By Carlos Boogs
WBA President Gilberto Mendoza Jr. recently made an interesting announcement in regards to the welterweight division.
On May 28th WBA interim champion David Avanesyan will face former three division champion Shane Mosley in Glendale, Arizona. On June 25th WBA "regular" champion Keith Thurman will battle former champion Shawn Porter in Brooklyn, New York.
The WBA President recently announced that they will consolidate their champions down to where they have one champion per division. In some instances the WBA has an "interim, "regular", and "super champion".
With Floyd Mayweather's retirement (he held the WBA "super" welterweight title), the WBA currently has two welterweight champions but that won't be the case for long.
"The Thurman/Porter winner must face the winner of Mosley/Avanesyan," Mendoza said.
The announcement comes as a big carrot for Mosley (49-9-1, 41KOs), who at 44-years-old is now one victory away from a world title opportunity. Mosley snapped a near two-year layoff last August when he knocked out Ricardo Mayorga in the sixth round of their rematch and then followed that up by traveling to Panama to stop Patrick Lopez in ten rounds.
Avanesyan (21-1-1, 11KOs) captured the interim belt last November with a ninth round knockout of Charlie Navarro. He's been unbeaten since the second pro fight of his career, a decision loss to future world title challenger Andrey Klimov. The only other belmish on his record is a 2013 twelve round split draw with 23-0 Aslanbek Kozaev.