WBA: Jones is Now Champ in Recess, Lebedev Gets Belt

By Ludo Saenz,

On the third day of World Boxing Association's ongoing convention at the Sultan Hotel in Jakarta - WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, who chairs the world championship committee announced that a group decision was made to downgrade Panamanian cruiserweight Guillermo Jones to the status of "champion in recess" due to his long inactivity in defending the WBA crown (since November 2011).

Jones was scheduled to defend his title against WBA ranked #15 Andres Taylor in Venezuela on October 27, but the fight was canceled due to an alleged injury suffered by Jones - and it never officially reported to the WBA.

Also, several months ago the WBA ordered Jones (38-3-2, 30KOs) to face interim-cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (24-1, 18KOs) in a mandatory fight.

Mendoza announced that Lebedev will be elevated to the status of "regular" WBA cruiserweight champion.

Jones was warned that if he doesn't see action in the next six months, then he would be fully stripped of his world title.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Russian Crushin on 10-30-2012

What a joke

Comment by ddangerous on 10-30-2012

The WBA sure must like Jones.

Comment by Ravens Fan on 10-30-2012

The champ is out to recess. Its actually pretty fitting considering that the WBA really is a kindergarten level organization.

Comment by nycsmooth on 10-30-2012

Jones is the WBA version of Alvarez, but Alvarez boxes vs no1 , never a #1 or Mandatory , this will go on 2 next Sept, mark my words...he will not box Vanes nor Lara...2 of the most protected...

Comment by JKidd2624 on 10-30-2012

Not sure why I expected the WBA to actually strip a Panamanian boxer of their title... stupid me.

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