What will the next WBA heavyweight title reduction plan look like?

Marc robinson

The World Boxing Association has many plans underway to cut titles, but nothing is yet to come in the heavyweight division.

WBA chiefs have studied each category to make decisions that will contribute to the world title reduction plan that has been underway for the past few months.

By posting information about their continued struggle with the negative press received over too many belts, the WBA failed to give clues about the highest weight class.

Several weights are well on the way to being resolved. Five already have only one champion. This move prompted WBN to re-establish the WBA as a recognized sanctioning body.

These champions who reign alone are Artem Dalakian [flyweight], Naoya Inoue [bantamweight], Roger Gutiérrez [super featherweight], Jermell Charlo [super welterweight], and Dmitri Bivol [light heavyweight].

Initial actions such as the elimination of provisional titles were the first steps in this plan. Different decisions since I joined him. While imagining other ways to reduce the number of champions.

This process is still based on the rules of the WBA.

The panorama of each weight is different, but the same goal is in each of them. It’s having only one world champion.

WBA then went into more detail on how they plan to bring the others down. They are:


Minimum weight champion Victor Saludar will face former interim champion Erick Rosa on December 21 in the Dominican Republic.

The winner could then face Thammanoon Niyomtrong.

    Hiroto Kyoguchi
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In the lightweight flyweight division, super champion Hiroto Kyoguchi against champion Esteban Bermudez received the order.


In the flyweight division, a division with only one champion, Artem Dalakian will play his obligatory fight against Luis Concepcion on Saturday, November 20 in Ukraine.


For his part, Joshua Franco, as super flyweight champion, has already been designated mandatory challenger to the winner of the fight between Juan Francisco Estrada (super champion) and Roman Gonzalez.


Naoya Inoue, the only champion, will make an optional defense on December 14 against Aran Dipen.


Leigh Wood and Michael Conlan will face off in a mandatory featherweight title fight (at the hands of Wood), and the winner will face super champion, Leo Santa Cruz.


Super featherweight champion Roger Gutierrez will fight his mandatory Chris Colbert in the coming months.

WEIGHT welterweights

The welterweight box-off featuring Yordenis Ugas, Eimantas Stanionis, Radzhab Butaev and Jamal James.

Ugas must fight Stanionis for the Super Championship, and the winner will face Butaev, who previously beat James.

The WBA continues to study the different cases and all categories to make decisions and further reduce the number of world champions.

Trevor Bryan Manuel Charr WBA Heavyweight Title
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But what about other weight classes not mentioned – mostly heavyweights?

The glamorous division of boxing stands alongside the super-bantamweight, lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, super-middleweight and cruiserweight as they will still have a way to go.

In the super-bantamweight, Murodjon Akhmadaliev vs. Brandon Figueroa has to happen.

In the remarkable lightweight class, Teofimo Lopez and Gervonta Davis have to work out who is pushing the strap forward.

The same goes for Davis and welterweight king Josh Taylor.

In the middleweight division, we know that Gennadiy Golokvin and Ryota Murata will fight to unify – as WBN initially revealed.

The winner will face Erislandy Lara at the earliest opportunity in 2022. Lara has previously protested the fight after relinquishing her belt at 154 to become the WBA champion at 160.

At 168, Canelo has a decision to make. Is he staying at super middleweight and being ordered to start his mandatory duties, or is he riding again?

WBA “regular” champion David Morrell will surely want an answer on that. At the cruiserweight, Arsen Goulamirian and Ryad Merhy are also due to fight soon.


This leaves the heavyweight division still in a mess, which can take a while.

Oleksandr Usyk is the “Super” sovereign. He will likely face Anthony Joshua in a rematch next year. That leaves Mahmoud Charr and Trevor Bryan, “Champion in Recess”.

One of their arranged fights has already collapsed. They need to come to an agreement quickly before the winner can be in the mix for a mandatory heavyweight title.

We should see Bryan vs. Charr revamped in the first half of 2022. That is unless Charr loses his “Champion in Recess” status in a review.

This path could cause tensions, with legal proceedings already dragging division for years. Right now, the heavyweights could be the last division to be completed.

Much more to do!

Phil Jay – Editor-in-chief of World Boxing News since 2010 with over a billion views. Follow WBN on Twitter @WorldBoxingNews.

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