Uchiyama, who has held the world title for more than 5 years, has already recorded an impressive 9 defenses of his title, and hopes to add 3 more this year.
The actual decision by the WBA is a strange one in some ways though it seems to have been one of a number of title upgrades announced over the weekend, perhaps suggesting that the organisation has now realised that the multi-tier world title picture is confusing.
Talking about confusing the WBA's news piece announcing the upgrade is full of errors. It states that Uchiyama's record is 18-0-1 (18) and that he has defended his title with 4 TKO's, 2 KO's, 2 technical decisions and draw. In fact Uchiayama hasn't got any technical decisions other than the technical draw and his only other decision defense was a unanimous decision against Daiki Kaneko.
We don't want to dwell on the WBA however, instead we want to congratulate "KO Dyanmite" on his upgraded status.
(Image courtesy of the WBA)