World Boxing Organization President Paco Varcacel has once again sounded off, on the subject of the voluminous amount of belts in the sport.
A few weeks back, Varcarcel took aim at the World Boxing Council - over their decision to create numerous belts for bouts that have nothing to do with their organization. On September 15th, the WBC created commemorative Mayan belts for Tyson Fury's fight with Otto Wallin in Las Vegas and for Jaime Munguia's bout with Patrick Allotey in Los Angeles.
Neither Fury-Wallin or Munguia-Allotey had anything to do with the WBC. And the sanctioning body made headlines when the created what is called a "franchise title" - which they awarded to Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez.
This time around, Varcarcel is going after the World Boxing Association.
The WBA has been a target for numerous years - ever since they made a controversial decision to introduce the "super" title. Their normal championship belt became the "regular" belt - a term which was coined by BoxingScene.com. In the last twelve months, they created a "gold" title - and they sill have interim titles.
Varcarcel is angered that the WBA, on it's own, has 42 "titleholders" spread across the 17 recognized weight divisions.
"My friend Gilberto Mendoza Jr. runs the WBA as he sees fit. What I don't understand is the complacency of certain boxing writers and TV commentators when it comes to the 42 so called world champions that the WBA currently has in 17 divisions, which have been designated as Super, Regular, Interim and Gold. For example, they currently have 4 champions in the heavyweight division. I don't understand it, and I'm not going to keep quiet about it either," Varcarcel said.