The WBA have had a reputation for creating too many titles, muddying the waters of what real world class is, and leading many to almost ignore anything but their Super Titles. Whilst that's a fantastic attitude to the WBA's almost offensive title creation scheme it does need to be said that the proliferation of titles does give more fighters a chance to make a name for themselves. It makes it hard to know who is really world class, but does give leeser known fighters a chance to put themselves in the mix and in some cases that's a good thing, even if the way the WBA does it is pathetic and wrong.
The latest fighter to claim one of the WBA's "interim" titles was one fighter who took the opportunity with both hands and put himself straight into the mix of his division.
That fighter is unbeaten Filipino 21 year old Reymart Gaballo (19-0, 16) who claimed the WBA "interim" Bantamweight title last night with an impressive and dominant decision win over Stephon Young (17-1-3, 7).
Gaballo, a relative unknown out of the Philippines, dropped Young in round 3 and never looked like losing from then on, as he took the decision with scores of 117-110, twice, and 118-109.
With the win Gaballo puts himself in the mix for a fight at the "Super" champion Ryan Burnett, or the "Regular" title, which Jamie McDonnell will defend against Naoya Inoue in May.
Whilst we do despise the WBA's multiple title system, for Gaballo right now the win is a career changing one and the 21 year old is now in the mix for huge fights. It would have made more sense for the WBA to have held the bout as a world title eliminator, but the reality is that for the fighter the win is key, and the doors that win opens up really are career changing.
Interestingly on the same card Filipino Mike Plania (14-1, 7) lost a decision to former world champion Juan Carlos Payano (20-1, 9), despite dropping Payano in round 3, and Kazakh puncher Mussa Tursyngaliyev (7-0, 6) stopped Luis Hinojosa (31-14-0-2, 18) in 3 rounds, to claim the vacant WBA-NABA USA Featherweight title.
(Image courtesy of Sanman Promotions)
News! We try and give you the most interesting news stories from the Asian boxing world!