The latest "world" title bout that appears to have been sanctioned by the WBA is a WBA "interim" Bantamweight title fight, which will pit unbeaten Filipino Reymart Gaballo (18-0, 16) against unbeaten American Stephon Young (17-0-3, 7) on March 23rd. That's despite the fact the WBA have a fit "Super" champion in Ryan Burnett, who will defend that title on March 21st against #1 contender Yonfrez Parejo, they also have a fit and healthy "Regular" champion, Jamie McDonnell, who is being linked to returning a May return to face Naoya Inoue.
With the current WBA rankings, published on January 31st, Young is ranked #4 at Bantamweight whilst Gaballo is totally unranked leaving more questions as to what the WBA are actually thinking by allowing this "interim" title bout.
Now we've got that out of our system we do need to admit that the bout it's self is a really good one. The unbeaten American has shown that he belong on the fringes of a world title eliminator following draws with Antonios Nieves and Nikolai Potapov, though he does look a stand out win, which he could get if her over-comes Gaballo. As for Gaballo he's started to get his passport out and has fought in the US and Mexico in last two fights, after fighting his first 16 contests in his native Philippines. He also lacks a big win, with his most notable foe being Ernesto Guerrero, and would see Young as a big step up.
On paper the bout is a great one, but the reality is that WBA have messed up, big time. They could have had these two meet in one half of a 4 man tournament, with the winner of the small tournament to get a shot, but instead seemingly sanctioning this as an interim title bout is laughable at best and a joke at worst.