World Boxing Association
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 boxingbouts, 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, twoPanamanian 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.
Regular titles and super titles
A boxer who holds WBA title is considered by the organization as regular champion. If that champion manages to include a title of a similar weight class which is from another organization (WBC, IBF or WBO) or vice-versa, he/she will be promoted to super champion. In this, their regular title becomes vacant for other WBA-ranked boxers to fight for.
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:||Date won:|
|Minimumweight||Román González||September 15, 2008|
|Light flyweight||Giovanni Segura||June 5, 2009|
|Juan Carlos Reveco(interim champion)||August 8, 2009|
|Flyweight||Daiki Kameda||February 7, 2010|
|Luis Concepción(interim champion)||September 5, 2009|
|Super flyweight||Vic Darchinyan(unified champion)||November 1, 2008|
|Nobuo Nashiro||September 15, 2008|
|Nonito Donaire(interim champion)||August 15, 2009|
|Bantamweight||Anselmo Moreno||May 31, 2008|
|Nehomar Cermeno(interim champion)||March 14, 2009|
|Super bantamweight||Celestino Caballero(unified champion)||November 21, 2008|
|Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (regular champion)||September 26, 2009|
|Featherweight||Chris John (super champion)||June 27, 2009|
|Yuriorkis Gamboa(regular champion)||June 27, 2009|
|Super featherweight||Juan Carlos Salgado||October 10, 2009|
|Likar Ramos (interim champion)||November 19, 2009|
|Lightweight||Juan Manuel Márquez (unified champion)||February 28, 2009|
|Paulus Moses(regular champion)||January 3, 2009|
|Miguel Acosta(interim champion)||July 25, 2009|
|Super lightweight||Amir Khan||July 19, 2009|
|Marcos Maidana(interim champion)||June 29, 2009|
|Welterweight||Shane Mosley(super champion)||January 24, 2009|
|Vyacheslav Senchenko (regular champion)||April 10, 2009|
|Super welterweight||Yuri Foreman||November 14, 2009|
|Nobuhiro Ishida(interim champion)||August 30, 2009|
|Middleweight||Felix Sturm||April 28, 2007|
|Super middleweight||Andre Ward||November 21, 2009|
|Dimitri Sartison(regular champion)||November 21, 2009|
|Light heavyweight||Beibut Shumenov||January 29, 2010|
|Cruiserweight||Guillermo Jones||September 27, 2008|
|Heavyweight||David Haye||November 7, 2009|