Following last weekend's world title action, we have updated our professional boxing world champions list. The main movers last weekend were Scotland's Ricky Burns who captured the WBA (Regular) world super-lightweight title by stopping Italian Michelle Di Rocco, and also Liverpool's Tony Bellew - who won the WBC crusierweight title by knocking out Illunga Makabu at Goodison Park in front…
WBA Set To Reduce Number Of World Title Belts
In news that might come as a bit of a shock, surprise or other wise pleasant piece of feedback for boxing fans around the world, the World Boxing Association now appear to be working towards going back to having just one world title per weight division.
In recent months and years, fight fans have long grown frustrated at the now popularly coined phrase ‘alphabet titles’, where multiple versions of a world title exist in a division and are given bizzare names in some instances, that a lot of boxing fans either don’t understand, nor want to.
In the old days, there used to be one world champion per division, but nowadays there are four governing bodies at the top that are recognized to have genuine, professional boxing world championship belts, which are (in no particular order) the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF.
Within that mix, the WBA are looking to change things potentially for the better.
ESPN writer Dan Rafael spoke this week with WBA President Gilberto Mendoza, who confirmed the organization are making a move to (finally) going back to just having one world title belt per weight class:
“I am working to reduce the titles. At first some promoters (might) complain. I just tell them it is my final decision. They would have to live with it.”
This positive development comes at a great time where the sport of boxing continues to make a comeback around the world.
How long will it take to implement this change though? Time will tell.