Over the past few days WBA president Gilberto Mendoza has been in Asia, attempting to build a number of relationships. One of those was a relationship between the WBA and AIBA whilst another, from today, saw Mendoza meet with officials from Japan.
Mendoza stated that his intention, over the coming years, was to have just a single WBA champion in each weight class. We have long heard this from Mendoza publicly but at the moment there are still a number of divisions with multiple WBA champions and the cynics among us expect the multi-title era of the WBA to continue long in to the future.
Whilst part of the meeting with the JBC was to talk about lowering the number of WBA "world" titles another was Mendoza's talking about the WBA Asia title, something he's hoping to get the JBC on side with.
Although Mr Mendoza was seemingly happy at the meeting it's unclear whether the JBC will officially accept the title, accept it "unofficially" as they have with WBO Asia Pacific title or just totally refuse to accept it on Japanese soil.
Unfortunately it seems like the JBC may be running the horrible risk of devaluing their own domestic title if they do allow the WBA Asia title to follow in the footsteps of the WBO Asia Pacific title, especially if they are to set up their own JBC Youth crown.
There has also been some fans speculate that if the JBC does recognise the WBA Asia pacific title there could bearound 100 fighters in Japan holding some form of title, from world titles to Oriental titles, Japanese titles, Japanese Youth titles, WBO Asia Pacific titles and WBC Youth titles. That seems to be sitting unwell with some fans. Although it would open the door to more Japanese fighters potentially getting WBA title shots it could become a major issue if they do over-saturate their domestic scene with titles, to the detriment of fans and match ups.
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