger for the champion. All parties involved were duly notified about the changes in the auction and their presence is expected for the important event.

Championships Committee Orders Roman / Akhmadaliev!

By: Samuel Rosenberg     

(May 8th) World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Champion Daniel Roman will defend his title against Murodjon Akhmadaliev in his next fight. The Championships Committee ordered the fight against the mandatory challenger and communicated it to the champions team in a letter signed by the president of the committee, Carlos Chavez.


Within the WBA organization, the champion has the duty of defending his crown against the mandatory contender every 9 months. The last time Roman made a mandatory defense was on June 16th of 2018, when he beat Mexican native Moises Flores. The deadline for a new defense expired on March 15th, days before the American made his unification fight with T. J. Doheny.


Rule C.13 of the WBA states that the champion cannot fight with a rival other than the mandatory within 60 days after the lapse for the mandatory fight expires. Due to that, the entity has given a lapse of one month from this May 7th and until the end of June 6th for both parties to reach an agreement for the fight.


In the event that there is no agreement or any of those involved does not show interest in closing a deal, the WBA will have to call an auction to define the terms of the fight.

Davis-Nunez Ordered by the Championships Committee!

By: Samuel Rosenberg     

(May 8th) The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee ordered the mandatory fight between the Super Featherweight Super Champion, American Gervonta Davis, and the main challenger, Panamanian Ricardo Nunez. The champion has been duly notified and will be given a period of 30 days for both parties to reach an agreement.


The statutes of the organization give right to the president, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, as well as to the Committee of Championships, to give a period of mandatory defense at discretion. In the case of Davis, the deadline was 12 months, which has already been fulfilled and now he has the duty of facing the Central American challenger.


The date for the start of negotiations is May 7th and the period ends on June 6th. Failure to reach an agreement means that the fight will be sent to auction, for which both parties would be duly notified in relation to the points of date, place, and conditions.


Davis is Super Champion since April 21st of 2018. Since then, he has made only one exhibition of his belt against Mexican native Hugo Ruiz, whom he knocked out on February 19th.

Jarrett Hurd and Julian Williams Collide for the WBA Title!

By: Samuel Rosenberg     

(May 7th) Jarrett Hurd (23-0, 16KO’s) is set to defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) Super World Super Welterweight Title this Saturday, April 11th, against Julian Williams (26-1-1, 16KO’s). The fight will take place at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia and will be aired live on Fox and Fox Deportes. 


Hurd is coming off of a dominating performance over Jason Welborn via a fourth round knockout in December. This was his first fight after coming back from an injury, and now he is ready to step up in class against the dangerous Julian Williams.


Hurd won the title with an emphatic victory over Erislandy Lara in April of 2018, where he knocked down the Cuban native late in the fight to seal the victory in a highly contested matchup that produced excellent fireworks.


This will be Hurd’s second defense of the title as the WBA Super Champion and figures to be an excellent matchup between the champion as “the puncher” and the challenger as “the boxer” as Williams has shown a very slick style at times in the past.


Williams will be coming into the fight on a four fight winning streak after taking his first and only professional loss against Jermall Charlo in 2016. This is most certainly his biggest fight to date and most important fight of his career.

Regis Prograis Is the WBA Boxer of the Month!

By: Samuel Rosenberg     

(May 1st) The World Boxing Association (WBA) published its monthly ranking and the distinctions for the month of April. The American Regis Prograis was awarded with the distinction of Boxer of the Month, while Daniel Roman obtained the honorable mention after his excellent performances during the same time period.


Regis Prograis earned the honor of boxer of the month as his power was too much for Kiryl Relikh at the Cajun Dome in Lafayette, Louisiana, to handle. Prograis knocked out the former champion to win the Super Lightweight belt of the World Boxing Association (WBA). He scored the technical knockout against the Belarussian during the semifinal of the World Boxing Super Series.


Prograis showed his superiority in the very first round, when a blow to the liver damaged the European and sent him to the canvas. From that moment on, Prograis had the upper hand and although Relikh stood up with courage and worked toe to toe at times, he was overwhelmed in all aspects by the left-handed fighter.


The boxer from Louisiana had the patience to demolish his opponent little by little. Also, he had to work with caution as he had a dangerous man in front of him in Relikh, who did not stop being dangerous at any time of the fight. The counterattacks to the area of the liver were vital and at the height of the sixth round. After another forceful blow to that area, the referee decided that it was not worth continuing for the Belarusian.


Prograis is now in the WBSS finals and is the new WBA Champion, while his balance remains immaculate in 24 fights, of which he has won 20 via knockout.


In the case of Roman for honorable mention, he beat T. J. Doheny at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The local fighter proved superior in the unification bout and retained his WBA super bantamweight title for the fourth time. Roman managed to knock down his opponent on a couple of occasions and made it clear that he is one of the most important fighters of the division in the entire world.


The WBA congratulates the winners and invites fans to review the ranking lists on the agency’s web portal.

Gilberto Jesus Mendoza Awards the WBA Title to Can Xu!

By: Samuel Rosenberg     

(March 29th) President of the World Boxing Association (WBA) Gilberto Jesus Mendoza has awarded the Featherweight world title to Can Xu today Thursday March 28th in China. The event also consisted of the presence of the former boxing superstar and current promoter Oscar de la Hoya.


The Chinese warrior secured his championship this past 26th of January 2019, when he defeated Puerto Rican Jesus Rojas by a wide unanimous decision with scores of : 117-111, 116-112, and 118-110. This ratifies the continuous development of boxing in the massive hub that is the Asian market directly promoted by the organization of the WBA.


“This reflects that champions are constructed with hard work. We opened for business in china in 2016 and since then we have a great Chinese champion in Can Xu, Although already being a great young gladiator we are sure he will continue to improve”, affirmed the man on top of the hierarchy of the WBA.


Can Xu is 25 years of age and so far has had a great career above the ring with 18 fights and 16 of those fights won and 2 coming by the way of knockout. He has also tasted defeat having lost 2 of those 18 fights as well. Those 2 losses came within his first year as a professional having fought 5 times in total. Since then he has climbed his way up with 13 consecutive wins and capturing not only the WBA championship but the WBA Oceania and the WBA international championships as well.


Without a doubt this ratifies the politics of the WBA with Gilberto Jesus Mendoza at the forefront of the organization to develop in other regions and augment the level of boxing to have various other countries count on great champions.

Gilberto Mendoza Festival

Starts This Saturday in Venezuela!

By: Samuel Rosenberg     

(March 21st) The third annual Gilberto Mendoza Festival will begin this Saturday March 23rd in Maracay, Venezuela. The event that takes place every year since the death of the President Emeritus of the World Boxing Association (WBA) had to be postponed initially due to the blackouts that occurred a week ago in the South American country but the festival now has a new start date.


The Yesterday Recreational Center in Turmero will have a day of amateur boxing in the afternoon, while in the evening there will be a professional boxing card. Those will be the first events to kick off the festival this Saturday and they will be accompanied by other amateur boxing programs in the state.


The event will run until March 30th and will have at minimum a boxing schedule in each state of the country. On Monday the action will be in Anzoategui, Amazonas, Nueva Esparta and Portuguesa, while the rest of the week will also be important fights that will take place in Caracas, Carabobo, and Miranda. For its part, the closure could not be in Barquisimeto, birthplace of Mendoza.


The Gilberto Mendoza Festival has grown considerably year after year. It is celebrated every March in commemoration of his death and his birthday. The WBA has supported the initiative and has worked together with different associations and promoters for the development of the event over the years.

Auction for Usyk-Lebedev Will Be on March 28th!

By: Samuel Rosenberg     

(March 20th) The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee has scheduled the auction for the fight between the Super Cruiserweight Champion Oleksandr Usyk and challenger Denis Lebedev next Thursday, March 28th, at the offices of the Ocean Business Plaza, the Aquilino de la Guardia Avenue, in Panama City.


All the parties involved were duly notified and their presence is expected to dispute the rights of the fight between the Ukrainian champion and the Russian champion in recess. The bid, which will take place at 11:00 AM local time, will have a participation amount of $ 10,000, while the minimum amount to be offered will be $400,000.


The purse split will be distributed in 75% for Usyk, while the remaining 25% will be for Lebedev. The continental director of the WBA, Panamanian native Aurelio Fiengo, will be in charge of directing the auction which was initially scheduled for March 12th but had to be postponed for logistical reasons.


Usyk is one of the best pound-for-pound of today and is preparing for the second defense of his belt. Lebedev is the champion in recess since 2017, with the Russian having the right to face the champion of the World Boxing Super Series, which Usyk won over Murat Gassiev last year.

WBA Will Start Boxing Broadcasts

Via Streaming in Latin America!

By: Samuel Rosenberg     

(March 13th) The commitment of the World Boxing Association (WBA) to the development of young talent and the expansion of pugilism around the world is one of the most important goals of the organization. To continue work in this regard, the agency will start broadcasts of boxing billboards in Colombia and other places in Latin America, which will begin this Friday with an evening of “Fire in the ring”, which will be held in Barranquilla.


The initiative is, among other goals, to support the Latin American fighters, who will have a large audience through the streaming broadcasts that the WBA will make through its official website,


The billboard with which this project will start will take place at the Coliseo Baby Sugar Rojas. The program will start at 6:00 p.m. and will have several young talents from the area, among the fighters who will go up to the ring to entertain the audience.


The agency hopes to increase the number of broadcasts in the following months and expand the activity throughout the continent, but with the intention that it can reach the entire world thanks to the use of its website. The WBA trusts that the showcase will help the fighters get better opportunities and have more exposure in order to enter markets where nowadays it is otherwise difficult for them to reach despite their talents.

Gilberto Mendoza and His Legacy in Boxing!

By: Samuel Rosenberg     

(March 11th) Gilberto Mendoza was one of the greatest representatives of the World Boxing Association (WBA). The oldest sanctioning body in the world remembers its president Emeritus in this month of March, when three years will have passed since he left. However, Mr. Mendoza transcended beyond the body he directed from 1982 to 2015 and was a great reference for boxing and sports in general.


He always focused on sports and tried to provide a great show for boxing from the position in which he had to cooperate for world boxing. But Mendoza was a visionary and a man concerned about all aspects, beyond the sport itself.


Originally from Barquisimeto, Venezuela, he always saw very closely what happened to youth in his country and around the world. The problem of drugs worried Mendoza a lot during his life and for that reason he decided to find a way to face the situation through boxing.


The creation of the “KO a las Drogas” program was one of the standards of Mendoza, who began to take boxing cards to the most remote places in the world and to attract young talent, which he took off the streets to put in the world of sport. The project was successful and today it continues to be carried out with the same energy and great results that Mr. Mendoza predicted, which is a commitment for the WBA.


Mendoza is also responsible for reducing the number of rounds from 15 to 12, a decisive decision to reduce the risk suffered by fighters and a measure that was later adopted by all the organizations in the world.


Another important project of Mr. Mendoza was to eliminate the racial discrimination of boxing in South Africa, in which he put great effort and work into with among other great names working hand in hand with Nelson Mandela.


Mendoza changed boxing forever and implements the modern classification lists, which are used by all the world entities. The world remembers the legacy of President Emeritus and appreciates his infinite contribution to sports.

WBA Regrets the Death of Former Champion

Eusebio “El Alacran” Pedroza!

By: Samuel Rosenberg     

(March 1st) The World Boxing Association, its president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, and all of its Executive Committee lament the death of former Panamanian world champion Eusebio “El Alacran” Pedroza.


Pedroza died at 62 years of age. Initially he was confined in the hospital struggling with pancreatic cancer, but later he was sent home where he continued to fight until the final bell rang early this morning on the first of March.


The WBA sends its most sincere words and condolences to the family and friends of the Panamanian legend, who was a worthy World Champion and above all a great human being.


Pedroza was champion of the WBA between the years 1978 and 1985 at featherweight – a very long and illustrious reign. In that period, Pedroza carried out the historical sum of 19 defenses, showing a great domain over the ring thanks to his good boxing, punching, and technique.


May the Hall of Famer and legend Rest In Peace.

Eusebio Pedroza: The Beast with 19 Defenses!

By: Jesús Milano

(March 1st) If Panama can boast about something in boxing is that they have more than only one leading figure in their history. The pugilism of that Central American country is full of legends. When we review the names of those who have made the country proud, Eusebio Pedroza is one of the most distinguished and beloved ones. The “Alacrán” (scorpion) is an idol in Panama, and people mourn him due to his personality, but also for everything he gave to the sport.


Being 5’9” (1.73m) in height, he was a very tall man for the featherweight division, and he combined his body with a frightening technical ability. His career lasted 19 years from 1973 to 1992, ending with 48 professional bouts, some of them in the bantamweight division, but the most important and glorious bouts were in the 126-pound category of the featherweight division.


The most important and prominent number in the career of the native of Panama City is 19, which was the number of times in which he defended the World Boxing Association (WBA) Title.


When he won the Title in 1978, he was 22 years old and he needed 13 rounds to knock out the Spanish boxer Cecilio Lastra. That was his second fight in a World Championship, since he had missed an opportunity in the 118 pounds category before gaining the weight in which he would later achieve his greatest feats. The streak of 19 successful defenses surprisingly lasted 7 years, during this period he had 22 bouts, the Title was not being competed in two of them and one bout ended as “no contest.”


When he lost the title in 1985, he arrived in London for a fight everybody would remember. Barry McGuigan was the boxer who could beat the beast and did so supported by 27,000 fans that assisted, mostly Irish compatriots, having the extra responsibility to serve as a unifying factor in a political and social struggle that his nation was suffering at that time. The fight was tough and finished after 15 rounds. Still as of today, McGuigan is aware that he won with his heart and even Pedroza remembered it as one of the most important of his record, regardless it was a defeat for him.


The fight marked the retirement of the big billboards for Pedroza, although he had five additional fights, he never opted for the title again. On that road towards the end of his career, he won three times and lost twice. Pedroza was knocked out only three times in his career, but he struck down 25 opponents demonstrating his power and endurance. Currently, the World Boxing has to say goodbye to a legend and member of the Hall of Fame.


Thanks for everything, Champ!

WBA Calls Auction for Yafai vs Jimenez!

By: Samuel Rosenberg     

(February 27th) The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee called an auction by the teams of Englishman Khalid Yafai, the current Super Flyweight Champion of the organization, and Dominican Norbelto Jimenez, number one ranked at 115-pounds.


The bid is scheduled for March 12th at the offices of the WBA in Panama City. It will have a minimum price of $ 80,000 to be distributed as follows: 75% for the champion and 25% for the challenger, with the manager to direct the auction being Panamanian native Aurelio Fiengo.


Yafai is Super Flyweight Champion of the WBA since 2016, when he defeated Luis “El Nica” Concepcion. He has since defended his title four times. His record is 25 wins, no losses, and 15 knockouts. On the other hand, Norbelto Jimenez is ranked number one in the WBA rankings and has not been defeated since 2011. His resume consists of 29 wins, 8 losses, 4 draws, and 16 knockouts.


Both parties were duly notified of the auction and have an obligation to be familiar with the regulations of the WBA.

United States, United Kingdom,

And Japan Lead the WBA Rankings!

By: Samuel Rosenberg     

(February 5th) The Classification Association of the World Boxing Association (WBA) offered important details about the rankings and their statistical summary for the month of January. The section on the presence of boxers by country is one of the most relevant. In this area, United States is highlighted as the territory with the most fighters in the ranked lists.


The Americans have a total of 39 boxers in the rankings for January. Of those 39 classified, 5 are world champions of the pioneer organization.


The United States is followed by the United Kingdom, with 19 fighters. The British have 3 world champions. For its part, Japan also has 19 gladiators in the rankings, of which 2 are owners of titles.


As far as Latin America is concerned, Venezuela stands out, with 18 fighters represented in the lists, while Mexico and the Dominican Republic follow suit with 11 fighters classified for each. Other countries also stand out in the global sphere, such as Russia, which has 16 presences in the ranking, in addition to Australia (11) and the Philippines (10).


January had a total of four championship fights, all developed in US territory and with the presence of fighters of five nationalities, among which are the United States, Puerto Rico, China, Sweden and the Philippines. This was highlighted by the title defense of Manny Pacquiao, who defeated Adrien Broner in Las Vegas on November 19th, winning the Boxer of the Month award.


All the title matches were decided by the scorecards, in a demonstration of well matched the fights were. There were three unanimous decisions and a majority decision, while in two of the fights the titles were retained by the champions while in one fight there was a vacant title won. In the remaining fight there was an upset win with the title changing hands to Can Xu, who beat Jesus Rojas.

Pacquiao Is the WBA Boxer of the Month!

By: Samuel Rosenberg     

(February 1st) The World Boxing Association (WBA) Classifications Committee announced its rankings for January, which includes the 15 best boxers in the 17 weight divisions. Only these boxers have the possibility of aspiring to a world title fight within their respective divisions.


The “Boxer of the Month” distinction for the month of January was awarded to Manny Pacquiao, who beat Adrien Broner to retain his WBA World Welterweight Champion status.


Manny Pacquiao retained his World Boxing Association (WBA) Welterweight Title over Adrien Broner via unanimous decision, with the scorecards reading 117-111, 116-112, and 116-112.


Manny showed flashes of his old self in the fight as he still has very quick hands at the age of 40 years old, as he was able to put combinations together and outwork and out-hustled his much younger opponent.


Manny looks forward to big fights in the future now that he is signed with Premier Boxing Champions, which has a wealth talent in and around his weight class.


The WBA congratulates the Filipino senator and still-active boxing champion on a great showing and still prosperous career at the ripe age of 40 years old.


The honorable mention for the boxer of the month is the Chinese native Can Xu. Xu came in as an underdog against the then champion Jesus Rojas on January 26th and managed to dethrone him at the Toyota Center, Houston, Texas. It was just the second time the Asian native had fought in the United States and already he has made it clear that he is a brave fighter who will do everything he can to win with the belt on the line.


The WBA congratulates both fighters for their awards of the month and invites them to visit their official website to review the division by division rankings.

The WBA Will Hold Four Purse Bids on February 6th!

By: Samuel Rosenberg     

(January 29th) The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee reported that there has been changes in the purse bids announced for Monday, February 4th, as one more fight has been added and it will take place on Wednesday, February 6th, at the WBA offices located in Panama City at 11:00 am.


The bids that will place that day will be: Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Anthony Crolla for the title lightweight title currently held by Lomachenko, Beibut Shumenov vs. Arsen Goulamirian for the cruiserweight title currently held by Shumenov, Daniel Roman vs. Murodjon Akhmadaliev for the super bantamweight title currently held by Roman and Trevor Bryan vs Jarrel Miller for the interim Heavyweight title currently held by Trevor Bryan.


The percentages of the auction will be distributed as follows: 75% for the champion and 25% for the challenger in the case of 135 and 122 pounds. While at 200 pounds the champion will have 55% and the challenger 45%, the heavyweight bid will be announced soon.


The minimum purse bid per weight class is the following: $200,000 for cruiserweight, $150,000 for lightweight, $120,000 for super bantamweight and $600,000 for interim Heavyweight.

Figueroa Knocks Out Flores in Los Angeles!

(photo credit Lester Silva)

(January 14th) Texas native Brandon “The Heartbreaker” Figueroa dominated by technical knockout in three rounds Moises “Chucky” Flores in the World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight title eliminator bout held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.


At the sound of the bell Figueroa went out to fight and immediately hurt Flores with blows to the face and stomach. In the third round the fight was suddenly over, as the American sent his opponent to the canvas on two occasions forcing the referee to step in and stop the fight.


With this victory Figueroa is placed as a challenger to the regular crown of the WBA that the Mexican-American champion Daniel Roman has held for two years.

Alberto Reyes of Cleto Reyes, Passes!

By: Samuel Rosenberg

(January 3rd) The World Boxing Association (WBA) regrets the death of Alberto Reyes, owner of the historic Mexican company Cleto Reyes gloves, which were used in a number of fights of the black and gold title organization through many decades.


Mr. Reyes branded the company with his father in 1975 and officially founded it in 1979, the their globes now being dispersed across the world on nearly every continent.


Reyes globes were used by many great fighters, too many to list, but notably Muhammad Ali, Julio Cesar Chavez, Roberto Duran, Mike Tyson, and many many more.


The WBA deeply regrets the departure of a great man of boxing and a great contributor to the development of the pugilistic discipline. May he Rest In Peace.

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