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Canelo Allowed To Hold Both WBA Belts, Per New Order

The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee has issued a ruling that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will be recognized as WBA champion at middleweight and super middleweight.

Canelo won the WBA and WBC middleweight titles in September 2018, when he defeated Gennady Golovkin by majority decision, and he will defend the titles on May 4th in a unification against Daniel Jacobs, the champion of the International Boxing Federation (IBF). The bout will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Canelo then won the 168-pound WBA "regular" title in December, when he defeated Rocky Fielding Jr. by technical knockout in the third round. Callum Smith holds the WBA's "super" world title at 168-pounds, which he captured by knocking out George Groves, and is widely recognized as the true WBA beltholder of the weight class. 

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The WBA is basing their decision on the past treatment of Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Mayweather, for years, was allowed to hold the WBA world titles simultaneously at welterweight and junior middleweight. The scenario was identical with the WBC. Mayweather had captured the WBA strap by defeating Miguel Cotto in 2012 and then beat Canelo the following year for the WBC's version.

Both sanctioning bodies allowed Mayweather to hold their junior middleweight titles until his retirement in 2015 - despite Mayweather not fighting at junior middleweight for two years time.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Eff Pandas on 02-12-2019

I sorta hate these corrupt ABC groups, but with how boxing is currently structured you kinda got to pay attention to them despite the WWE story-line like news & moves they pull outta their asses day in, day out.

Comment by GodOfBoxing on 02-12-2019

[QUOTE=BigStomps;19496288]Great post man! **** the regular WBA belt![/QUOTE] "Thanks" BigStomps. John Wilkinson here was a pro from Oct. 88 to Oct 92 [W div. Boxing m/sm]. Amateur I fought at 156lb [EX DIV] and won 25 of 41 w/11 KO/Rsc…

Comment by GodOfBoxing on 02-12-2019

[QUOTE=Eastlos;19496512]Not every WBA regular champ is a disgrace. For example, Alberto Machado who holds the WBA regular belt @ 130 lbs beat the recognize WBA super champion at the time in Jeezrell Corrales, yet the ratchet WBA instead recognizes Tank…

Comment by MPDKSAB on 02-09-2019

[QUOTE=G G G;19497644][SIZE="6"]O-K YODA, I see YOU[/SIZE][/QUOTE] Have no idea watu talking about or what that means.

Comment by Joe shmo on 02-09-2019

[QUOTE=alexjust;19496123]Double sanctioning fees? Double sanctioning fees...Double sanctioning fees![/QUOTE] That's exactly what it is.

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