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Correa Knocked Out Acosta

And Is the New WBA-Fedecaribe Champion!

By: Jesús Milano

(September 16th) Jesus Correa gave a demonstration of strength in Aguascalientes, Mexico, and defeated Mexican Jesus Acosta by technical knockout in the sixth round to win the World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedecaribe Super Welterweight belt on Wednesday.

 

The Venezuelan brought out his best power punches and made it clear from the opening bell who was the strongest in the ring. Correa knocked his opponent down in the first round with a right to the head and from then on showed his dominance at all times.

 

Although Acosta was brave and aggressive, he could not find a way to get inside the visitor’s humanity and was taking punishment as the rounds went by.

 

Correa connected good hooks to the liver area and combined them with punches to the face but also could not get Acosta in trouble again, who kept looking for a way to change the course of the fight.

 

In the sixth round, Correa came out with a different attitude and determined to finish the fight. He considerably increased his punch volume and after several power punches he sent Acosta to the canvas again. The Mexican got up but the Venezuelan got on top of him and forced the local corner to throw the towel into the ring for the third man in the ring to stop the actions.

 

Correa got his 14th career victory, all wins by knockout, while Acosta dropped his record to 15 wins, 4 setbacks, 1 draw and 10 knockouts.

Yerbossynuly Knocked Out Allen

In a WBA Super Middleweight Eliminator!

By: Jesús Milano

(September 13th) Aidos Yerbossynuly knocked out Lennox Allen in the tenth round to win their World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight eliminator fight held Sunday at the Nursultan Jekpe-Jek Arena in Astana, Kazakhstan.

 

The strong local fighter had to work hard against an opponent who did not make it easy for him at any time. In fact, the Guyanese stood toe to toe and hit Yerbossynuly hard during several passages of the fight.

 

It was a fight with many exchanges and good action that the Kazakh knew how to solve thanks to his strength. In fact, Allen had hurt the local fighter at the beginning of the tenth round, but the winner was able to keep his cool and regain his dominance.

 

In an action in which Yerbossynuly had Allen against the ropes, he was able to connect a right straight followed by a left hook and sent him to the canvas. The Guyanese, visibly beaten, heard the referee’s count with no desire to get up. It was the first time Allen had received a knockout in his career.

 

Yerbossynuly, 29, remains undefeated in 16 fights, 11 of them won before the limit. For his part, Allen dropped his record to 22 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw and 14 knockouts.

Ugas Is WBA Boxer of the Month!

By: Jesús Milano

(September 1st) Cuban Yordenis Ugás was named Boxer of the Month by the World Boxing Association (WBA) thanks to his great performance on August 21st against legend Manny Pacquiao, while Joshua Franco received the Honorable Mention for his victory over Andrew Moloney.

 

The pioneer organization released its August rankings with many important changes, like the fact that all interim championships became vacant and Gold champions are no longer on top of the lists, but occupy a spot in the rankings.

 

Ugas reaffirmed himself as the WBA Welterweight Super Champion by retaining his belt for the first time against Pacquiao at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Cuban boxer used a perfect strategy to limit the Filipino’s attack and was able to win a unanimous decision in a historic fight for Cuban boxing.

 

On the other hand, Franco defeated Moloney on August 14th in Tulsa, Oklahoma City. The San Antonio native fought for 12 rounds to retain his Super Flyweight belt and thanks to his victory he was now named mandatory challenger to the winner of Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman Gonzalez, who will fight for the 115-pound Super Championship in the near future.

 

It was a month of hard work for the Championships Committee and President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. The changes are reflected in the rankings, whose details can be seen in the corresponding section of the WBA website.

Sanmartin Overwhelmed Carmona

And Won the WBA-Fedecentro Belt!

(all photos Majo Gómez)

 

By: Jesús Milano

(August 29th) José Luis Sanmartín became the new World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedecentro super bantamweight champion by defeating veteran David Carmona in a great performance this Friday night in Mexico City.

 

Sanmartin was in the main event of the evening organized by Producciones Deportivas and was able to get a great victory for his career. Sanmartin won the unanimous decision on the judges’ scorecards of 98-90, 97-92 and 98-92.

 

In addition to his good boxing and the order he kept in the ring, the “General” knew how to assert his power and knocked down the Mexican twice to leave no doubt about his victory.

 

The Barranquilla native will now look for better opportunities after this international victory, which will help him climb up the rankings.

 

Sanmartin’s record improved to 32 wins, 5 losses, 1 draw and 20 knockouts, while Carmona dropped his record to 22 wins, 9 losses, 5 draws and 9 knockouts.

John Lenon Gutierrez

Knocked Out In His Second Pro Fight

(all photos Majo Gómez)

By: Jesús Milano

Latin American Olympic fighters continue working their way up in professional boxing as Colombian John Lenon Gutierrez who defeated Brian Ortega on Friday night in Mexico City.

 

Lenon is one of the South American country’s top talents and participated in the WBA Future Champions camp over a year ago. The lightweight made a great fight fighting one on one with the Mexican but managed to impose his strength and his high volume of punches to make him succumb at the third round.

 

The 27-year-old fighter won his second professional bout after making his debut last December in his native country. It was his first international experience and he had no problems with the pressure of being away from home, which speaks to his mettle and focus.

 

Of his two victories, one has been by knockout, while Ortega was making his debut in professional boxing.

WBA Orders Saludar-Rosa Fight, Wood-Conlan

The Winner Will Go vs. Santa Cruz!

By: Press WBA

(August 28th) The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee ordered the bout between Minimumweight Champion, Filipino Vic Saludar and Dominican Erick Rosa Pacheco, who was the Interim 105-pound champion and now became the mandatory challenger.

 

The mandatory fight is the first one to come out of the decision to vacate all the interim belts of the pioneer organization in favor of the championship reduction plan launched a few weeks ago.

 

Pursuant to WBA rule C.12, a champion who has just won a vacant title must defend his belt against the next leading available contender within 120 days after the date he became champion. Saludar won his belt on February 20th and his mandatory period expired on June 20th, so he must fight the former interim champion, and now official challenger, Erick Rosa.

 

On the other hand, WBA Rule C.13 – Bout Limitations, states that the champion cannot fight an opponent who is not the official challenger within 60 days after the expiration of his mandatory defense period.

 

Taking into account those points of the interim rules, the committee granted the parties a 30-day negotiation period starting on August 27th, 2021, and that period will close on September 26th at the end of the day.

 

Should the parties fail to reach an agreement or any of them show unwillingness to make the fight, the WBA may put the fight up for purse bids with a 55% split for Champion Saludar, and 45% for Rosa.

 

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee ordered the mandatory fight between British featherweight champion Leigh Wood and former interim champion Michael Conlan of Ireland. The winner of the bout will become the mandatory challenger to WBA super champion Leo Santa Cruz.

 

The bout was ordered under the WBA rules, specifically rules C.12 and C.13. The former explains that the champion must defend against the next leading available contender within 120 days from the date on which he won the crown.

 

Wood became champion last July 31, so his mandatory should take place by November 30 and in this case he will have to face Conlan.

 

Rule C.13 states that the champion cannot fight a fighter other than the official challenger within 60 days after the expiration of his mandatory defense period.

 

The entity sent the communication to both teams, who will have 30 days to negotiate. The period will begin this August 28 and will end on September 27. If the parties do not reach an agreement, the WBA will open the fight to purse bid with a purse split of 55% for Wood and 45% for Conlan.

Gary Shaw Is the New

Chief Of Staff Of the WBA Directorate!

By: Jesús Milano

(August 27th) Gary Shaw was named “Chief of Staff” of the World Boxing Association (WBA) Directorate and advisor to the pioneer body’s president, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza.

 

The appointment was announced during an online press conference with WBA welterweight super champion Yordenis Ugas, where Shaw was present along with Mendoza to make the appointment official.

 

Shaw is a man of boxing who has done great things from various roles on the world stage. He comes to the WBA as an experienced figure who will bring his knowledge to guide the body in its current goals and in the systematic development of the sport.

 

The WBA celebrates the arrival of the American to its ranks and everyone in the team is eager to work hand in hand with a great connoisseur of the sport as he is.

WBA Interim Championships Will Be Vacated!

By WBA Press

(August 25th) The World Boxing Association (WBA) decided to leave without effect the interim championships of the organization through a resolution published on Wednesday, August 25th, while the Gold Champions will no longer appear “above the rankings”. Instead, they will occupy a place in it among the rated boxers.

 

The decision was taken by the Championships Committee and is another step in the plan to reduce titles that was announced by the president of the organization, Gilberto Jesús Mendoza, a few weeks ago.

 

After a thorough analysis of each division, the WBA has announced several mandatory fights and box-offs between selected fighters. While the interim championships are no longer in effect and the interim title fights that had been approved will now be eliminator fights, the WBA has also announced a number of mandatory and box-off fights between selected fighters.

 

The resolution explains the rules on which the body relies to make the recent decisions. First, it cites rule C.14, which states that both fighters and promoters must know the rules of the WBA, in addition to the resolutions or decisions of the committees. Rule C.29 states that the Championships Committee may select a mandatory challenger for each division or it may be done via elimination fights. The selection may be subject to conditions, but generally, the highest rated boxer in the division or the regional champion ranked in the top five will qualify to be named an official contender, unless he is not available to fight.

 

On the other hand, rules C.30 and C.31, which are related, state that the chairman of the Championships Committee may notify the two highest available contenders or the highest ranked regional champions, or a combination thereof, of their obligation to fight an elimination bout. Alternatively, a box-off between four ranked boxers may be ordered to determine the official challenger in a category.

 

The Chairman of the Championships Committee may grant a period of 30 days to reach an agreement in cases of elimination bouts or a Box-off and if no agreement is reached, a purse bid will be called, as explained in rule C.32.

 

Rule C.33, which shall be expressly applicable, states that if a boxer refuses to participate in a mandatory fight, an elimination bout or a box-off, his title may become vacant, or he may be demoted or eliminated from the rankings.

 

Based on the rules detailed above, the now former interim champions will no longer defend the titles. At the discretion of the President and the Championships Committee, they will be considered as mandatory contenders to the world champion of the division, either to fight for the championship as an official challenger directly or, depending on the case, to participate in a Box-off elimination bout to determine the official challenger.

 

Once designated as the official challenger, the boxer may be allowed to participate in other bouts subject to the approval of the Committee in accordance with WBA Rule C.13, Limitations of Bouts.

 

In the case of reigning Gold champions, they will no longer appear “above the rankings”; however, they will occupy a place in the lists as from the next world ranking. They will be ranked just below the former interim champion or the official challenger, while they may be ordered to participate in eliminations or box-offs depending on the division.

 

Gold champions and regional champions who are not mandatory challengers or will not be participating in an eliminator or box-off, may be allowed to participate in title defenses, all with the prior approval of the committee.

 

The Championships Committee can still order mandatory defenses of the Gold Championship or the regional championship. The resolution sent out Wednesday supersedes any of those issued in the past and helps advance the WBA’s world championship reduction plan.

WBA World Championships Bulletin

Plan To Reduce World Titles!

(August 23rd) The World Boxing Association (WBA) started its plan to reduce world titles, which began in August with different decisions made by the Championships Committee in favor of world boxing.

 

To date, different cases have been resolved and other cases are still being worked on. Some of the decisions that have been made are:

 

August 10th, 2021

Via resolution No. 2021081010, the Championships Committee approved the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Yordenis Ugas, which will take place on August 21st in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the Welterweight Super Championship.

 

August 10th, 2021

The following mandatory fight was called to purse bids on August 23rd:

Cruiserweight category, Arsen Goulamiriam (Super Champion) vs.  Alexei Egorov (Gold Champion).

 

August 12th, 2021

After the controversy arising from the Gabriel Maestre vs. Mykal Fox fight held on August 7th, 2021, the president of the WBA, via Presidential Resolution No. 20210812, made the following decisions:

1. Requesting the Minnesota Boxing Commission to declare the Maestre-Fox fight a No-Contest.

2. Declaring the title vacant and ordering a direct rematch between Maestre and Fox. Negotiations must begin immediately, or a purse bid will be called in 14 days, with a split of 50% for each boxer.

3. The WBA does not tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind.

 4. Suspending Gloria Martínez indefinitely for racist comments.

 

August 14, 2021

The Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association has decided to cancel the approval of the Interim Championships that were approved to date.

The WBA Championships Committee will study on a case-by-case basis which Interim Champions will be ordered to fight the Champions.

 

August 16th, 2021

A communication was sent to Brandon Figueroa, informing him that the World Championships Committee has not received a request for his fight against Stephen Fulton on September 18th; so the fight has not been sanctioned. Therefore, if they proceed with the aforementioned fight, the Super Bantamweight title will be declared vacant, according to rule C.10.

 

August 16th, 2021

A communication was sent to Joshua Franco informing him that after his victory against Andrew Moloney on August 14th, he has been designated as the mandatory challenger of the winner of the fight for the Super Flyweight Super Championship between Juan F. Estrado and Román González to be held on October 16th.

 

August 18th, 2021

A reminder was sent to Hiroto Kyoguchi (Super Champion) and Esteban Bermúdez (World Champion) of the order to negotiate their mandatory fight, sent on June 10th. Due to the fact that to date no response has been received, they were given a period of 10 days (August 28th, 2021) to send the contracts, if no response is received, it will be called to purse bids. The split will be 65% for Kyoguchi and 35% for Bermúdez.

 

August 18th, 2021

A reminder was sent to David Morrell (champion) and John Ryder (official challenger) of the order to negotiate their mandatory fight, sent on July 7th. Due to the fact that to date no response has been received, they were given a period of 10 days (August 28th, 2021) to send the contracts. If no response is received, it will be called to purse bids.

 

August 18th, 2021

A communication was sent to Artem Dalakian, Flyweight Champion, and Luis Concepción, Interim Champion of the division, informing them of their obligation to negotiate their mandatory fight. The Committee granted them a 30-day period to negotiate, which ends on September 18th.

 

August 18th, 2021

A special permission request was received from Frank Warren-Queensberry Promotion, Daniel Dubois’ representative, to fight Joe Cusumano on August 29th, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dalakian vs Concepción Was Ordered

ByThe WBA Championships Committee!

By: Press WBA

(August 19th) The Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association (WBA) ordered the fight between the body’s Flyweight Champion, Ukrainian Artem Dalakian, and the Interim champion, Panamanian Luis Concepción.

 

The pioneer organization sent the communication to both teams to start the negotiations of the fight.

 

In accordance with Championships Rule C.11, the champion must defend the title against the official contender within nine months from the date the title was obtained.

 

Dalakian’s last mandatory fight was on June 15th, 2019 and the deadline for the next one was due on March 14th, 2020. For this reason, he must fight Concepción.

 

On the other hand, WBA Rule C.13 – Bout Limitations, says that the champion cannot fight a boxer who is not the mandatory contender within sixty (60) days of the expiration of the mandatory defense period.

 

Based on the above, a thirty (30) day negotiation period was ordered as of August 19th, 2021, which will close on September 18th.

 

If both teams do not reach an agreement within the established period or one of the parties does not show the will to negotiate, the Championships Committee may call to purse bids under the rules and conditions of the WBA.

Gutiérrez Beat Alvarado

And Retained His WBA Crown In Frisco!

By: Jesús Milano

(August 14th) Roger Gutiérrez retained his World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Featherweight crown by defeating René Alvarado by unanimous decision this Saturday night at The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

 

The Venezuelan got cards of 116-112, 116-112, and 115-113, making this his first defense of the 130-pound championship in his third fight against the Nicaraguan.

 

The native of Zulia, Venezuela, came from snatching the belt from Alvarado on January 2nd in an action-packed fight in which he knocked down the Central American three times and beat him in a close decision at the end.

 

This time the fight did not have as much action as their previous one but “The Kid” fought with a lot of strategy to keep his opponent away and was able to connect him with the strongest blows in counterattack to win most of the rounds.

 

The 26-year-old now has 26 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw, and 20 KOs, while Alvarado has 32 wins, 9 losses, and 21 KOs.

Mike Perez Knocked Out Salam

 To WIn the WBA Inter-Continental Belt!

By: Jesús Milano

(August 14th) Cuban Mike Perez returned to the ring to fight for the World Boxing Association (WBA) Inter-Continental cruiserweight title and proved he still has his power by knocking out Tony Salam in three rounds at the Atlantis, The Palm Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

 

The 35-year-old fighter scored a third-round technical knockout over a gritty African challenger and captured the pioneer organization’s regional belt with a resounding and convincing performance.

 

After taking a break since 2018 and having to endure inactivity due to the pandemic, the West Indian has new challenges in his career and the most important one is to fight for a world title.

 

The fight was a good sign for Perez, who faced an opponent with a good punching power and who came with three wins in a row.

 

Perez improved his record to 25 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw and 16 knockouts, while Salam dropped his to 14 wins, 3 losses and 9 knockouts

Raymond Ford Won the WBA-Continental Belt

With a Great Victory Over Bellotti!

By: Jesús Milano

(August 14th) Raymond Ford had a great performance in the undercard of Matchroom’s Fight Camp Week 3 this Saturday and conquered the Continental Featherweight title of the World Boxing Association (WBA) by defeating the British Reece Bellotti by TKO in the third round.

 

Ford made his second professional fight in England and his first since 2019. The 22-year-old encountered an aggressive opponent in Bellotti but was able to decipher his rival fast to win early in the fight.

 

The American knew how to walk the ring and attack his opponent with combinations. In the third round, he connected Bellotti on a counterattack and put him in a vulnerable condition, he went on the attack and, given the amount of punches he was connecting, the referee decided that it was enough.

 

It is the first professional title won by Ford, who is the new continental champion of the pioneer body. Also, he got his ninth victory, while he has a draw and 5 KOs. For his part, Bellotti now has a record of 14 wins, 5 losses, and 12 KOs.

WBA Interim Welterweight Title Declared Vacant!

By: WBA Press

(August 13th) The World Boxing Association (WBA) has declared the Interim Welterweight Title vacant after the controversial decision of August 7 in Minnesota in the fight between Gabriel Maestre and Mykal Fox. In addition, the organization will respectfully request the Minnesota Commission to declare the bout a “No Contest”.

 

At the end of the Fox and Maestre fight, the WBA Officials Committee evaluated the fight. For that reason, and in pursuant to rule C26, the WBA ordered a direct rematch and granted the parties 60 days to make the fight. In case there is a Purse Bid, the split will 50% for each boxer. In addition, the WBA will not approve any fight o special permission to the contenders before the direct rematch takes place.

 

The WBA also expresses its rejection of any act of intolerance against others, which includes racism, as stated in Article 9.01 of our Code of Ethics: “To oppose and counteract discrimination on the grounds of race, nationality, religion, social status.” For that reason, the WBA has suspended judge Gloria Martinez indefinitely.

 

The World Boxing Association promotes the values of fair competition and respect for others, as well as the constant work for the systematic development of this sport and providing opportunities for boxers to achieve their dreams.

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