The WBA (World Boxing Association) have said that that the upcoming middleweight championship match between Gennady Golovkin and Kell Brook won’t be for one of their world title’s, as things stand at least.
The organisation have said on their official website (below) that as Brook has not competed as a middleweight yet and is currently the IBF welterweight champion, they would need a special request from Golovkin’s team:
“The Championships Committee and the Presidency have not agreed to sanction this bout as a title fight because Brook has never fought as a middleweight.”
They added further:
“The intent of the organization is to try to protect the integrity and health of the fighters. We do not oppose the fight, per se. But the rules of the organization stipulate that Golovkin and/or his representatives must request special permission in advance to fight Brook. Under the circumstances, if Golovkin were to lose to Kell Brook, the title would become vacant and would not end up in the hands of the British pugilist.”
One would imagine that this isn’t too big of a problem in terms of getting fixed, with the WBA just apparently needing a letter from team Golovkin to allow the fight to be for their title on September 10th in London’s O2 Arena – which sold out in 11 minutes flat.
There is precedent for welterweights jumping up to fight middleweight champions in the past, with one notable example been in 1987 when Sugar Ray Leonard moved up to defeat the then champion Marvin Hagler, to win his Ring Magazine, WBC and lineal middleweight titles at the time.
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