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Brian Magee Decisions Barbosa Easy, Wins WBA Title

By Edward Chaykovsky

At Gimnasio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica, Brian Magee (35-4-1, 24KOs) bounced back from his loss to Lucian Bute, and won a twelve round unanimous decision over Jaime Barboza (17-5, 8KOs) to win the interim WBA super middleweight title. Magee outworked Barboza in almost every round. The television announcers never disclosed the actual scores that were announced to the live crowd.

The result of this fight creates what is ultimately going to become three WBA world champions in the super middleweight division. On the 26th of August, former WBO champion Karoly Balzsay will face Stanyslav Kashtanov for the vacant WBA "regular" super middleweight title. The WBA's "super" beltholder at 168, Andre Ward, is going to face WBC champ Carl Froch in a unification scheduled for October 29.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by any craic lad? on 07-31-2011

Delighted for Magee and even though the current belt situation is stupid Magee went to Denmark to beat Nielson went to Canada and gave Bute a decent go before losing and went to this guys country to win the interim…

Comment by daggum on 07-31-2011

we had like 3 or 4 new world champs crowned in just a single day! what an era we live in. consider yourself lucky folks. so much greatness all around us.

Comment by William Blake on 07-31-2011

Good for Brian Magee to get a victory. The title, however, is ridiculous. This whole 'belts gone wild' phenomenon is really hurting the sport. Not only are there at least five major sanctioning bodies, some of them have the policy…

Comment by jjbj2 on 07-31-2011

This is what I hear when someone says they have a belt: "I have a belt." "I have a BELT!" "I have a belt, cuz I box for life." [IMG]http://posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2010-12-10/HkuxHlcCEbjeGIzIcqowhwyIlHicbIEaJAlgyvqtJblHIyxJvplhkgndqdHf/khan_vs_maidana_latest_pictures8765.jpg.scaled500.jpg[/IMG] And I like Maidana…

Comment by -Kev- on 07-31-2011

Lol @ Interim.

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