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Gennady Golovkin Named Sole WBA Middleweight Champ

Jakarta, Indonesia - The World Boxing Association announced that Daniel Geale will be stripped of his “super champion” status and Gennady Golovkin is named as its sole WBA middleweight champion. 

President Gilberto Mendoza made the declaration at the WBA’s 91st Annual Convention in Jakarta.
 
Geale won the WBA “Super Champion” title when he unified the WBA and IBF titles by winning a decision over existing WBA “Super Champion” Felix Sturm on September 1 in Oberhausen, Germany.
 
However, because of Sturm’s long overdue mandatory obligation to Golovkin, the WBA declared the winner of Sturm/Geale bout must face the winner of Golovkin/Grzegorz Proksa by December 31.
 
Golovkin defeated Proksa by stopping him in the fifth round in a very impressive performance.  Geale has since declined to face Golovkin announcing he will fight Anthony Mundine in January 2013 in Australia.
 
“We commend the WBA for clearing up this long overdue situation and recognizing Gennady as their only champion in the middleweight division. Gennady is proud to be the WBA and IBO champion and looks forward to returning to the ring soon,” said Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions.  
 
Geale had a great win over Sturm in Germany, however he soon joined many others in avoiding Golovkin. Geale turned down a potential lucrative fight against Golovkin on HBO to sign for the Mundine fight.  

“We don’t blame Geale and his team for taking a safer fight. However, they knew the obligations they would have prior to the Sturm fight. Geale is still IBF champion and if he continues to win, this might be a great unification fight in the future.”
  
Golovkin (24-0, 21KO) made his highly anticipated HBO and U.S. debut on September 1, impressively stopping Grzegorz Proksa in the fifth round at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.

Plans for Golovkin’s next fight will be announced shortly. 
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by myau1 on 11-02-2012

Gaele's best boxing skills are his ability to duck and dodge. LOL I really feel for GGG, it's so unlikely he'll ever get a crack at the big boys. The more impressively he wins the more promoters will use the…

Comment by P4P Prince on 11-01-2012

GGG wld destroy Geale, destroy him, the only real competition i see for GGG is Martinez, but doubt that will happen... GGG vs Chavez Jr wld be a mismatch too, GGG wld dsetroy him, GGG has some serious power, but…

Comment by PBP. on 11-01-2012

This should give Golovkin some bargaining power.

Comment by Spray_resistant on 11-01-2012

Well thats nice but it really doesn't matter at all what organizations do with made up belts, neither GGG or anyone else not named Sergio at MW is a champion.

Comment by ddangerous on 11-01-2012

Two words: double standard. I realize that the WBA stated before both previous fights (GGG's and Geale's) that winners would face each other, but they always have said that same **** to Sturm too, and somehow he just kept doing…

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