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World Boxing Association (WBA) is a boxing organization that sanctions official matches, and awards the WBA world championship title, at the professional level. It was previously known as the National Boxing Association, it is one of three major organizations recognized by IBHOF which sanction world championship boxing bouts, alongside the IBF, WBC. For other senses of these words, see boxing (disambiguation) or boxer (disambiguation). ... The modern International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) is located in Canastota, New York, United States, within driving distance from the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown and the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta. ... For other senses of these words, see boxing (disambiguation) or boxer (disambiguation). ... The International Boxing Federation, or IBF, is one of many organizations which sanction world championship boxing bouts, alongside the WBA, WBC, WBO, and a dozen or so others. ... WBC logo mark “WBC” redirects here. ...

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History

The original sanctioning body of professional boxing, the World Boxing Association can be traced back to the original National Boxing Association, organized in 1921; the first bout recognized by the organization being the Jack Dempsey-Georges Carpentier Heavyweight Championship bout in New Jersey. Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... William Harrison Jack Dempsey (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983) was an American boxer who held the world heavyweight title between 1919 and 1926. ... Georges Carpentier Georges Carpentier (January 12, 1894 – October 28, 1975) was a French boxer. ... “NJ” redirects here. ...


The NBA was formed by representatives from thirteen states to counterbalance the influence the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) wielded in the boxing world. This often meant that the NBA and the NYSAC crowned different world champions in the same division, leading to confusion about who was the real champion.[1]


The International Boxing Research Organization describes the early NBA in this way: "Originally more comparable to the present American Association of Boxing Commissions than to its offspring and successor, the NBA sanctioned title bouts, published lists of outstanding challengers, withdrew titular recognition, but did not attempt to appoint its own title bout officials or otherwise impose its will on championshp fights. It also did not conduct purse bids or collect 'sanctioning fees.'"[2]


In 1962 the NBA, with the growth of boxing's popularity world-wide, changed its name to the World Boxing Association. The organization remained heavily American until 1974, however. In that year, two Panamanian boxing figures named Rodrigo Sanchez and Elias Cordova manipulated the WBA rules to give a majority of votes to nations in Latin America.[3] Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Gilberto Mendoza has been the President of the WBA since 1982. The WBA in the 1990s moved its central offices from Panama City, Panama, to Caracas, Venezuela. In January of 2007 it moved its offices again to Panama. Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the capital city of Panama. ... Nickname: La Sultana del Avila (English:The Avilas Sultan) La Sucursal del paraiso Motto: Ave María Santísima, sin pecado concebida, en el primer instante de su ser natural. ...


Controversies

The WBA has been plagued with charges of corruption for years. In perhaps the most notable instance, promoter Bob Arum claimed in a 1982 interview that he had to pay off WBA officials to obtain rankings.[4] In a 1981 Sports Illustrated article, a WBA judge claimed that he was influenced by the WBA president to support certain fighters. The same article also discussed a variety of bribed paid to WBA officials to obtain title fights or rankings with the organization.[5] Bob Arum (born December 8, 1931 in New York, New York), is a Harvard-educated lawyer of Jewish descent who helped the White House during President John F. Kennedys time there. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ...


The WBA also came under fire in the 1980s for allowing South Africans to fight for its titles.


For a time the WBA had multiple title holders in divisions where a champion held the title of another organization, subjecting it to derision from fight fans. It recently rescinded that rule.


Other organizations

Champions since 1920 of heavyweight boxing of 5 most important Associations
Champions since 1920 of heavyweight boxing of 5 most important Associations

Through the years, many competitors who also recognized world championship bouts sprung up, and in that line, the WBC started out in 1963, the IBF in 1983, the WBO in 1988, and nearly a dozen others. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 270 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 2273 pixel, file size: 831 KB, MIME type: image/png) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 270 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 2273 pixel, file size: 831 KB, MIME type: image/png) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... WBC logo mark “WBC” redirects here. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The International Boxing Federation, or IBF, is one of many organizations which sanction world championship boxing bouts, alongside the WBA, WBC, WBO, and a dozen or so others. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... The World Boxing Organization (WBO) is one of the sanctioning organizations currently recognizing world boxing champions. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ...


Current WBA world title holders

Weight class: Champion: Date won:
Minimumweight Flag of Japan Yutaka Niida July 3, 2004
Light flyweight Flag of Argentina Juan Carlos Reveco June 22, 2007
Flyweight Flag of Japan Takefumi Sakata March 19, 2007
Super flyweight Flag of Venezuela Alexander Munoz May 3, 2007
Bantamweight Flag of Ukraine Wladimir Sidorenko February 26, 2005
Super bantamweight Flag of Panama Celestino Caballero October 4, 2006
Featherweight Flag of Indonesia Chris John November 4, 2006
Super featherweight Flag of Venezuela Edwin Valero August 5, 2006
Lightweight Flag of the United States Juan Díaz July 17, 2004
Super lightweight Flag of Wales Gavin Rees July 21, 2007
Welterweight Flag of Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto December 2, 2006
Super welterweight Flag of Canada Joachim Alcine July 7, 2007
Middleweight Flag of Germany Felix Sturm April 28, 2007
Super middleweight Flag of Denmark Mikkel Kessler UNIFIED WBA WORLD CHAMPION December 11, 2004
Flag of Australia Anthony Mundine WBA WORLD CHAMPION March 7, 2007
Light heavyweight Flag of Croatia Stipe Drviš April 28, 2007
Cruiserweight Flag of France Jean-Marc Mormeck UNIFIED WBA WORLD CHAMPION March 17, 2007
Flag of the United States Virgil Hill WBA WORLD CHAMPION January 27, 2006
Heavyweight Flag of Uzbekistan Ruslan Chagaev April 15, 2007

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Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Middleweight is a division, or weight class, in boxing. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Adnan Catic AKA Felix Sturm (born on January 31, 1979 in Leverkusen) is a German middleweight boxer of Bosnian heritage. ... is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... A weight division in professional boxing, first established in the 1980s but made popular in the 1990s by British superstars Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn who took over from Thomas Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard as long-reigning WBO and WBC world Super-Middleweight champions respectively. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Denmark. ... Mikkel Kessler (born March 1, 1979) is a Danish professional boxer, current Super Middleweight World Boxing Council World Champion and Super Middleweight World Boxing Association World Champion. ... December 11 is the 345th day of the year (346th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Anthony Mundine (born 21 May 1975) is a boxer, former Australian rugby league player of mixed White and Indigenous Australian descent and WBA Super Middleweight champion. ... is the 66th day of the year (67th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... In boxing, the light heavyweight division is the weight division between cruiserweight over 175 pounds (79. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Croatia. ... Stipe Drviš (pronounced as STEE-peh DER-vish), known as Stipe Drews in Germany, (* June 8, 1973 in Makarska, Croatia) is a Croatian basketball player and professional boxer, the current World champion in light heavyweight according to the WBA. // As an amateur he took part at the European chamionships in... is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Cruiserweight is a weight class in boxing where previously contestants weighed between 176 and 190 pounds. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Jean-Marc Mormeck (born June 3, 1972 in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe) is a French professional boxer. ... is the 76th day of the year (77th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 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Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

See also

Other world organizations

The International Boxing Association (IBA) is a for-profit organization that sanctions professional boxing matches and awards world and subordinate championships. ... The International Boxing Council (IBC) is a lightly regarded boxing sanctioning body whose world champions often lack widespread recognition. ... The International Boxing Federation, or IBF, is one of many organizations which sanction world championship boxing bouts, alongside the WBA, WBC, WBO, and a dozen or so others. ... The International Boxing Organization (IBO) is a for-profit organization that sanctions professional boxing matches and awards world and subordinate championships. ... One of two Boxing sanctioning bodies, The first, founded in 1910, is now the European Boxing Union. ... WBC logo mark “WBC” redirects here. ... The World Boxing Federation (WBF) is a lightly regarded boxing sanctioning body whose world champions often lack widespread recognition. ... The World Boxing Organization (WBO) is a sanctioning organization currently recognizing professional boxing world champions. ... The World Boxing Union (WBU) is a lightly regarded boxing sanctioning body whose world champions often lack widespread recognition. ...

Regional Organizations

This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... North American Boxing Council The NABC [ http://www. ...

WBA affiliated organizations

  • FEDELATIN
  • Pan Asian Boxing Association (PABA)
  • European Boxing Association (EBA)
  • North American Boxing Association (NABA)

Transition of WBA titles

  • List of WBA world champions
  • List of WBA international champions
  • List of WBA Fedecentro champions
  • List of WBA Fedelatin champions
  • List of WBA Pan African champions
  • List of WBA women's champions

List of WBA world champions is a table showing the world champions certificated by World Boxing Association (WBA). ...

External links

References

  1. ^ Mullan, Harry (1996). The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing. London, England: Carlton Books, 121. ISBN 0785806415. 
  2. ^ "Boxing Bodies: A Brief Chronology and Rundown", International Boxing Digest 40, no. 1: 58, January 1998
  3. ^ Mullan. The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing, 122. 
  4. ^ Mullan. The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing, 122. 
  5. ^ Heller, Peter (1988). Bad Intentions: The Mike Tyson Story. New York, NY: New American Library, 141-142. ISBN 0688101232. 

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