By Miguel Rivera
There is a lot of confusion going on when it comes to the super featherweight title of the World Boxing Association.
Jezreel Corrales was the WBA 'super' champion at 130-pounds.
Last October, he was knocked out in the eight round by Alberto Machado - who captured that world title at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
However, last Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Gervonta Davis demolished Jesus Cuellar in three rounds to capture the WBA super featherweight title.
Many were under the impression that Davis was capturing the WBA's "regular" title at the weight - but that is not the case.
It appears that Davis was winning the "super" version of the belt and Machado was somehow downgraded to the status of "regular" champion - when he was ready, willing and able to fight Davis.
To make matters worse, Cuellar was moving up from 126-pounds and had not fought in 17 months.
It appears that it might be claimed by the sanctioning body that Machado never actually captured the WBA's "super" title.
If you recall, Corrales failed to make weight for the contest, and Machado fought for the vacant belt. It's now listed, on various online records, that Machado fought for the vacant "regular" belt and previously the records appeared to state that he was fighting for the vacant "super" belt.
There are also issues with Machado making a mandatory defense against Rafael Mensah, who is promoted by veteran promoter Don King.
Two purse bids have already been pushed back because King refuses to move forward under the terms of the WBA's monetary split.
Machado is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions.
"The WBA made a super championship title when the champion of the organization is Alberto Machado and he's available to fight with anyone and is not injured either. What is the explanation of the WBA? For that we have been working with the lawyers from Golden Boy. A letter was already sent to WBA President Gilberto Jesús Mendoza," revealed Héctor Soto, vice president of Miguel Cotto Promotions, to Carlos Narvaez.
"What we want is for Machado to fight and defend the title he won in a good fight. The two purse bids have been postponed by Don King, who refuses to accept the mandatory terms of 75-25 and instead wants 50-50."