By Miguel Rivera
The World Boxing Association is moving forward to strip Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux of his WBA super bantamweight world title.
Last Saturday night at The Theater in Madison Square Garden in New York City, Rigondeaux moved up two weight divisions to challenge Vasyl Lomachenko for the WBO super featherweight title.
The fight was a one-sided affair, with Rigondeaux refusing to fight beyond the sixth round after citing an injury to his left hand.
There continues to be a lot of doubt regarding the legitimacy of the injury - especially after Rigondeaux's promoter confirmed that his boxer's hand was bruised, but there was no fracture found.
BoxingScene.com reported a two weeks ago, that an order was issued by the WBA - which called for Rigondeaux to be stripped if he lost the contest with Lomachenko.
Part of the reason, according to the WBA, is the two-time Olympic gold medal winner was under a mandatory order to defend his belt against Moises Flores in a rematch. Rigondeaux had scored a first round knockout over Flores in June, but the end result was later changed to a no-decision, after the Nevada State Athletic Commission had determined that Rigondeaux's knockout punch had come after the belt.
The WBA is sticking to their guns on the matter. Soon an order will go out, directing Flores and Danny Roman to collide for the remaining WBA belt - which is going to establish a single WBA champion at the weight.
"As the resolution said, Rigondeaux will be stripped," said the President of the World Boxing Association, Gilberto Mendoza, to ESPN Deportes. "That was in the resolution, and what follows is that as soon as Daniel Roman makes his defense of the world title, then he he's going to defend it against Moisés 'Chucky' Flores to leave only one champion."