- World Boxing Association
World Boxing Association Abbreviation WBA Motto Simply the pioneers Formation 1962 Purpose/focus Boxing sanctioning organization Region served Worldwide President Gilberto Mendoza Main organ General Assembly Website wbanews.com
The World Boxing Association (WBA) is a boxing organization that sanctions official matches, and awards the WBA world championship title at the professional level. It was previously known as the National Boxing Association before changing its name in 1962. It is the oldest of the major organizations recognized by IBHOF which sanction world championship boxing bouts, alongside the International Boxing Federation, the World Boxing Council and the World Boxing Organization.
The original sanctioning body of professional boxing, the World Boxing Association can be traced back to the original National Boxing Association, organized in 1921; the first bout recognized by the organization being the Jack Dempsey-Georges Carpentier Heavyweight Championship bout in New Jersey, USA.
The NBA was formed by representatives from thirteen American states to counterbalance the influence the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) wielded in the boxing world. This often meant that the NBA and the NYSAC 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 in this way: "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.'"
In 1962 the NBA, with the growth of boxing's popularity worldwide, changed its name to the World Boxing Association. The organization remained mainly American until 1974, however. In that year, two Panamanian boxing figures named Rodrigo Sanchez and Elias Cordova manipulated the WBA rules to give a majority of votes to nations in Latin America.
Gilberto Mendoza has been the President of the WBA since 1982. The WBA in the 1990s moved its central offices from Panama City, Panama, to Caracas, Venezuela. In January 2007 it moved its offices again to Panama.
The WBA has been plagued with charges of corruption for years. In perhaps the most notable instance, promoter Bob Arum claimed in a 1982 interview that he had to pay off WBA officials to obtain rankings. 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.
The WBA also came under fire in the 1980s for allowing South Africans to fight for its titles.
Regular titles and super titles
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" or "super champion". This applies even if the WBA title is not one of the titles held by the "undisputed champion". In September 2008, Nate Campbell was recognized as lightweight "undisputed champion" for his WBO and IBF titles, while the WBA's own champion was Yusuke Kobori.
If one of the multiple titles held to earn the designation WBA Super Champion is the WBA's own title, then the fighter is promoted to Super Champion and their regular title becomes vacant for other WBA-ranked boxers to fight for. Thus, the WBA tables will sometimes show a WBA Super Champion and a WBA Regular Champion for the same weight class.
Sometimes it is possible for a regular champion to become super champion without adding another organization's title; Chris John is an example.
Current WBA world title holders
Weight class: Champion: Reign began: Minimumweight Akira Yaegashi October 24, 2011 Light flyweight Roman Gonzalez February 4, 2011 Flyweight Hernan Marquez April 2, 2011 Super flyweight Tomonobu Shimizu August 31, 2011 Bantamweight Anselmo Moreno (Super Champion) May 31, 2008 Koki Kameda (regular champion) December 26, 2010 Super bantamweight Rico Ramos July 9, 2011 Featherweight Chris John (Super Champion) November 1, 2003 Celestino Caballero (regular champion) October 14, 2011 Super featherweight Takashi Uchiyama January 11, 2010 Lightweight Juan Manuel Márquez (Super Champion) February 28, 2009 Brandon Ríos (regular champion) February 26, 2011 Light welterweight Amir Khan (Super Champion) July 18, 2009 Marcos Maidana (regular champion) July 23, 2011 Welterweight Vyacheslav Senchenko April 10, 2009 Super welterweight Miguel Cotto (Super Champion) June 5, 2010 Austin Trout (regular champion) February 6, 2011 Middleweight Felix Sturm (Super Champion) April 28, 2007 Gennady Golovkin (regular champion) October 2010 Super middleweight Andre Ward (Super Champion) November 21, 2009 Karoly Balzsay (regular champion) August 26, 2011 Light heavyweight Beibut Shumenov January 29, 2010 Cruiserweight Guillermo Jones September 27, 2008 Heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko (super champion) July 2, 2011 Alexander Povetkin (regular champion) August 27, 2011
Weight class: Champion: Date won: Strawweight (105 lbs) vacant? Junior flyweight (108 lbs) vacant? Flyweight (112 lbs) Susi Kentikian 30 March 2007 Junior bantamweight (115 lbs) vacant? Bantamweight (118 lbs) vacant? Junior featherweight (122 lbs) vacant? Featherweight (126 lbs) vacant? Super Featherweight (130 lbs) Kina Malpartida 21 February 2009 Lightweight (135 lbs) vacant? Junior welterweight (140 lbs) vacant? Welterweight (147 lbs) Cecilia Brækhus 14 March 2009 Junior middleweight (154 lbs) vacant? Middleweight (160 lbs) vacant? Super middleweight (168 lbs) vacant? Light heavyweight (175 lbs) vacant? Cruiserweight (200 lbs) vacant? Heavyweight (200+ lbs) vacant?
Other world organizations
- International Boxing Hall of Fame recognized
- Other organizations
- International Boxing Association
- International Boxing Council
- International Boxing Organization
- World Professional Boxing Federation & United States Boxing Council
WBA affiliated organizations
- Pan Asian Boxing Association (PABA)
- European Boxing Association (EBA)
- North American Boxing Association (NABA)
Transition of WBA titles
- List of WBA world champions
- List of WBA international champions
- List of WBA Fedecentro champions
- List of WBA Fedelatin champions
- List of WBA Pan African champions
- List of WBA female world champions
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