World Boxing Association
|Motto||Simply the pioneers|
|Purpose||Boxing sanctioning organization|
The World Boxing Association (WBA) is one of four major organizations which sanction world championship boxing bouts, alongside the IBF, WBC and WBO. The WBA awards the WBA world championship title at the professional level. Founded in the United States in 1921 by thirteen state representatives as the National Boxing Association, in 1962 it changed its name in recognition of boxing's growing popularity worldwide, and began to gain other nations as members.
By 1975, a majority of votes were held by Latin American nations, and the organization headquarters were moved to Panama. After being located during the 1990s and early 2000s in Venezuela, the organization offices returned to Panama in 2007. It is the oldest of the four major organizations recognized by the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF), which sanction world championship boxing bouts, alongside the International Boxing Federation, the World Boxing Council, and the World Boxing Organization.
The World Boxing Association can be traced back to the original National Boxing Association, organized in the United States in 1921. The first bout it recognized was the Jack Dempsey–Georges Carpentier Heavyweight Championship bout in New Jersey.
The NBA was formed by representatives from thirteen American states, including Sam Milner, to counterbalance the influence that the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) wielded in the boxing world. The NBA and the NYSAC sometimes crowned different world champions in the same division, leading to confusion about who was the real champion.
The International Boxing Research Organization describes the early NBA as follows:
Originally more comparable to the present American Association of Boxing Commissions than to its offspring and successor, the NBA sanctioned title bouts, published lists of outstanding challengers, withdrew titular recognition, but did not attempt to appoint its own title bout officials or otherwise impose its will on championship fights. It also did not conduct purse bids or collect "sanctioning fees."
Gilberto Mendoza from Venezuela was the President of the WBA since 1982 until his death in 2016, after which Gilberto Mendoza Jr. took over as president. In the 1990s, the WBA moved its central offices from Panama City, Panama, to Caracas, Venezuela. In January 2007, it returned its offices to Panama.
In 2014 the WBA approved the creation of the WBA Oceania based in Brisbane, Australia. The WBA Oceania's inaugural Committee is President Francisco Martinez, Vice President Damon Locantro, Secretary Derek Milham, and Ratings Chairman Ferlin Marsh.
The WBA has been plagued with charges of corruption for years. In a 1981 Sports Illustrated article, a WBA judge claimed that he was influenced by the WBA president to support certain fighters. The same article also discussed a variety of bribes paid to WBA officials to obtain title fights or rankings with the organization. In a 1982 interview, the promoter Bob Arum claimed that he had to pay off WBA officials to obtain rankings for his fighters.
Though the "Super Champion" designation are for WBA champions who concurrently hold titles with the WBO, IBF and/or WBC, in some instances, the WBA has designated as "Super Champion" fighters with only the WBA title. (See below for the WBA's explanation of this.) This particular practice has come under scrutiny, as several boxing experts consider it a means for the organization to gain more sanctioning fees within each division.
Ranking of Ali Raymi despite his death
The WBA recognizes the title holders from the WBC, WBO, and IBF organizations. The WBA refers to a champion who holds two or more of these titles in the same weight class as an "Undisputed Champion", "Unified Champion", or "Super Champion." This applies even if the WBA title is not one of the titles held by the "Undisputed Champion." In September 2008 for example, Nate Campbell was recognized as lightweight "Undisputed Champion" for his WBO and IBF titles, while the WBA's own champion was Yusuke Kobori.
If a fighter with multiple titles holds the WBA's title as well, the fighter is promoted to "Super Champion" and the WBA title becomes vacant for competition by other WBA-ranked boxers. As a result, the WBA tables will sometimes show a "WBA Super World Champion" and a "WBA World Champion" for the same weight class, instead of "WBA Champion." The WBA has even been known to recognize three different fighters as one form of champion or another in the very same weight class (Interim, Super, and Regular Champion) and there have been occasions where on the same night in two different parts of the world two different WBA "World" Champions are defending their versions of same WBA weight class titles.
A WBA champion may be promoted to "Super Champion" without winning another organization's title: Chris John, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Anselmo Moreno are examples. The WBA will also promote their titlist to a "Super" champion when he successfully defends his title five times.
Current WBA world title holders
|Weight class:||Champion:||Reign began:||Days|
|Minimumweight||Knockout CP Freshmart (THA)||June 29, 2016||29|
|Light flyweight||Ryoichi Taguchi (JPN)||December 31, 2014||575|
|Flyweight||Juan Francisco Estrada (MEX) (Unified Champion)||April 6, 2013||1209|
|Kazuto Ioka (JPN)||April 22, 2015||463|
|Super flyweight||Kohei Kono (JPN)||March 26, 2014||855|
|Bantamweight||Rau'shee Warren (USA) (Super Champion)||June 18, 2016||40|
|Jamie McDonnell (UK)||May 31, 2014||789|
|Super bantamweight||Guillermo Rigondeaux (CUB) (Super Champion)||November 13, 2010||2084|
|Nehomar Cermeño (VEN)||June 24, 2016||34|
|Featherweight||Leo Santa Cruz (MEX) (Super Champion)||August 29, 2015||334|
|Jesus Cuellar (ARG)||August 23, 2013||1070|
|Super featherweight||Jezreel Corrales (PAN) (Super Champion)||April 27, 2016||92|
|Jason Sosa (PUR)||June 24, 2016||34|
|Lightweight||Anthony Crolla (UK)||November 21, 2015||250|
|Super lightweight||Ricky Burns (UK)||May 28, 2016||61|
|Welterweight||Keith Thurman (USA)||January 27, 2013||1278|
|Super welterweight||Erislandy Lara (CUB) (Super Champion)||June 8, 2013||1146|
|Jack Culcay (GER)||June 8, 2016||50|
|Middleweight||Gennady Golovkin (KAZ) (Super Champion)||October 14, 2010||2114|
|Daniel Jacobs (USA)||August 9, 2014||714|
|Super middleweight||Felix Sturm (GER) (Super Champion)||February 20, 2016||159|
|Giovanni De Carolis (ITA)||January 9, 2016||201|
|Light heavyweight||Sergey Kovalev (RUS) (Undisputed Champion)||November 8, 2014||628|
|Jürgen Brähmer (GER)||December 14, 2013||957|
|Cruiserweight||Denis Lebedev (RUS) (Unified Champion)||November 4, 2011||1728|
|Beibut Shumenov (KAZ)||August 25, 2015||338|
|Heavyweight||Tyson Fury (UK) (Unified Champion)||November 28, 2015||243|
|Weight class:||Champion:||Reign began:||Days|
|Flyweight||Stamp Kiatniwat (THA)||July 29, 2015||365|
|Super flyweight||Luis Concepcion (PAN)||September 19, 2015||313|
|Bantamweight||Zhanat Zhakiyanov (KAZ)||November 7, 2015||264|
|Super bantamweight||Moises Flores (MEX)||April 18, 2015||467|
|Featherweight||Carlos Zambrano (PER)||March 28, 2015||488|
|Welterweight||David Avanesyan (RUS)||November 7, 2015||264|
|Middleweight||Alfonso Blanco (VEN)||October 10, 2015||292|
|Light heavyweight||Demitry Bivol (RUS)||May 21, 2016||68|
|Cruiserweight||Yunier Dorticos (CUB)||May 21, 2016||68|
|Heavyweight||Luis Ortiz (CUB)||September 17, 2015||285|
|Weight class:||Champion:||Reign began:||Days|
|Light minimumweight (102 lbs)||Vacant|
|Minimumweight (105 lbs)||Anabel Ortiz (MEX)||23 July 2013||1101|
|Light flyweight (108 lbs)||Yesica Bopp (ARG)||20 June 2009||2595|
|Flyweight (112 lbs)||Susi Kentikian (GER)||1 February 2013||1273|
|Super flyweight (115 lbs)||Linda Lecca (PER)||15 April 2016||104|
|Bantamweight (118 lbs)||Mayerlin Rivas (VEN)||16 January 2015||559|
|Super bantamweight (122 lbs)||Liliana Palmera (COL)||15 April 2016||104|
|Featherweight (126 lbs)||Jelena Mrdjenovich (CAN)||11 March 2016||139|
|Super featherweight (130 lbs)||Choi Hyunmi (KOR)||15 August 2013||1078|
|Lightweight (135 lbs)||Cecilia Comunales (URU)||31 March 2012||1580|
|Super lightweight (140 lbs)||Ana Laura Esteche (ARG)||18 January 2014||922|
|Welterweight (147 lbs)||Cecilia Brækhus (NOR)||14 March 2009||2693|
|Super welterweight (154 lbs)||Hanna Gabriels (CRC)||18 June 2016||40|
|Middleweight (160 lbs)||Vacant|
|Super middleweight (168 lbs)||Vacant|
|Light heavyweight (+168 lbs)||Vacant|
WBA affiliated organizations
- Pan Asian Boxing Association (PABA)
- North American Boxing Association (NABA)
- World Boxing Association Oceania (WBAO)
Transition of WBA titles
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